Back in November of last year my friends and I tracked down leather couches being given away on Craigslist so we could skin them and reuse the leather. We had several costumes to make for a steampunk themed outreach and needed as much material as we could find. When it was all said and done we had excess leather and I decided to collect some of the pieces to make wallets and bags. I also had leather from remnant bags you can find at fabric stores. In addition to all of that, Angela will buy the occasional leather pant or skirt from the $1 bins at thrift stores for me so I can repurpose them.
So I brought all the leather I have with me and we've turned our dinner table into a regular ol' sweat shop.
|In case it isn't clear...I am joking. Obvi. These pants are lambskin and were only $1.|
As I promised... this is how I made the leather envelope/wallet that was included in the giveaway.
|Step 1: collect materials|
Step 2: cut out pattern
Step 3: iron pattern into the correct shape
Step 4: sew leather detailing and tack into place
|Brown leather, mint green zipper and orange stitching.|
|The process of turning a couch into a purse.|
|Black leather, exposed gold zipper on black with black stitching|
I've come to realize sewing a zipper is much harder than I had imagined. Partly because I don't have a zipper foot on my sewing machine and we are dealing with leather. When it has come to making the leather pouch and the folded purse, I mainly provided the materials, decided on the style and supervised the making, since I am still in the learning stages. We'll see what I can come up with on my own later.