The big news around these parts (aside from the fact that John’s defending his dissertation on Monday!!) is LEATHER. Namely, that we’ve got some. This post is primarily a link-fest of bag patterns and other inspiration for leather sewing. Most of them would work just great with leather of the faux variety I am working on getting some quality pleather for vegans and other non-leather-using folks out there.
Personally, I really like the feel and wear of real leather. My conscience does pique me at times and I regret that I’m not quite strong enough to be a vegetarian. The hides we have come from animals who are used for food products as well, so it’s less icky than killing sweetie foxes just for their fur, but one should always be conscious of where one’s food/clothing/etc. has come from and try not to over-consume. The smaller pieces we have are leftovers from the upholstery industry, so that helps reduce waste.
These remnants are $10 a pound, for which you can actually get alot of material. The photo below represents a pound of leather on my cutting table (grid is in inches). A goodly amount, indeed! And there’s more where that came from.
I used some remnants to make the envelope cell phone holders below, from a pattern by Swellmayde. I’m planning on doing an envelope clutch next.
To get you revved up for fancy schmancy leather sewing projects, I’ve cobbled together (Like a cobbler? Cobbling leather shoes? Get it? I’m hilarious!) some tutorials and patterns you might like. For your delectation:
Bag’n-telle: The tutorials for the weekender and multi-pocket urban tote are lovely and would be perfect for a combination of leather and our waxed canvas. I also really liked the saddle-stitched handbag.
More tips and inspiration:
Come visit and see if something tickles your fancy!