Thursday, August 30, 2012

leather pouch

 
my dad comes over to see Leo and I once a week and he usually has change for Leo to put in his coin banks.  the last time he was over he mentioned that he wanted to get a leather bag to keep the coins in that he brings over (he had them in a sock because he'd collected so many to bring) so I thought I'd try to see if I could make one for him.
I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but thought I'd Google it and see what other ideas there were before I settled on a design, and I'm glad I did because I love this one:
I have a bag of saddle scraps so I just used that, but I think I'd try it with suede next time.  the piece I had that was big enough had a cheap looking finish, so I sanded it off and used some old walnuts I had to oil it and make it soft and dark.  a good way to get the most oil out of the nut was to squeeze them through my garlic press to make a paste.
 
I cut two half circles out of a softer leather for the sides so they gathered easy, and measured around the curved side to figure out how long to make the rectangle then sewed the round side of the half circle to the edge of the rectangle.  after I did both sides I punched holes along the sides and put two on the front and back to lace a piece of cord through.
it holds quite a bit of change but it's still pretty small.  I like how it came out, but I think my favorite part of it is the smell!

5 comments:

Twisted Thistle Crafts said...

What is the measurement of the half circle and the middle piece?

Twisted Thistle Crafts said...

What is the measurement of the half circle and the middle piece?

candice said...

it's been so long I don't remember! if I was to guess, I would say the flat side of the half circle was maybe 4" across.

candice said...

maybe more like 5"... you can make it whatever size you want by testing out on a piece of paper to gauge how big the opening will be, how deep it'll be, and you don't have to make it a half circle on the sides, you can make it a U shape or a V shape, or whatever.

Sonja Coleman said...

that is brilliant! thanks for such a wonderful and easy to follow tutorial.