In my town, straight down the road from our house, there’s a small shoemaker’s shop still in business. It has a charmingly decorated store front with huge Monstera plants and a bit of the shoemaker’s equipment on display.
It’s just like a time capsule – a man still making a living from creating custom shoes by hand. I know, I might be romanticising this a fair bit but I like to think of it that way.
Last week he put a sign out: ‘leather scrap and tool sale tomorrow. We’re moving shop.’ I’m sad to see the shop leave our street, but leather scraps? I’m taking them all!
Even better, it turned out to be a ‘fill your bag for 3€’ arrangement. Must have been my lucky day! At this point you might or might not wonder why this got me so excited? 1. I love leather, and I love it even more combined with fabric 2. It’s really difficult to source some unless you want to buy it by the bulk or spend a small fortune on a few bits.
I filled up a bag, but left a little room. The restraint! so proud of myself! I tried to pick pieces that are fairly thin. My little Pfaff Passport is a powerhouse, but I don’t think it would manage with some of the thick, thick sheets of leather they use in their shoes.
When I posted my haul on Instagram a couple of friends were interested to see what I would make with all these scraps. I actually put the first piece to use last week when I sewed myself a clutch to carry to a wedding that weekend. Everything went smoothly, almost as if the leather was just a really thick piece of canvas.
I went into sewing this with little to no experience with sewing leather. So I can only encourage you to just try. And maybe ask your local shoemaker for a good deal on a bag of leather scraps? ;-)
This post is linked up with Sunday Stash at Molli Sparkles.