I tell you - that motorcycle jacket I found is the gift that keeps on giving. I've used it for my jeans, my bag, my moto jacket, and now I've used some of it for this christmas pressie. I wish I'd taken a picture of it before I started hacking it up.
I bought a small tiny piece of hot pink leather downtown in the garment district a while back, and I had no idea what to do with it until I saw this J-Crew pouch (on the left, if you can't tell, ahhaah). Jackpot! A zipper pouch is one of the easiest sewing projects there is, but I think that the fact that it's leather, and the little pop of colour blocking make it a little special. There are gazillions of zipper pouch tutorials out there (like this one), so here's just a few details of how I did it.
Are some people out there still not using a rotary cutter? A rotary cutter is the absolute easiest way to get an accurate cut of leather.
Just like with the baby booties, I used a teflon foot when I could. I also held the leather up off the machine a little because otherwise it dragged a little.
Leather doesn't really sit nicely when it's sewn
But guess what - you can totally press it! I knew from my jacket that this leather was fine to press, but if you're worried you could use a press cloth.
I would make a terrible quilter. Look at those mis-aligned edges!
Since leather obviously doesn't fray, I didn't double over the leather on the zipper, just left a raw edge there.
I did sew it in the normal way for the sides though - this time with a zipper foot. It didn't do too badly - probably because it's pretty narrow, and not in that much contact with the leather.
I did one white side and one black side, just to keep it interesting. I also saw that the J-Crew pouch had the seams topstitched. It really does give it a little extra finish.
Once I'd sewn around the edge, I REALLY needed to clip those corners and the extra leather on the ends of the zipper. They wouldn't turn neatly at all otherwise.
I did the usual poking and prodding with a chopstick
Voila! One final press and I had myself a lovely leather zipper pouch.
Are you guys making any gifts this year?