The leather or suede should be 2-4 oz./sq. ft. or 1-3 mm thick. It should be fairly stiff, such as the type used for wallets, handbags, and bookbinding. Garment and glove leathers, such as cow split, lamb, and deer, are much stretchier and don't hold shape well. Upholstery vinyls and leather substitutes without fabric backings; flexible long-fiber heavy papers such as cotton and mulberry; even fiber-supported plastics such as Tyvektm, will also work. Materials thicker than 2-4 oz. or 1-3mm are too difficult to cut without special shears. Fabric backings fray. Garment PVC isn't stiff enough. Texture or design should be 2" or less, to fit on panels. Additional leather area will be needed if the design will be matched or centered.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Leather 7" x 7" - preferably 2-4 oz. calf, goatskin, suede, or equivalent. Design repeat less than 2".
- Contact cement
- Pattern material - cardstock, thin plastic, or an aluminum beverage can
- Kippah Patterns (Half and Quarter) .pdf
- Work surface - cardboard, section of newspaper, or cutting board
- Craft scissors or razor knife
- Ballpoint pen
- Optional: waterproof marker - same color as leather background shade