Working with leather is far from easy. You need to be extra careful when cutting, because natural leather presents a lot of imperfections, specks, holes and uneven thickness. Also, any hole you puncture is permanent. Of course, there are tricks, and you can even unpick an ugly looking stitching, and redo it, but better plan your steps in advance.
So my first bag was a transition from something familiar. I used lambskin left-overs and assembled a patchwork bag.
Aligning patchwork stitches was so complicated, that probaby, I won't be doing it ever again. Also, lambskin is prone to dirtying very quickly.
So this handbag from vegetable-tanned leather was the second thing I came up with:
It was much more fun to work with. The only problem I had was with one of the handles, that I must have cut from the belly part of the hide, so when it was shaped in U-form - it wrinkled.
Also, I should have used a double-zipper.