The Leather Element: Which Leather Should I Use For My Project?

One of our most asked questions from people just getting started in leathercraft is “what leather should I buy or use for a specific project”? There are a lot of ways to go to answer this question, so we took seven basic projects and Chuck breaks down the leather to two options that will work nicely for each project. We hope this helps answer some of your questions and makes it easier to pick the perfect leather for your project.

Leather shown in this video:
Belts: Natural veg tan double shoulder
Natural veg-tan belt blank
Water Buffalo Single Bend
Water Buffalo Belt Blank

Bracelets:
Chrome Tanned Pull-Up Leather
Crazy Horse Water Buffalo Side

Arm Guards:
Single Shoulder
Suede

Holsters
Veg Tan Single Shoulder 4/5 oz. or 8/9 oz.
Panel
Holster Leather

Wallets:
Veg tan 2/3 oz. and 3/4 oz.
Chrome Tan

Purses and Bags:
Lexi Top Grain
Pines Milled

Boot Straps:
Telfair Pebble Grain
Santa Rosa Pull-Up

The Leather Element: Six Shop Tricks

While filming The Leather Element and project videos, Chuck has been jotting down tips and tricks that he runs into to make life a little bit easier, so today we’re sharing six of them! Chuck offers tips to keep your cutting surfaces from sliding around and how a simple clip can provide multiple uses in your shop. We hope this information is helpful to you!
Tracing film
Poundo Board

Making a Leather Shop Apron

Chuck Dorsett shows how to make a classic shop apron that can be customized to fit your needs. This apron is made from 3/4 oz. Pines Milled leather for a comfortable fit but if you’ll be using this for heavy-duty work we would suggest jumping up to a 5/6 oz. leather. This apron features a front chest pocket and two smaller pockets on each side for pencils, knives, etc. We hope this video inspires you to make your own apron!
For tools and materials used in the video visit:
https://www.weaverleathersupply.com/leather-shop-apron

Making a Leather Drawstring Pouch

In this video, Chuck Dorsett makes a leather drawstring pouch. These drawstring pouches are easy projects that don’t require a lot of time or experience. The pouches are hand-stitched around the body and then a drawstring is attached at the top for the closure. The ideal leather to use for these pouches is a 3/4 oz. soft leather. We hope you have fun with this simple and easy project!
Tools and Materials List