A leather working guide for beginners:
In this tutorial I will show you how to make an iPhone sleeve out of an old leather bag without having to buy many tools. It’s a starting point if you want to work with leather but you’re not sure if you want to spend hundreds of dollars on tools and materials.
Note: for in-depth hand sewing instructions, please check out my hand sewing tutorial. The end result is this simple iPhone case:
Let’s get started: Old bag Find an old bag, jacket or other leather item you don’t use anymore. Cut along the seams Cut off all hardware and then cut along the seams. Separate the lining If there’s lining inside the bag, separate and remove it. Lining and front piece Here are the 2 pieces I’m going to use: the lining and the front piece of the bag Glue lining to leather Apply glue to the back of the front piece (the flesh side) and glue the lining on. Cut pieces Cut out the main piece. The piece I cut for the iPhone 4 was around 14.4cm by 13.2cm. Use the phone you’re going to make the cover for as a guide by wrapping the leather around it and mark it. Cut corner Fold it in half and cut a rounded corner on one end. Glue edges in place Apply some glue to the inside of the edges and glue the piece in place. This will make sewing much easier and keep the leather aligned. Mark the stitches Use a ruler and any sharp object that you can find (anything that you can use to leave a mark on the leather) to mark each stitch you’re going to make. Try to keep a consistent gap between each stitch. Stitch markings Close-up of my markings (ideally you would use a stitching spacer to speed up this process). Sewing the top Start sewing around the top opening. Sewing Sew around the top Loop thread Once you’re all the way around, you can loop the thread vertically before sewing along the long edge of the case. Backstitch Backstitch a couple of stitches Melt the thread ends Cut the thread and melt the ends. Darken the edge If your lining has a white edge, you can use a marker to paint it black (in case you don’t have any black dye). DONE!