August 4, 2016
Have you ever wondered how those leather bags and purses are made? I have, for quite some time actually. Thanks to Alunsina! I bought this gorgeous leather notebook a few years back when I first went to 10A Alabama.
From then on I wondered how to make these beauties. I even bought a really thick slab of secondhand leather but never got to do anything with it. Watching YouTube videos and Skillshare classes didn't help much either. (I still love Skillshare though!)
I was able to spot a leather workshop through Satchmi a month ago, and it's by leather.ph. So what happened? Scroll down for my day's highlights.
Some notes from the leather workshop:
Main Leather types: Real vs Genuine
- Real: This type of leather is real through and through.
- Genuine: Mostly 45% real, there's a layer of vinyl or resin.
- Tip: look at the edges: It they have the same color it's real, if it looks layered it's genuine.
Tools & Materials:
I didn't get to take photos of all the tools, but these were the materials shared with us:
- First step is to create a pattern or plan the product that you want to make.
- Next step is to cut the leather according to the size you're gonna work with. Optional: Dye the leather with the color that you want. I want a dark brown product to match my leather journal.
- Fold the leather and mark it for stitching.
- Hammer in the stitching holes. This might look easy but keeping those lines straight is tricky.
- Stitching time! Straight lines please.
- Finish the edges with wax and rubbing.
I think I have more than enough pouches in my room so something else might be fun to make. I have a couple of trips lined up, so I made a notebook sleeve that can double as a passport holder.
Overall this workshop was absolutely fun. Only downside was the constant searching for tools, and the hunger games-style agawan of the tools and stump.
Also, one reason why I wanted to take a leather class, was to gain easy access to tools that I can take home after. Unfortunately, it's not included in the workshop package. No worries though, PHP 1,500 for the type of leather we used, it's already a steal.