Falling in love with leather crafting

Since my first experience with leather craft earlier this year when I made a traveller’s notebook, I’ve fallen in love with the craft and have been wanting to make something on my own.

However, the tools and materials for leather crafting are so expensive and I am not so confident in making something nice just yet.

I have been following a few leather workshop providers’ Instagram pages and when Coralc Atelier’s Leather Wallet & Pouch workshop post popped up in my IG feed, I immediately signed up for it.

The workshop was conducted two Sundays ago (yes, I only managed to finish this post now :-)) at their workshop in Seri Kembangan.

Here are my tools and materials all waiting for me…

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The workshop started with Coralc Atelier’s founder, Jessica Tan, briefing us on the basics of leather and also the template of the pouch that we will be working on.

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So excited to get started!

First off, to cut the leather pieces according to specifications and a hole for the zipper.

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Then comes burnishing of all the sides of the pieces.

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Working on the first ever zip of my life.

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Ahhh… punching the stitching holes with a mallet….

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I did not work with a stitching pony the last time and was glad that I get to work with one now. It makes stitching so much easier as it helps to hold the leather piece.

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Ta daa….. my hand-stitched zipper!

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Let’s get on with the pockets.

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Don’t stress me out when I have the punch and mallet…. I may just use it on you.

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So happy to get a compliment on Coralc Atelier’s IG!

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I am all ready to stitch the sides up now!

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Here’s my masterpiece!

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The workshop was supposed to take 4 hours, from 10am – 2pm, but we ended up taking slightly more than 5 hours.

Five hours sound like a long time for a small pouch but when you are actually doing the work, time feels like it just flew past. I even had to rush the stitching in the last 45 minutes so that I can get it done in time.

Anyway, here are more photos of my handy work as featured in Coralc’s IG. I didn’t manage to take more photos on my own as I was too engrossed in completing my pouch on time.

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Hand-stitching a leather piece may take a long time but I enjoy it so much. There’s something relaxing and de-stressing about it that makes me want to work on a project on my own. At the moment, my Pinterest is filled with ideas and inspirations for more than 50 projects! So many things that I want to make and so little time (and $$) to make it….

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