Some more natural leather projects for you to break in just how you like (plus, luxe silk tanks):
My clutch is also handmade, not by me, but by my mom!! I sent her a link to this currently-unavailable clutch by Matine and after a trip to the leather store nearby she very (very) nicely made me one of my own! It's a natural, undyed leather, so it will take on a gorgeous patina over time, deepening from this pale nude color into a warm brown. I'll let her tell you a bit about the process:
"I am always up for a craft project so when Allie asked me if I could make a leather clutch purse for her I thought “sure, why not.” In all honesty I have been eyeing a leather sewing machine on Amazon for months and I just can’t justify spending the money. I have sewn leather on my traditional household machine but have felt limited to sewing only thin leathers. The timing couldn’t have been better because I had come to the decision that what I really wanted to do was learn how to hand sew leather. I watched videos online, shopped at Tandy Leather and bought hardware online from The Buckle Guy. After I gathered all of my supplies I practiced every step. I made a paper template of the clutch shape and lightly traced it on to the vegetable tanned leather. I cut the scalloped edge first and then away I went punching my holes and saddle stitching. The entire process was pretty nerve racking. One false move and it would just be junk. Just like with items I sew I see all of the flaws with the clutch but overall I am happy with how it turned out."
Using a bit of the same leather, she also made my husband a strap for his watch. For his 30th birthday(!!) he had his heart set on a Timex watch with a leather strap and I just could not find one! DIY to the rescue--the Weekender watch has a slip-through band, so the strap is basically just a tiny belt that the watch itself slips onto. He loves it and we all agree it will be interesting to see how the leather ages--in the picture above, you can see how much color his belt has taken on, and that was the same color as the watch strap was when I bought it (about 5 years ago, I think).
ps: a silk tank for $20 and like, 2 hours max. y'all. make this now.
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