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Lockdown Lunchtime – Leather Envelope Make

Here we go! The first instalment of Lockdown Lunchtime Makes….

In todays video I showed you how to make a really simple leather envelope to house things like laptops, notebooks, and even your phone. It’s a really fun make and one that you can easily gift to friends and family for Christmas should you wish to. There’s no stitching involved in this make it’s a bit of clever maths and drawing out your pattern carefully so that you get the design right and then marking up the leather, cutting out carefully and then pulling it all together. You can easily make a few of these for friends once you’ve got the hang of working with the soft leather.

The reason I’ve chosen to work with lamb nappa in this tutorial is because of the way that it’s finished. In the video you’ll see that there is a beautiful Metalic finish to the top of the leather and the back is sueded giving the interior of your case a lovely professional finish. The company I’ve recommended if GH leathers, I’m recommending them to you because the have no minimum order, a really easy to navigate website, they provide an excellent swatch service if you’re unsure of colours/textures and you can always give them a ring. The leather arrives next day mostly which is a truly excellent service especially at the moment! (Not sponsored just a fan… though if you fancy sponsoring me GH Leathers… if you’re reading this… Just saying… that would be ace great!). They also do a range of veg tanned cow hides too should you wish to go for a stronger or textured black/brown… Have a play it’s not as scary as you might think to get involved with making things in leather.

Right on with the making…

For this project you will need –

  • A piece of thin leather 0.7mm – 1.2mm is ideal, in the tutorial I used a soft .7mm lamb nappa from GH Leathers.
  • A pair of sharp scissors, fabric scissors will do or you can use a sharp craft knife if your confident at cutting corners with them
  • A solid brass Sam Browne stud.
  • A Rotary Cutter (not essential but helpful)
  • A cutting mat (you can avoid using one of these if you don’t have one by using scissors)
  • A ruler
  • A hole punch
  • A coin to draw around
  • Paper to make your pattern with – I’ve used grease proof paper in the tutorial because it’s inexpensive and easy to get hold of. You can also see through it to make sure your seams overlap too.
  • A Pencil & rubber (just in case)

You can find the video for this on my instagram page in the IGTV section. I’m also hoping to get it up onto You Tube too.

This tutorial will only be available as a video I’ve not made them to sell or to sell kits for… They’re just for fun so that you can have a go at making things and hopefully have some fun during what is yet again a really trying time for so many people.

If you have a question pop it in the comments box below and myself & Rosie will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks so much to everyone that’s taken part so far and joined me on for this make… see you next Monday!


Nu xx

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  1. Elizabeth Pawle on November 10, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Thank you so much for yesterday’s tutorial, it was fascinating! I’ve been wanting to try leatherwork for a really long time but it feels like such a daunting process to start without any guidance on tools. Might you please be able to point me in the direction of the hole punch tool you used?

    I’m already looking forward to next Monday!


    • Rosie on November 10, 2020 at 2:51 pm

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. I have passed this onto Nu. I have replied to your email re your query.

      Do get in touch if you have any further queries.

      Best wishes

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