Posts

Vintage Article: How to Make a Golf Bag

One of my favorite parts about working on Fine Leatherworking business is reading the stories, tips and questions that we get from our readers. Together, we have so much collective leatherworking knowledge and wisdom, and it excites me to see us all learning and developing our skills together! To start this post, I just wanted […]

Customer Creations: A Bag for Every Purpose

This week’s Customer Creations post includes a variety of bags designed with every purpose in mind. Whether it’s a bag for your everyday carry, or you’re off to the office with a stack of paperwork, or you’re packing for a long weekend or extended vacation, these bags designed and constructed by our readers will have […]

From the Streets to the Smithsonian: The Life and Work of Soumana Saley

Today’s post tells the story of Soumana Saley, a respected leather craftsmen  from Niamey, Niger. His life represents a unique mix of passion and hard work that I found really inspiring, and it served as a reminder about the opportunity that we all have as leatherworkers in an ever-growing field. At the age of 11, […]

Videos: Design with Yourself in Mind

Today’s post is a pair of videos that inspired me to think more about how important it is to bring our own individual tastes, talents and gifts to our leatherworking projects. For those of us who own our own leatherworking businesses, we’ve all heard things like: “It’s important to keep the customer in mind at […]

Make Unique Leather Goods One Detail at a Time

It can seem difficult to develop your own style when you are creating your own leather goods. You look at iconic product designs both large and small and think, “I’ll never be able to come up with something that creative.” Great designs can seem like they came out of thin air, fully formed and completely […]

Customer Creations: A Collage of Colors

This week’s Customer Creations post includes an assortment of colorful pieces made by a number of truly talented artisans. Included are a gorgeous purse in mallard made from shrunken calf, a couple of high-end handbags, some lovely hard cases from an ex-Hermes craftsman and an awesome English bridal/shrunken calf dog-collar stitched with Lin Cable! Patrick […]

Connect with Other Leatherworkers to Expand Your Skill Set

When I first started Fine Leatherworking, one of my motivations was to connect more with other leatherworkers. I had a lot detailed knowledge about how to do hand-stitching with linen thread and make fine leather edges with the help of an electric creaser, but I also knew I could expand my knowledge by continually learning. […]

Video: A History of Tools for the Trade

Today’s post is an educational video sent to us by one of our community members that highlights a little piece of leatherworking history. Specifically, it goes into some detail about the tools and techniques that have traditionally been used in making a dog collar. Many of these techniques will be familiar to you. Many of […]

Working Out Design Kinks By Prototyping Your Leather Project

In our last post, I talked a little bit about how creating a prototype for your next leatherworking project can save you time and lend more confidence to the final design. Having a vague notion of how you will build something before actually building it is an easy way to make time-consuming and expensive mistakes […]

Save Time By Prototyping Your Leather Project

I often get reader questions about getting stuck in the middle of project. Something like, ‘I created an edge by gluing these three layers together and now it looks too thick.’ Or ‘I’m almost done with my bag but I’m not sure how to install the feet.’ I also have gotten to this point many […]

Products

[Pre-Order] Sewing Tower 502

Our Sewing tower is for leather goods makers who need an easier way to hand-sew boxes, cases and more complex leather projects. Use the Sewing Tower to hold your work in the positions and angles that you need. *Pre-order the 502 Tower by 6/1 and get it for introductory price of $187 (shipping in June)* […]

Sewing Tower 302

Our Sewing tower is for leather goods makers who need an easier way to hand-sew boxes, cases and more complex leather projects. Use the Sewing Tower to hold your work in the positions and angles that you need.

Leather Sewing Awl 38mm

Leather Sewing Awl 43mm

Diamond Shaped Leather Sewing Awl Vergez-Blanchard sewing awls for hand sewing leather are one of the sharpest available. These leather stitching awls are made of high grade tool steel and maintain their sharpness over long periods of hand sewing leather. Unlike other sewing awl handles which are round, these awls have two flats sides which aids in […]

Large Spool Polyester Thread Size #8: Red

Red Bonded Polyester Thread for Hand-Sewing and Machine-Sewing Leather – Size #8 1000 Meter Spool

Supersew MBT Polyester Thread Sample Book

Get a sample book of all of the thread colors and sizes available for our Supersew MBT polyester threads.

Natural Leather Protector – 16oz

Waterproofs and protects your most color sensitive leather. Natural Leather Protector is made with the newest and most advanced formulas in scientific technology, offering you a waterproofing and stain resistance that doesn’t affect the color or texture of deer hide.

Zipper Bottom Stop Size #5: Nickel

Zipper Bottom Stop Size #5: Nickel for constructing handbags and other leather goods

D-Ring Pull Zipper Slider Size #5: Nickel

D-Ring Pull Zipper Slider Size #5: Nickel for constructing handbags and other leather goods

Zipper Top Stop Size #5: Nickel

Zipper Top Stop Size #5: Nickel for constructing handbags and other leather goods

Round Pull Zipper Slider Size #5: Nickel

Round Pull Zipper Slider Size #5: Nickel for constructing handbags and other leather goods