If you want to make clothes for your cat, you're on your own. As I recently said in this article, cats will just totally flip out if you make them wear things. Your dog may also flip out, but I've found them to be more tolerant, personally.
This two-part series (second part here) will teach you literally everything you need to know in order to make pretty much anything out of leather.
In the first part of this two-part guide, I covered cutting, grooving, beveling, making holes, and stamping/tooling. I hope you enjoyed that part, because we're pushing the accelerator to the floor and moving ahead at full speed!
This simple but cool leather ring you can make in 5 minutes. Video: .
I chose to make this a Steampunk iPad case, but you can change the details and make it look as modern as you'd like. As I said earlier, Steampunks probably shouldn't buy iPhones or iPads, but if you're going to get one, you may as well make it look cool, right? The iPad pictured below was borrowed from a friend of mine, though I should add that this design will easily work with tablet computers of any variety, Apple, Android, or otherwise.
Making a cool leather wallet is easy. Just get yourself some scrap strips of leather ant you are good to go. No special tool required. You can see full process of making this simple wallet in the video.
This will show you an easy and quick way to make a Wrap Bracelet using leather cord and chain (Chan Luu Inspired Wrap Bracelet).
When fancy kicks started making their way into the indie scene, the art of custom leather shoe painting exploded. If you want to custom paint some kicks to show you creativity in this high-visibility area, watch this video for an in-depth guide to prepping any leather (not patent leather) shoes for painting by using Acetone, cotton balls, and other basic materials.
Painting custom leather kicks like Dunks is increasingly popular as the art community realizes what great canvases these big bold shoes make. If you want to get in the game watch this video for a one-stop guide to customizing leather shoes (in this case Dunks) with whatever paint designs you want.
Your cultural experiences growing up shape the kinds of food that you like, and nowhere is this more evident than in the case of Vegemite.
Leather bracers and belts are staples of typical medieval garb, and if you want to make a medieval Halloween or cosplay costume it could probably be helped by a set. In this video you'll learn how to make great bracers and belts yourself for an Altair from Assassin's Creed or other period costume.
See how to create a vector-based leather texture from scratch when working in Adobe Illustrator CS4. Whether you're new to Adobe's popular vector graphics editor program or a seasoned graphic arts professional looking to better acquaint yourself with the new features and functions of this particular iteration of the application, you're sure to benefit from this free software tutorial. For more information, watch this designer's guide.
In this video you'll learn how to make a wide variety of leather items, including bags, waterskins, backpacks, and quivers, as well as dig wells for your dwarves drinking water in Dwarf Fortress.
If you've ever owned a leather purse, you know that ink or pen stains are a pain in the ass. If you've ever owned a designer leather purse, then you've probably even cried over an accidental stain (oh no! My $3,000 purse is ruined!). Removing ink stains from leather is thought to be extremely difficult, but there is a way to do it quickly and easily.
Scary Dave, leatherworking master craftsmen, shows how to make this painted and etched leather cuff bracelet. Follow along with these step by step directions and learn how to craft a beautiful leather bracelet with a feather pattern.
Learn to create snakeskin leather boots using textures and paths with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. tricks, you're certain to like this free video software tutorial. For more information, including detailed, step-by-step instructions, and to get started making your own volcanic eruptions in Photoshop, watch this guide!
In this video from garmentcare, Martha Stewart and Wayne Edelman teach us how to care of suede and leather. To determine if your leather is painted or analin, put a but of mineral water on it. If the color comes off, it is painted leather and you can treat that yourself. Baby wipes work very well on painted leather. This works well on leather couches and car upholstery and jackets.
Necklaces are a great way to learn making your own jewelry. They're simple and cheap. Check out this video tutorial to learn how to make a leather pendant necklace. The leather strap is a nice rustic addition to the pendant of your choice.
It's not a real steampunk outfit unless you've got a really awesome belt to go with it! This tutorial shows you how to start with a plain leather belt and then add chains, beads and other accessories to create a steampunk style belly dancer or gypsy belt.
Strops aren't just for barbers; they're a simple and easy way of gently sharpening any blade edge from the toolbox to the kitchen or bathroom. Learn how to make a leather strop at home by following along with this informative video tutorial.
Leather work is a beautiful and very useful craft that has been practiced for centuries. Our expert is here to teach you how to do leather works like a leather knife sheath in this free craft video series.
In this how-to video, you will learn how to make a repair in cut leather. This is useful if you have damaged leather you would like to repair yourself. Make a knife cut in the leather, and then cut and place a sew patch into the leather. Push it underneath the leather. Now, glue the sew patch in place with inexpensive craft glue. Rub it around the leather and edges of the cut. Wipe off excess glue with a damp cloth and wait until it dries. Place something heavy on it for a good amount of time...
