Hi awl, and thanks for looking at my first Instructable!
Sorry for the awlful pun, but I just couldn't resist. I have had the idea of getting a sewing awl for quite a while, but like every good cheapskate maker with a little spare time, I decided to make one out of scrap just to try it out. I found some Instructables mentioning sewing awls, and I found a few Youtube videos showing how to use one. By watching and reading, I figured out that the fancy little thread bobbins are just a convenience, you can do the sewing with a much simpler awl.
Here are a few videos I found that show you how to sew using a sewing awl.
The real thing you need is a sturdy needle with a hole in the end, set in a handle. That's what I set out to make.