This is a coin purse I made for the new "golden dollars" .
My 3 year old son was watching "Robin Hood " + Grandpa throwing out old shoes = cool place to stash change.
I really love the feel of the dollar coins and needed something to put them in to keep them from the bottom of my backpack. Watching the movie Robin Hood and seeing the characters run around with sacks of Gold was pretty cool. I had just said to myself that I needed some leather to make a coin purse when Grandpa came up the stairs and said he was getting rid of his old shoes and did I know anyone who could use them....
Step 1: Harvesting leather
Using a craft knife, cut away sections of leather by following the shoes seams. The leather is bonded to many layers of material, but once you cut though the top leather layer you can peel it off....
Step 2: More cutting
Going around the back of the shoe to get a long piece.
Step 3: Gathering the leather a pattern emerges
at this point I was just harvesting leather, but I see how a pattern is emerging for a coin purse.
Step 4: Soft leather
This T shaped piece is thinner and softer than the body leather. Great for the top of the bag where the shoe laces will thread through and will be pliable enough to cinch up tight.
Step 5: All the pieces
I trim the pieces if needed to make sure they match in size.
Step 6: Sewing
Before sewing, I sanded the "inside" surface of the leather free of the adhesive residue by rubbing the leather on the concrete steps to the patio. I used a sharp hand needle and black sewing thread doubled and knotted and pulled through beeswax to make sewing easier. I started with the two long pieces back to back. ( inside out )
Step 7: Sew one edge
I sewed the two pieces of leather along the top edge only.
Step 8: The top fits
Fold open the sewn long piece and notice that it wants to curve into a "U" shape. Wrap the long piece around the toe top leather, make sure it "fits" and sew .