Working With Leather - How-tos you want to know: How to Cut Leather, How to Make a Leather Book Cover, How to Make a Leather Dog Collar, How to Make a Leather Pouch, How to Preserve Leather, How to Shape Leather, and more… [NOOK Book]

Working With Leather - How-tos you want to know: How to Cut Leather, How to Make a Leather Book Cover, How to Make a Leather Dog Collar, How to Make a Leather Pouch, How to Preserve Leather, How to Shape Leather, and more…

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Working With Leather

Table of Contents

How to Cut Leather
How to Make a Leather Book Cover
How to Make a Leather Dog Collar
How to Make a Leather Pouch
How to Preserve Leather
How to Shape Leather
How to Use a Stitching Awl in Leather Work
How to Choose Leather
How to Make a Leather Bracelet
How to Make a Leather Game Board
How to Make a Pair of Moccasins
How to Sew a Double Needle Stitch on Leather
How to Tool Leather
How to Sew a Tunnel Stitch on Leather
How to Paint Leather
How to Make a Leather Keychain Fob
How to Make a Leather Checkbook Cover
How to Make a Leather Belt
How to Make a Braided Leather Belt
How to Dye Leather
How to Choose Leather-Working Tools

How to Cut Leather
Most leather-working projects require that the leather be cut. Use these suggestions to cut thin or thick leather.


1. Lay the leather out on a flat work surface. Protect the surface with a rubber mat made
especially for leather working. This mat will also help protect your tools from being blunted or
damaged by contact with the surface.
2. Use a pencil and a ruler or yardstick to make the cutting line along the leather's surface. Make very light pencil marks that don't score the leather.
3. Use a French curve or other rounded edge to trace a curved line.
4. Place a straightedge, such as a metal ruler, along the drawn line. A thick straightedge provides stability for the cutting blade.
5. Draw the tip of a razor knife along the straightedge, cutting into the leather as you go. Keep the blade pushed against the straightedge as you cut into the leather.
6. Cut only as deep as you can while still being able to control the blade. Take as many cutting passes as necessary to cut through the leather.
7. Cut curved lines in the same manner. If you draw your curve freehand, position your razor so it's perpendicular to the leather's surface. Make several light passes with the razor along the drawn line until the leather is cut.
8. Use leather shears to cut suede and garment leather.


Change the knife blade as often as needed. One blade should last for the duration of a project.
Keep the leather damp while you work it. This makes the leather easier to manipulate. Either spray the entire piece lightly with a spray bottle of water or dampen it with a sponge.
Dampen the piece evenly with water. If a few drops of water spill onto the piece, then wet the entire piece. This will help prevent water spots.
How to Make a Leather Book Cover
Make a leather cover for your favorite book or to give as a gift to someone special. You can decorate and personalize the cover with tooling and stamping or leave it unadorned.


1. Make a pattern for the book cover by folding a medium- to heavy-weight piece of paper around
the existing cover of the closed book.
2. Trim the paper so that inch extends beyond both the top and bottom of the book. Also trim the vertical edges of the paper so that inch extends beyond both the front and back covers.
3. Measure the length and the width of the front cover of the book. Use a ruler, pencil and scissors to measure and mark out a rectangle that measures the width of the cover plus inch and the length of the cover plus inch. This forms the pattern for the pockets of the cover.

4. Lay the two pattern pieces onto a piece of 4 to 6-oz. leather. See 'eHow to Cut Leather' for instructions on marking and cutting out the pattern pieces from the leather. Make sure to cut out two of the rectangular pieces from Step 3 as well as one piece from Step 2.
5. Lay the larger pattern piece onto a piece of skiver leather. Mark and cut out the pattern from this piece. This will serve as the lining of the cover.
6. See 'eHow to Finish the Edges of a Piece of Leather' for instructions on finishing the edges of the cover and pocket pieces.
7. Place the heavier book cover piece on a flat work surface, right side down. Evenly apply leather cement to the leather with a wooden paint stirring stick. Allow the cement to dry until the shine has disappeared and then affix the lining.

8. Affix the lining beginning at either the left or right edge of the cover and then smooth the lining toward the opposite end. Make sure that the top and bottom edges are lined up evenly. Allow the cement to dry thoroughly.

9. Keep the book cover right side down and cement each pocket piece in place along the left and right edges of the cover. Apply cement to the side and top edges of each piece. Allow these pieces to dry thoroughly, as well.
Tips: Use vegetable-tanned leather if you plan on tooling, dying or stamping the leather.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013121379
  • Publisher: S.H.W.
  • Publication date: 8/14/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 357,296
  • File size: 28 KB

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