I’ve been on a leather sewing kick this past week. You know what they say, if you give a Delia a hide of leather she will make all the leather projects. Oh, they don’t say that. Well they should. 😉
Why not make them fancy purse tissues?
You can make this with leather or vegan leather…which is the trendy way of saying vinyl. 😉 ha. The charcoal gray tissue pouch is made from genuine leather from The Leather Hide Store and the brown pouch is made from vinyl from Jo-Ann in these pictures. Either looks great and pretty much sews up the same. The vinyl is a little bit easier to sew and it’s less expensive. If you’re new to sewing, I suggest starting with vegan leather.
MATERIALS1 rectangle of leather or vegan leather – 8 inches x 6 3/4 inches clover clips or small binder clips matching thread leather sewing needle* sewing machine and basic sewing supplies Note: A leather sewing needle makes this project much, much easier. You can probably get away with a universal needle since it requires such little sewing, but you will run into less snags and broken needles if you use a proper leather needle. The stitching will also come out looking nicer with a leather needle.
1. Fold the shorter ends inward and overlap them about 1/2 inch.
2. Clip the folds in place.
3. Sew at each raw end with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Sew SLOWLY and with a 4 mm stitch length. Be sure to back stitch at the beginning, at the point where the sides overlap, and at the end. If you find your leather shifting or pulling out of place, stop, put the needle in the down position, lift your presser foot, make sure the leather is in line, put the presser foot back down and finish sewing. Repeat that as much as you need to. If your stitch length is long enough and you are sewing slowly, this shouldn’t be more than once or twice. Clip threads.
4. Trim off the seam allowances to 1/4 inch. This evens up the ends if there was any shifting during sewing and helps create a more finished look. I used a rotary cutter, quilter’s ruler and a self healing mat (not pictured), but sharp sewing scissors work just fine as well.
Put in your travel tissues, and you’re done!
P.S. That cute baby on my phone is from The Cottage Mama’s instagram feed. Her little Josie is the cute cutest!
This post is dedicated to the lovely Anne Weaver, the beauty and brains behind Craft Gossip. I want to thank her for shedding light on others and making it her mission to share and promote all the great DIY’s in our craft and sewing blogging community. A bunch of us bloggers have rallied together to show her our love and thanks. Check out all the posts written to celebrate this awesome woman today!