Introduction: Leather Sleeve for Beginners. No Tools!
This project is for anyone who has the curiosity of working with leather but won't give it a chance because they lack the special tools needed for an elaborated project.
I made this basic sleeve to show how anybody could work with leather, I want you to learn from my mistakes. I wanted do work with leather in more ambitious projects but I knew I had to practice beforehand. This sleeve was my practice project, the one in which I could learn what things I could do, and if I was going to be able to do it without the proper tools.
Spoiler alert: I ended up getting better tools for other projects. I decided I would invest in some just because it'll make the project look nicer. But it still was just a hobby so I kept using very few tools.
I share this project to inspire people to start without fear.
- Metal ruler
- Swiss Army Knife
- Chalk (or something similar like pencil, pen,...)
Step 1: Cut the Leather
- Draw a rectangle in the leather with the chalk (6x4 inch is more than enough)
- Cut the leather with the ruler and the cutter. (you could use scissors but it will be more straight with a cutter or exacto knife)
- Fold the piece around the Swiss Knife (making sure it covers it completely)
- Draw with the chalk around the Swiss Knife (that is where the stitches will be)
Make sure the Swiss Knife has space to go in and out.
Step 2: Marking the Stitch Holes
- Place the fork in the chalk line
- Push it very hard against the leather
- Do this through the chalk line making a dotted line
- Erase the chalk with some drops of water
Step 3: Making the Stitch Holes
This is where the lack of tools was obvious.
- Fold the sleeve in its future form
- Place the needle in one of the marks made by the fork
- Put the needle against the working board
- Push the leather downwards through the needle (making sure you cross both layers of leather)
Now you have a hole!
Repeat for every mark
Step 4: Needle It Up
- Make a double knot to start sewing
- Go through the sewing as normal
- When you get to the other end go backwards repeating in the same wholes but on the other sides
Step 5: Cut Excess
- Cut the excess of thread
- Cut the excess of leather
I cut it before sewing but I totally recommend you to do it afterwards
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