*This kit was gifted to me for review, no affiliate links*
I’ve been wanting to invest in a few accessories lately, like shoes and bags, but I have been a bit overwhelmed at the idea of making them myself. Let me tell you: this kit from Hands of Tym pretty holds your hand the entire way, and only requires you to have a small screwdriver on hand. Every single thing you need is included in this kit, down to the hand-sewing needles.
The needles, thread, and hardware, all feel substantial and good quality. (This is something I worry about with kits).
The vegan-tanned leather pieces are meticulously pre-punched. There are many color options available for the body, as well as your choice of gold or silver finish hardware (and I’m guessing if you were looking for something specific, bespoke designer and leather-work instructor, Georgie Tym, would try to make it work for you).
This small business is local to Oxfordshire in the UK – if you are fortunate enough to be local, you can check out the workshops available (as well as other DIY kits) on the website !
For the rest of us, international shipping is available. The kit I received is 135 GBP (which is about 230 CAD) so it is an investment piece in my wardrobe and my life. I love thrifting, so most often I come into a bag at the end of its life… this is a great way for me to start at the beginning.
This kit is a manageable introduction to bag- making. It would make a really special gift for anyone who would like to wear something they made themselves (No sewing machine required)!
The instructions made sense to me, but if you get stuck there is a video tutorial, and of course, you can contact the company for support.
The only modification I made was to make the buckle clasp into a magnetic snap. I need to open and shut my bag with one hand 🙂
(I had to punch slits into the bag to apply the snap.)
I’m so pleased with my bag, and I’m excited for all the wear it will see!