31 January, 2016

Leather Making

This is my kitchen table. A big fat leathery mess.
DS and I have been delving into leather work. He wanted to give his friends 'Handmade!'
I'm happy to support that.
Also, very interested.

One of two hides I now have in the house - will they stay with me or do they travel with DS?

He made this hatchet cover.

  •  We covered pattern making. 
  • How to figure out dimensions if you do not want to pay $4.99 for a digital download. 
  •  How leather stretches (OMG). 
  • What types of leather we really needed. 
  •  How to hold a bic lighter so it does not scorch the leather (do not use on cork!).
  • Which tools are necessary (thank you garage sale find! and Tandy Leather).

The wallet behind the cork  was our first presentable wallet. I made the cork one first. This holds a card on each side (mirror image design) with a pocket in the middle for paper bills/more cards.

We are now working on a design for a four card minimalist wallet with middle pocket. DS bought the second hide - a shoulder cut - the other night. This leather cut looks like we'll be able to shave the 'seams' easier and provide a bit more structure - and less stretch.

His goal is a minimalist wallet. He also made a couple of journal covers. 

I have seriously awesome kids.


  1. How totally cool! When I read the title in my blogreader I thought maybe you had purchased some Craft-Tex and were leatherizing it - only to pop over to your blog to find ... ACTUAL LEATHER, lol! Not a project I would take on - I'm just not that brave (and don't need another addiction) but I can't wait to see what you guys come up with :) I'm curious about the cork - is that some kind of design on a piece of leather, or is it actual cork, and if it's cork, what form are you buying it in - like ... sheets?!

    1. I saw the cork on one of my FB groups - NCW Wallet Addicts (?) and bought some from a gal in Hawaii who imports it from Portugal (SewDaKine). It is awesome in texture and durability. Looks to be cork with fabric adhered to back? Look on etsy.

  2. Ohhh.. I love leather-working! I've made wallets, purses, all kinds of things. I also have quite a bit of tanned soft leather for making pouches and bags.. I've done a lot of beadwork on the leather, too. Congrats on your son wanting to make his own gifts.

    And *T*H*A*N*K* * *Y*O*U*!*!*!* so much for the heart you made for me.. I did a blog post on it today. I seriously adore it!

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. I "heart" creative messes! I also agree that you have seriously awesome kids!!!

  4. The Bic lighter is used for?

    1. To seal the waxed thread. It locks the end stitches.

  5. I bought a bunch of leather supplies on Sunday at Michaels....which means approx 5 months to 2 years from now I will actually make the leather keychains I want to make. :) It took about 2 years for me to actually start the sashiko after buying the original supplies for it. So I am eagerly following your leather progress!

    1. My penchant for new shiny projects makes my goal of being on Hoarders a definite possibility. . .

  6. I have always wished my children to have an interest in any craft, but no avail. Sigh! Glad you are enjoying working with yours...


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