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« on: January 21, 2011 02:22:05 AM »

Does anyone here have experience in relcaiming leather from old boots and turn it into purses or something else?
I am hard on my boots and have some pairs that have served their time as footwear and it is not worth taking them to the cobbler anymore. But I can't bear just throwing them away as the leather for the calves is still in good shape and I was thinking I could use that somehow. But I have no experience with leatherwork.
Any ideas or advice to share?
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2011 05:18:20 AM »

When I was a kid I make leather handbags and wood platform shoes from those old Tandy kits. There are lots of different kinds of things you could do. A google search for "how to make a leather" brought up tons of stuff. Basically you need something to punch holes in the leather for stitching, and that could be as simple as a hammer and nail.
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2011 11:05:43 AM »

I've reclaimed suede from jackets and skirts.  It was pretty easy to sew by machine after viewing some video tutorials on Youtube and other places.  Unless the leather is very heavy, you don't need to pre-punch the leather.  As long as you have a sewing machine and a heavy duty needle, it should go really well.  I can't offer advice, though, if you're going to hand sew (never done that).
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2011 12:14:56 AM »

Be certain to use a long stitch, and a leather needle.

You could check out "Pattern Review". They have some terrific "How to sew..." articles.

Be sure you want to sew what you're going to sew; the leather needle makes holes that are permanent. Don't use pins; try some paper clips to "pin" your pieces together.

Good luck.
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