Picture of Leather Patchwork Table Runner

This leather table runner is made by using contact adhesive to stick pieces of leather onto denim backing from a pair of old jeans before stitching the pieces down.

This is a reasonably basic sewing project but I am assuming you know how to work a sewing machine - zig-zag stitch, back-tacking at the start/end of stitching, etc.

Step 1: ​Materials

Picture of ​Materials


  • A bunch of leather scraps (you'll need more than you think)
  • Denim recycled from a pair of jeans
  • Extra-strong sewing thread

Standard Sewing Equipment:

  • Sewing machine
  • Leather or Jeans sewing needle
  • Fabric shears
  • Thread snips
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Ruler
  • Chalk or fabric pen

Make sure you have strong thread and a strong needle - you can get a leather needle, but I found a jeans needle works just as well. The jeans needle makes a round hole, the leather needle makes a diamond-shaped cut which closes up better if you unpick the stitch.

cobbyziggy1 year ago

i like your work

nic nak1 year ago
PS, thanks for the tip on tension. I've been sewing some very thick, dense fabric and my zig zag was skipping x
pipe42 (author)  nic nak1 year ago

I think there can be some other reasons for zig-zag skipping, like a bent needle, but lowering the tension definitely solved the problem for me.

YerGramma1 year ago
A very innovative use of leather, and the result is stunning. Thanks for posting it!
nic nak1 year ago
This really is a beautiful piece, I love it.
pipe42 (author)  bonsaiknitterguy1 year ago

Thank you!