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Leather Textile


Leather Textile DIY

Leather textiles are beautiful and have the potential to become so many different designs! This article shows you how I designed a leather textile from scraps of leather so that you can do the same. Happy designing!



Step 1: Tools & Supplies

  • Leather Scraps cut into 1 inch width rectangles (or another shape if you want)

  • Ruler

  • Rotary knife or scissors

  • Cutting mat

  • Sewing machine

  • Thread

  • Tape


Step 2: Design Ideation

After you cut the pieces for your textile, arrange them into different patterns to design your textile. Explore and get inspired! I was inspired by rectangles and different grids I could make with different length pieces.


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Step 3: Arrangement

Cut a piece of fabric to be the lining/backing to your textile. Then arrange your textile design on top of it.


Step 4: Prep & Sewing

If you pin into leather it will leave a hole, tape is a good alternative. Tape down your textile pieces and then using the zig-zag stitch, sew over the edges of your pieces to secure them to your backing fabric.

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Now that you’ve made a beautiful leather textile, make it into a product! If you have any questions or comments about this project be sure to share below.