Have you ever sewn leather? It’s always seemed a bit scary to me, but my sewing machine has a special button for sewing leather and every time I’ve sat down at it I’ve wondered, “Could I really sew leather? What would I make?” It was an itch I needed to scratch, so the other weekend I ventured to Denver Fabrics. It’s a crazy HUGE place that is completely overwhelming for me, but I knew I could find pretty leather. That I did. I bought a supple brown lamb skin and brought it home. I made 2 projects with it, but today I’ll just show you one. (The auto focus on my main camera lens is dying and I only got okay photos of one of the things I made.)
Behold the little shoes:
Aren’t they perfect? I love them. They are such a cute shape, with a wide toe. Robeez are cute, but sometimes the decoration on them is a bit much for me. I used this pattern with a few modifications. Since I was using leather instead of fabric I didn’t make the heel or sole two layers. I did line the toe part with some fabric, though, so I had a little channel for the elastic to go through.
I used the suede side of the leather for the sole and a decorative flower stitch to topstitch them. The actual sewing was just like sewing regular fabric. I made sure I had a leather needle in my machine and that was it. Piece of cake.
And because I can’t resist it, here are some pictures of the other end of my little shoe model.
The camera clicking woke her up.
How will I survive when she’s not a baby anymore? I need to freeze time.