Breathing New Life Into an Old Leather Handbag - Mexican Braided Strap

I've been happily working in the studio on some new braiding and lacing techniques for the last few weeks that I can apply to handbag straps. Below are a few pics of one of the new straps that came from this study.

The buckle and clasp ends are saddle stitched and the middle braided parts are a Mexican braid stitch. 334" of lace went into the braided parts and I'm really liking the end result.

I think it does a nice job of breathing some new life into a well broken in bag. Maybe i'll try making a fatter strap, about 2" wide for the next one.