Well, I decided to finally cut into some leather I had gotten long ago. I cranked out this leather zippered pouch (from the Caravan Tote & Pouch pattern) and another little guy to go along, skipping the front pockets (which I love, but I needed a quick project). Sometimes I feel like after sewing so many prototypes and mucked up projects I need to sew something I know I can make. That would be my fave: a zippered pouch. I seriously hoard zippers like they’re going out of style. You can verify that with Jennie of Zipit.
So I cut into this beautifully soft and lovely leather and tried this pouch. I tested on scrap leather quite a bit beforehand. I made sure to use poly thread (even tried some Coats Dual Duty heavier thread) and a leather needle. Worked pretty slick on my scrap leather. But every time I tried to sew the end tab on the zipper it missed a few stitches. I didn’t give up easily, I think I gave it about 15 tries on both my machines. Neither machine liked the tiniest of bumps and that’s when the stitches skipped. I’m determined though to keep trying, but on my first leather project I felt like a few skipped stitches wasn’t a bad thing. This leather is pretty thin and I hope to try out something just a bit thicker, out of curiosity. How about you? Do you love using leather or are you a bit scared like me?
The other companion pouch was the bread and butter, using Bark & Branch cotton canvas that I had picked up at the Sewcial Lounge in Madison, WI. Sewed up like a dream, back to comfy cozy forgivable cotton. Mmmm.
Hope you’re having a good February! I feel the days just slipping by. Soon it’ll be spring.