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How to make use of scraps...Leather - Part 3
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LC1 The final part (from these pair of trousers anyways) of what to do with leather scraps is here (finally!) After seeing this really pretty COS collar necklace I was inspired to create a leather version, here is how I did it.

What you'll need:

what you need

Leather scraps

Gross Grain Tape or Ribbon

Beads/Sequins for embellishment

Fabric Scraps for under the collar.

Needle & Thread

Scissors

Pins

Template - paper

Step 1.

collar template

I created a template in paper before cutting the shapes out of leather to ensure it was the right size and shape I wanted. Once I finalized it I pinned it to the leather and cut out the shapes.

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Step 2.

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Depending on what kind of collar you want yours to be (bling, subtle, rock n' roll) will depend on your design for the embellishment. I decided upon a more subtle look and chose to have matt metal sequins. Depending on which design you are looking for will depend on the design, I was torn between just embellishing the edges or covering the whole collar. I opted to do the second option. I started at the point and worked my way up...this is fairly time consuming, but perfect to do in front of a good movie.

Step 3.

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Take the fabric you have chosen as lining and cut out shapes like in Step 1. using the template only cut 1cm/ 3/8" from the edge. Keeping the template pinned to the fabric use an iron to fold the excess fabric over the template this will allow the raw edges to be hidden when attached to the leather. Repeat on other side.

Removing the template place the fabric on the corresponding leather shape and pin in place.

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Taking the Gross Grain/Ribbon measure and cut two lengths 15"/38cm. Attach one length to each side of collar with a needle and thread. Cut the loose end at a diagonal to reduce fraying.

With a needle and thread join the two pieces together, I chose a simple running stitch to sew them together.  Repeat on the other side.

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Step 4.

Attach the two pieces together at the inner point. Start by creating a few stitches on one side first then connect to the other.

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And Viola! You are finished! This is a fairly easy project and can be repeated using different fabrics and designs.

Hope you have fun making your own version!

xoxo

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How to make use of Scraps...Leather
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As you have probably guessed I don't really like to throw much away especially when it comes to bits of fabric. Call me a hoarder if you like but I try and re-use/upcycle as many scraps into something new...it also helps the environment and saves a few pennies too!

So, the other day I picked up these vintage leather trousers and made them into shorts. I was able to do so without any sewing - yay! However, I was left with two 'legs' of leather. Too much to toss out so I got to thinking...what can I make out of this?

I have come up with not 1 but 3 things I can do with said scraps (rather impressed with myself). The first of these ideas is a leather clutch, super simple and easy to do (hopefully). The other two ideas will be shared over the coming weeks, promise.

So here is today's 'How To'...leather clutch from scraps...

What you will need:

Scrap of leather or fabric.

Sharp scissors

Tape measure

Pen

Hole punch (I used an ice pick)

Needle n' thread

Stud with screw attachment

Metal edges - if desired

Step 1.

Take one leg or scrap of leather/fabric and open up and lay flat, face side down.

I decided I wanted to make an envelope style clutch so I made a rough template as a guide:

I pinned it to the fabric and cut around the edges.

Step 2.

Using the template as a guide fold the side edges in first and press the leather with a hot iron - be sure to be careful when using the iron.

Repeat with remaining folds. One complete up pin the template and remove.

Step 3.

Pin the bottom flap (one with straight edge) to the side flaps. Taking a needle and thread sew along the edge for about 3" / 8cm. Do this on both sides.

You could use fabric glue for this if you are not confident with sewing or the leather is too tough.

Step 4.

Taking the metal corner edges slide one on each bottom corner. Using a small scrap place over the corner (to protect the metal) and press firmly with pliers. Repeat on other side.

This step can be skipped if you don't want/have metal corners.

Step 5.

Using the template or your eye as a guide mark and punch a hole through the top and bottom flap. Also punch a hole through a small square scrap. The scrap will help to secure the screw stud from ripping through the leather.

Taking the screw part of the stud pop it through the scrap then the bottom of the clutch then screw the stud on until its tight.

Step 6.

If like me your hole punched a hole a little small for your stud, snip the leather in a cross and the stud should go through easier.

And viola! All done...now what to put in it?!

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

xoxo