Sewing with Leather

I had a little custom order for a tobacco pouch. I had never worked with leather before. I did a spot of research on the web and picked friends heads for information. I found how to sew with leather on a sewing machine surprisingly easy. I guess it helped that the leather wasn't too thick.

I managed to find a bit of leather adequate enough and not too expensive that if I ruined it I wouldn't be devastated. The leather was lovely and had a great natural edge around it, it was thin and easily sew-able with a normal sewing machine. I made up my own pattern and included an inside pocket and papers sleeve.

I used that natural edge as the feature on the front of this tobacco pouch. Inside the pouch I used a hand printed fabric that I had received as a part of a swap. I sewed a long strap onto the front and a button to wrap and keep it together.  I loved sewing with leather and I can't wait to find another leather pattern to sew.

When I sew I usually make up extra for the market (which I have done here) and are now available for purchase.  I like them because they are unisex, lovely and natural.

I really enjoyed working with leather for the first time and I have a feeling that If I can find some more hides at a decent price I would like to use it more often.... Cross all my fingers and tight arse toes for a fab find.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.