sewing with leather
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Adventures with Leather

I recently bought 4 pieces of leather from Fabworks in Dewsbury

 (West Yorkshire) for £10. Tonight, after much googling, I found a tutorial 

on favecrafts to make a leather clutch bag. 

The instructions were really simple, and I’d made it around an hour. For the lining I used some fabric from my stash which will one day be a frock.  So now I have a matching bag for a dress which is not yet in my wardrobe! 

I was able to use my new roller foot which my lovely sister bought me for my birthday. 

Here it is in action, and a few more action shots as I worked my way through the tutorial:  

I cut out the leather then used it as a template to cut out the lining – remembering to have wrong sides together. 

I used stationary clips to hold the fabric together. 

Here is the bag before the sides were stitched (above)

The instructions for sewing the sides together seemed hard to follow when I initially read them through, but once I started it all fell into place. 

Hope you enjoyed reading this, and if you’re wondering whether to have a go at working with leather, it’s not as difficult as you might think. Don’t think I’m quite ready to tackle an item of clothing yet, but after a few more bags you never know!! 


PS Did you know roller feet can be used to sew jersey!?!?! I sew so much jersey and never knew until I read it on the back of the packet. 



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  1. So cool. I quite fancy giving leather a go sometime – though like you I think I’d go with bags rather than clothes to begin with. (I have used a pleather type material for costume making before, but had the issue of it not feeding properly, so ended up hand stitching as I could not drop the feed dogs on my old machine- Clearly I needed a rolling foot!)

    • You def need to have a go – it’d be an excuse to go to Fabworks and buy some leather, amongst other things! You’ll be making leather trench coats before yer know it! πŸ˜€βœ‚οΈπŸ˜€

    • Thank you Laurie
      I never thought of the leather killing my machine, it’s 13 years old and never been serviced. Yikes!! Best get it in for one soon if I’m going to be putting it through it’s paces!

  2. I love the outcome. Awesome job! I don’t like working with leather, because it slips and slides. I must invest in a roller foot! Thank you for sharing!!! πŸ™‚

    • So far the hardest part has been getting the needle through the leather on the first stitch. It takes a bit of coaxing. Other than than no probs

  3. Hi Ali, This is Julia from FaveCrafts. Just wanted to say thanks so much for linking to our pattern! So glad you found us and made this awesome bag! Have a great day!

    • Hi Julia
      Thanks for the reply. It’s a great site and full of inspiration. It was one of the first sites I stumbled across when I was looking for something to make with leather and will definitely be going back to it. πŸ˜ƒβœ‚οΈπŸ˜ƒ

  4. I have one of those feet from my mom/grandmother! Never really knew what it was used for… but now I do, and you bet I will be using it!! πŸ™‚

  5. There’s link on the website to download the book for free as a PDF. βœ‚οΈπŸ˜€βœ‚οΈ

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