Hello there! Have you missed me? I missed you all but have also enjoyed some time off too. Not time off from crafting but time off from blogging. It is amazing the things I have been able to make because I haven’t been on the computer!
So onto my project for today…or should I say projectS?
A few weeks ago I found this leather jacket at a local thrift store for 25 cents! They were having their winter clearance and I hit the jack pot! I was so excited. I also got a few other ugly garments for a quarter that I plan to make into something else. Eeekk…so excited.
As I was cutting up the jacket, it inspired me to get out the leather scraps I bought from Hobby Lobby last year as well.
I made this belt.
I used the jersey knit from this scarf I made last year, that I wasn’t wearing as much anymore as I did right after I first made it.
Then I cut some leather pieces, 2 identical ones for each side of the belt.
I gathered the knit and sandwiched it into the leather pieces. Then sewed all the way around. I didn’t even use a special needle. I am probably making some of you squirm but it worked okay as long as I went slow.
Then I added buttons on one end and cut button holes on the other side. Pretty simple. The leather doesn’t fray or need reinforcing stitches. So nice!
The only thing that bugs me is the seam from when it was a t-shirt.
I do love how it has some stretch so I can wear it high or low on my waist.
I chose to wear it high with this jersey skirt I made last summer.
Then I made another belt from the jacket.
I haven’t figured out how to style it yet…
I also made some leather cuffs.
These were so fast and easy. This semi ruffled one is my favorite.
I just took a strip of jersey knit. Bunched it a bit as I sewed to the leather. Added a button and a button hole like I did with the belts. And it was done!
And this one I only sewed buttons onto and cut slits for button holes. That’s it.
It started to snow/rain when I was taking pictures. Yikes! So I took a pic again in my house.
I still have leather left over. Lots. I am thinking wallet? Hmmm. What else?
I hope you are having a lovely Spring day!
I’ll be thinking Spring thoughts while it snows over here! 🙂
I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar says
Not so much a lovely spring day here, but I am LOVING these ideas. I have a lot of leather left, too. That first belt with the jersey is adorable. Now you've got me brainstorming. Great work Delia!
These are genius! This really makes me wish I was a bracelet person… or a belt person. They look so good on you though!
Isabella Kiss says
i'm impressed! those are great. i really like the second one!
Those are great! I love that you repurposed that jacket!
I am seriously loving the leather looks right now and belts oh my! You just have such a good eye for things like this! I am going to have to try it!
Christie @ A Lemon Squeezy Home says
These are all great ideas! I just need to take a trip to the thrift store for a great colored jacket now!
Tara from EasyMakesMeHappy says
I love them all, especially the first one. Your awesome!
Adorable accessories! I'm excited to see what comes of the thrift store finds!
Glad you were able to take some time for yourself. It's good to refresh with a break every now and then.
[email protected] Daisy says
Wow, these are seriously cute! The ruffled striped bracelet is by far my favorite!! I could definitely see myself wearing that one.
I love the belts! And the cuffs, especially the second one. I would wear all of those. Now that I have figured out how to use the steel beast that is my grandmother's sewing machine, I really should try out sewing with leather. Just need to find some now that I have this awesome inspiration.
aww these are really cuuute delia! I'm so in love with the yellow/leather belt! so lovely:D
Amie Christine says
Very impressed! Stinking adorable!!! Love the first belt and the navy and white with leather cuff! AHH! Too precious!
Cool leather projects! Love that first belt-and great deal on the jacket. 😀
Ashley @ Little Miss Momma says
Seriously, I think you might be my fav craft blog! I want EVERYTHING you make! just wrap it up and mail it to me! these are ALL so pretty!
oh my gosh delia, these are all amazing! I really love all of them. now to go find me some 25 cent leather coats. 🙂
Blake and Aubrei says
WOW!! Miss Delia, you are one talented individual. I am so glad I know about this blog. I have really been missing out! I simply love it all. Thanks for your inspiration:)
These are awesome!! And I'm SOO jealous of your 25-cent leather jacket!! The only ones I ever see are $20 and up.
I linked to your projects on Craft Gossip Sewing:
oh these are so cool! I think the yellow belt is my favorite. But of course I love them all. Very unique Delia!
Thus Spake ZarathRickstra says
I am in awe. One idea was great but all of them? Pretty darned clever. You realize you have set us thinking outside the box. Thanks!
oh wow!!! i love the belts!!
Kelly H says
These are brilliant! Makes me want to dig in my local thrift store for something equally as awesome!
a small clutch bag will also do i think with your leftover leather. love those belts. cant wait to go to the thrift store and buy an old leather jacket. hehehe! tks
Ponytails [My Passions for Fashions] says
These are great ideas! I love the idea of using t-shirt knit and leather in a belt! I love the semi ruffled cuff, too. They are all great uses of an old leather jacket. Great job!
our brains are totally on the same leather jacket frequency!!! i have been searching for one to cut up forEVER!!! i want to make a great hand bag and some jewelry… but i better add cute belt to the list!
ps.. you are so gorgeous, seriously!
Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun says
featured this on my blog today!
madison avenue says
those are the cutest accessories i have ever seen!!! not even joking! i love the combination of fabric with the leather and all the different kinds of buttons you used! i LOVE your blog and it is one of my favorites 🙂 thanks so much for the inspiration. you should come and check out my blog 🙂 madisonavenue2011.blogspot.com…feel free to become a follower 😉
I love this idea! I especially love the first design, and I immediately thought of all the potential fabrics, etc. Thanks for sharing!
Tamara Thomas says
I love your work! I tried out your ideas with a nice big bag of recycled leather items I picked up cheap at the thrift store. Yes! I finally found a use for it. Here’s some of what I did with your inspiration: http://tamarathomas.blogspot.com/2011/05/recycled-leather-bracelets.html
These are simply great and I'm off to do mine and when I do I will be sure to post on http://www.peekadot.blogspot.com. Thanks.
You are so adorable! I love how you always manage to create something modest. I wish I had the creative mind to look at something like that and create something totally different. Thanks for all your inspiring posts.
I Love this type of Bracelet looking to much lovely…
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The bracelet with the white & blue fabric is my favorite =)
Katherine Sews says
SO cute! You're very talented. I have used leather similar to that in the bracelet. It was from leather scraps from a couch that's been in our family for a while. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Wow, happy to have discovered you. I especially loved the cuff. I have a box filled with pre sewn cuffs from my dad and I’ ve been thinking how to use them. Your project pushed me in the right direction. Thanks for sharing your ideas!