25 Aug

A friend of mine suggested I make this Free People Passport holder, before my semester in France.  So it looks easy enough, but sewing leather is not as easy as the pictures make it seem!  I went out to Michael’s and bought the sewing awl, leather sheet and leather cording that the Free People DIY suggested.  I drifted from their pattern right from the beginning.  So I’ll show my step-by-step:

1.  Fold the leather sheet into an envelope shape making sure that your passport will fit inside!

2.  Thread the awl.  (Free People chose to use the awl just to poke holes through the leather then sew it separately) Here is a good link to explain how to actually use an awl.

3.  Start sewing using the awl.  It took me a while to get used to sewing with the awl, and I had a little trouble keeping a straight line, but I would say the most important thing is to make sure you have enough thread pulled on the backside for the entire length your sewing

4.  End the stitch, if you skip to the end of this video, you will find out how to end the stitch.  There will be a knot showing, and I think it looks better on the back side of the envelope, but that is up to you

5.  Start again on the other side of the envelope, it will be easier this time, I promise!

6.  Once you finish sewing the sides use the needle point of the awl to stab a hole in the top flap of the envelope.  If you have an exacto blade it will be much easier to use that.  Widen the hole so that the leather cord will fit through and then lace it.

7.  Tie the rest of the cord around the clutch and your done!


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