Here are some small leather bags that I build using my braided leather construction. Most all of my purses and handbags are made using moccasin cowhide leather that is about 4 ounces thick. I can usually make these bags about any size that someone would like.
small leather handbags and purses
I make many variations of the small leather handbags below in various sizes. Usually they are made large enough to hold a check book. Depending on what the buyer wants, I use either a 4 or 8 strand braid for the shoulder straps that can be made at most any length.
I've been informally calling all of these bags my 'barrel bags'. Many of them have pockets on each end. Some have handles, others have shoulder straps. Some have different braided appliques. These braided shoulder straps, and the handles, can be made to any length. All of these bags have large brass zippers (#10 YKK). The coca cola can is for size reference.
This small leather handbag also has a large brass zipper (#10 YKK) that is covered by a flap that has a roll button closure. It has a pocket on the front under the flap. At the request of the buyer, it has no handle or strap. It is about 9" wide by 6" high, but, can be custom made to any dimensions. Like with this bag, I often make the back piece larger and then gather it to front piece to form more third dimension to the bag.