Cutting Leather


Upcycling Leather into Accessories


Lesson Info

Cutting Leather

I would love to just sort of demonstrate how I do this so to cut into leather it's pretty straightforward you need a good pair of fabric scissors and let's see what will cut into so why don't you just start cutting into the sleeve so I do this pretty much the same way that I would cut into a felted sweater or any kind of garment that I'm using I'm creating usable fabric from so what I would do is I would look at this and say ok do I like the scene do we want to keep this scene and then from there like this seems kind of un interesting but we might want to use it so then from there I would pick one seem to cut open on the cuff and then I would cut right at the seam of the yeah the arm hole scene and then just cut away from the lining I just kind of rip the lining out to now actually cut this pleather the same way yeah you're just creating like usable panels of fabric and then you're cutting away sometimes on jackets you have some really thick pockets like slanted pockets well two pocket...

s you can certainly use those like that would be a cool thing to incorporate in a book cover or something like that so those air businesses the decisions that you make at this stage it's like this skirt cut it open it's actually won pull peace I mean, you could just story this like this it's pleather with like a flannel inside kind of odd fabric I've never seen anything like that before you could cut the zipper out and then the other thing that's interesting so I would just cut straight through the lining and the yeah, I would just do it because another thing that is interesting with these cups that snap on this particular jacket you may find a use for those and I've also seen people cut the collars off and make collars toe wear said those were just the things that you think about when you're cutting these up blair that snap could make just a perfect leather snap bracelet I know right with just a clean cut yeah and then love for my up cycle jury class yeah could add probabilities are you know right? Well, so this so yeah so this is the idea so we have a sleeve and you just your deconstructing the jacket but you're saving any of the scenes that you I think you're cool and you want to save yeah it's always fun to see the inside of the jacket very awesome, thank you very much so that is what I do for any of these pieces and that goes for swayed that goes for leather pleather here's, a vinyl skirt or miss arias sweet skirt that I've been cutting into and as you can see, sometimes they don't even cut him apart. I just cut off what need if the lining really isn't attached very well, then that's, that's, fair game. I just start cutting into it.

Class Description

New leather is durable, but costly on your pocketbook and the environment. In Upcycling Leather into Accessories, Blair Stocker will help you find second-hand sources for fine leather and teach you how to transform it into fresh, workable material.

As the author of Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love, Blair is full of helpful tips on upcycling old goods. In this class, she’ll teach you how to make gorgeous new leather goods from old ones. You’ll learn how to:

  • Pick the right tools for leather working
  • Prep, clean, and cut leather for re-use
  • Sew and glue leather pieces together

Projects will include; journal making, bookbinding, tassel making, stamping, and printing – all with leather.

Upcycling Leather into Accessories will make leathercraft an affordable and fun addition to your creative arsenal.