Avid readers may be wearing out the covers of their leather bound books, but fret not, this video tutorial shows how to care for the leather bound covers. Learn how to apply leather dressing to leather book covers to preserve that binding and ready for another reading.
Turn a few leather scraps (or an old purse!) into a beautiful leather bow bracelet. Aside from the leather, you'll need a few snap buttons and either leather glue or a needle and thread (plus your wrist measurements!). Then follow the steps in this tutorial and end with a lovely fashion accessory!
Leather seats are expensive. Keep them looking that way with a little cleaning and conditioning. You will need a hand-held vacuum (or one with an attachment nozzle), a bottle of leather cleaning solution, a soft, dry sponge, clean, dry cloths, a spray bottle of water, a bottle of leather conditioner with sunscreen, lemon juice, and cream of tartar. Watch this video car care tutorial and learn how to clean the leather seats in a car.
Sometimes getting a stain on finished leather can mean the end of having a nice garment or piece of furniture, but not always.
Studding and spiking leather can be fun and exciting. But what about non-leather materials? This video shows you how to make a leather free wristband out of flannel, with studs and spikes.
This video tutorial is in the Beauty & Style category which will show you how to clean Nubuck and Suede leather like a pro. For this you will need the Nubuck leather home care kit with eco protector. You will also need a couple of white terry towels and a hair dryer. Put a little bit of cleaner on the sponge and squeeze it till you get the foam. It is the bubbles that do all the work. Apply the foam all over the leather. Now take a clean, white terry towel and dab it over the leather to remov...
In this tutorial, Car Care Products shows us how to clean and condition leather car interior. For this you will need leather shampoo, a soft bristle brush, a clean soft microfiber clothe and leather conditioner. First, take your leather shampoo and spray it onto your seat. Then, take your soft bristle brush and work the shampoo into your seat, make sure to get into crevices and on the side panel. Now, wipe the solution off with your clothe, making sure you don't leave wet spots. Finally, appl...
A snap extender gives you a little extra room when attaching leather or canvas using snaps. It's very easy to make - all you need is your chosen leather or canvas, a ruler, pencil, scissors, snaps and snap attachment tools.
If you've been having trouble keeping your leather jacket or other leather items from smelling, it's not your fault. Once an odor gets in there it's tough to get out, especially mold and other odors. In this video you will get some tips on how to remove the odors with general cleaning products and more.
In this tutorial, Jen Caslin from "The Bead Lounge" demonstrates how to make a "three way" leather wrap. This piece is versatile and can be worn as a bracelet, a headband or a lariat necklace. The process of making this accessory is relatively easy once you get the hang of it and this video should help you master it quickly.
Learn how to do one of the most popular country western line dances, "Slap Leather" or "Slappin' Leather." This 40 count, 4 wall dance consists of heel-toe moves, the grapevine and the "Dorothy" step. This line dance is usually done to the songs "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" by Travis Tritt, "Redneck Girl" by The Bellamy Brothers and "Bible Belt" by Travis Tritt.
Have your favorite leather shoes been looking drab lately? It might be time to break out the polish. See how taking care of your leather shoes will make them last forever and bring back that shine.
Check out this video to learn scoring techniques of joining two pieces of stiff leather-hard clay. Following are some steps you will see demonstrated
John Hunt demonstrates how to do Cross Stitch that is used on steering wheel covers in this video. He takes a piece of dowel and wraps it with pre-glued leather. Next he threads two needles with cotton thread that has been pulled through bees wax so they stay in the leather better. Next he begins to sew. You have to sew the first half of the cross stitch with one needle and thread, and the other half with the other needle and thread. Sew till you get to the end pull both needles off the threa...
Watch and see how to make long continuous laces from a square piece of leather with a lacemaker. Cut a starting hole in the center of the piece first. A 4 inch square can yield 8 feet of lacing.
You will use an old work glove to make the string. First cut the seems of the glove to the finger tips with scissors. Cut out the palm part of the clove. Remove the elastic off of the back with a knife. remove the hem with your scissors. Next, start cutting at the edge up around the shape of the glove. Keep going round until it starts turning into one long piece. Go back around the leather and trim up the rough edges and corners. He ends up with about seven foot of string. It's a cheep free w...
Same money at Christmas time by making some of your gifts. This video shows us how to make a pendant necklace.
This video demonstrates how to clean the interior of your car. You will need to thoroughly vacuum your car. Vacuum all of the surfaces, the vents, air bag, crevices, etc.