I have a real nice blanket coat with self fringe & a couple of lined suede jackets that have some damage, but still a lot of useable material. I would like to make carry/tote bags with them. The blanket coat, I would like to take advantage of the fringe, incorporating it into the bag, and use yarn or such to cross stitch the seams. Does anyone have experience with this?; hand sewing, as no sewing machine.