Sunday, April 4, 2010
Classic Handbags: Doctor Satchel
I don't know what it is exactly with these tidy little bags, but there's just something about the doctor satchel that makes me want to...play doctor? Yeesh. No, seriously, these bags are delightful because they fall somewhere between professional and casual: not quite as businesslike as a briefcase, but more pulled together than a giant floppy hobo bag.
The majority of real antique or vintage doctors' bags only have a small handle or pair of handles at the top closure, but attaching a shoulder strap only takes a little extra work and supplies. Use a leather hole punch tool to create four holes in the bag, about half an inch from the top at the upper four corners. Snap four swivel clasps into the four holes. The actual strap itself can be made from almost any sturdy material, from a leather belt to a seatbelt to a length of reinforced fabric. Just punch two holes in either end of the strap and connect to the bag with the swivel clasps.
Etsy has some truly fantastic bags available in a variety of shapes, sizes, ages, and conditions. The photo in this post is of a product on Etsy, actually...tempting, oh so tempting...