DIY | Leather Double-Wrap Belts

April 16, 2014

A few weeks ago Sara from An Elemental Life sent me some belt inspiration via Pinterest. Being the resourceful woman that she is, Sara decided that we were going to make these belts to cinch up all of the cute dresses we think we’re sewing this year. During her spring break we went on a field trip to our local Tandy Leather to peruse tools, belt blanks and hardware.

double wrap

triple wrap

I had no idea what the plan was and kept gravitating towards a heinous, metallic gold, sale hide that I ended up bringing home with me. Sara grabbed 72″ belt blanks, all of the accessories and hole punches. We also picked out stamps for visual interest and to kind of copy our inspiration picture.

huge mess at sara'a



They ended up being such a fun and quick project! We met up at Sara’s one afternoon, ate an entire pizza then got to work. We used razor blades to skive the leather for the belt buckle, but other than that we pretty much just punched a few holes and attached brass hardware. So fast! They’re not treated, but will darken with time. Next time we’d like to experiment with leather dye.

I don’t remember the exact costs, but I think these ended up being about $25 each to make. That includes tools that we’ll be reusing. Such a good deal!

It was fun to do something besides sewing or knitting, so we’re definitely going to continue with random diy projects. I think dyeing is high on our priority list and I’m completely obsessed with these shark teeth earrings. Sans glitter.



Moss Making Month is still in full swing, so I hope you guys are making some too! Check out Jen’s linen version, Allie’s first and Sara’s denim one. SO CUTE! I’ll have one or two to share this weekend.

Pendleton + Leather

March 24, 2013

A few weeks ago my friend Kristen kindly divulged that she had found some gorgeous Pendleton wool at our local fabric store. I hadn’t even been to this store yet (isn’t that embarrassing??), so we planned a trip. I was only going to buy knits and a few other things that caught my eye in the bargain bins, but after she cut the 2 yds of wool that she came in for, I decided to take the last little bit.


What was I going to do with 5/8 of a yard?? Initially I wanted to make a tote bag with a leather bottom, but I couldn’t find a pattern or even an inspiration piece to base it off of. I also wanted to make the most of the big print. It would be lost on anything smaller than a cape or huge bag. I’ve made the Amy Butler Weekender Bag three times before and now I’m using it again minus the front pockets. It features huge side panels and it’s quite thick, so I think it will be perfect.

bonded nylon

I also splurged on some leather. I’m using it for the piping, bottom panel, side pockets and handles. Leftovers may become a throw pillow.

half a beef


I’m getting used to the walking foot! I don’t close my eyes or flinch when it starts up. Well, initially I do then I’m fine for the rest of the day. Here are some close-ups of preparing the cording using a zipper foot.

preparing cording

preparing cording

I still need to order a zipper, buy veg tan to stabilize the leather bottom and handles and find a lining! Any suggestions on lining? Luckily, I can construct the entire bag and handstitch it in afterwards, but I’m worried if I wait too long it will sit lining-less for months. That would be awful.

At home I’m slowly cutting out Archer. It’s been such a long time since I’ve made a collared shirt that I’m waiting for Jen’s sewalong. I’m using a super lightweight,┬ástriped cotton in view A.


ALSO, I’m featured on my friend’s new blog this week. Read it here: HyLighted

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