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How I make my products from scratch

Updated: May 24


Ever wonder how leather workers hand-craft things?


I can show you how simple it is.


Not easy - but simple.






All you need is just lot of patience and a little bit of skills......not a lot



I do every step by hands and here's how,



1. Create a pattern

2. Cut leather

3. Dye/paint/oil

4. Hand sew

5. Polish sides




1. Create Pattern


Create pattern by cutting out all the parts I need.


I cut my pattern out with thick craft paper.

(There are prepared craft pattern paper available but I creating my own so I am not limited)






2. Cutting Leather







I use whole sides so I need to cut the pieces out using paper pattern.











3.Dye/Colour/Coating/Oil


There are several different dyes and colourings I use...





I use air spray for dyeing

Here is a link to more detailed leather dye post










(Dye is the foundation colour of the product)










I use Olive oil for all my leather products (I find it the best!)

Oil keeps leather soft






Acrylic colour for painting (Paint emphasises the design, I only paint when there is carving)










Then a water proof coating (Important for protection)











4.Hand sewing








I use any craft glue for binding










Set over night...











I punch holes using diamond chisels












I use waxed cotton for thread and round tip needles





The technique is called Saddle Stitching








5.Polish sides


Technically called burnishing

Basically finishing the rough cut edge to mirror-finish

Sand paper and Edge polish gum is all I use for prep,


Then I use tea towel for polishing (Gently rub until its is mirroring - takes a while)



This is the moment the artwork comes all together and it is exciting!








This is all I do,


Unless I am carving something, which is another skill.


Leather crafting can be a very simple and fun hobby.


Recommend for those who have patience.


You may get hooked and possible could change your life a little bit...


----------------Like mine did.


There is also 1 minutes video of my work steps here



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The Sho Room SAYAYA 
Shohei Kishishita

A:  Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

T:   0488502127

E:  sayayaleather@gmail.com

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