Category: Leather crafting

Leather sleeve for Fisher Space Pen Bullet

This sleeve for a Fisher Space Pen Bullet is the first real leather item I have crafted and I’m very happy with the result! I had to go through two prototypes before I found the right size for it. The first to were too tight so it was very difficult to remove the pen. But it was good training in cutting, punching stitching holes and doing the stitching. The prototypes were made from scrap leather from an old backpack. The final sleeve however is made from a very nice piece of leather sent to me by Laederiet in Denmark. Unfortunately I don’t know what type of leather it is.

There are a few details I have to do better with my next project, like doing the burnishing before doing the stitching. I now had to skip a spot just were the stitching goes around the edge. But all in all pretty good for a first project, don’t you think?

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Getting ready for leather crafting


After 31 days in transit the package (…plastic bag, as is common when ordering from China) with some of my leather-working tools from eBay has finally arrived! Now I just need some free time to figure out how to use it all. Some of the items might not be the best quality but I hope it will do for a beginner.

What we’re looking at:

  • Stitching pony
  • Rotary cutter
  • Nylon hammer (seems very sturdy!)
  • 4 mm diamond hole forks
  • Screw hole punch
  • Three kinds of waxed thread
  • Stitching groover
  • Edge burnisher
  • Some awls (and needles which was just part of the package)
  • Hole marking wheels
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My first saddle stitch


I have recently been considering trying on leather crafting. I like how, by using certain types of leather, the items will age beautifully and get a personal patina. A couple of years ago I purchased an Atelier Pall iPhone case which I loved. Before that I had a couple of Sena cases. This got me started on getting other everyday items in quality leather, such as a Macbook sleeve from Mission Leather Co (Mintcases, at the time), a beautiful leather wallet from Joojoobs on Etsy and a small but very useful key pouch, also from Etsy.

But now I felt it was time to try to create something myself. So while I wait for my tools to arrive, I ordered a bunch on Ebay, I thought I would give saddle stitching a try. It’s a strong type of stitching you do by hand. Unfortunately I don’t have any real leather to practise on yet and no waxed thread. So I decided to use cotton thread, regular needles and cardboard instead. Not exactly ideal. Considering that, and that this was my first try after watching some videos on Youtube, I’m very pleased with the result.

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