Sneak a Peek: Patchwork Panels in Production

FORTUNATA patchwork leather handbagA  favorite show on Discovery Channel explains how items are actually produced. I remember watching the episode with a vacuum cleaner and the whole concept was so different from what I expected.

That is exactly how felt when I watched the craftsman in the Italian Leather Workshop put together the panels for our FORTUNATA Leather Tote bag with the patchwork design.

I had always imagined how difficult it would be to sew all those little 6 x 6 cm squares together. It was one of those jobs that I would have avoided like the plague, I have enough trouble keeping my desk clean at work!     Imagine sorting 42 little squares.

When I mentioned this to my colleague Janice, she just had a good laugh and then invited me to come and watch as she prepared the next panel.

Pierotucci Italian Leather Handbags this is our Production in June

Janice is coordinating leather squares for our Fortunata Leather handbag in a patchwork style.

The 6 x 6 cm leather squares are first sorted in to “color groups” so that she will start work  with a homogeneous set of patches.

She will then use a card board pattern where she will place them out so that they form a pattern, looking to keep the colors and textures varied throughout the panel.

Once she has them organized she will open up a special piece of “sticky” paper, which will become the backing and is what holds the squares together.  Each colorful patch is carefully applied to the paper until a full panel is made.

Once the panel has been carefully assembled it is passed over to Loretta Tucci, one of the owners and a skilled seamstress, who will add a reinforcing zigzag stitch.

Now these panels are ready to  be used to make the Fortunata Leather Tote Bag.


About Pierotucci

Since 1972 Pierotucci has been designing and producing classic Italian Leather goods for men & women, including leather bags, leather handbags and purses, leather jackets and leather accessories such as wallets, gloves, belts and much more.
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