If you think leatherwork takes too much time, too much money or too many tools, this 2-part video is for you. Learn how to make a 15th century pouch, in about an hour, with tools you can find around the house, and materials you can get locally. This pouch is a nice size to hang from your belt–big enough to hold your wallet, keys and cell phone easily (plus the occasional kid’s toy or light snack.)
Here’s a secret for finding leather and buckles to use for projects if you don’t live near a leather store and don’t want to wait for that online order to come in. Head out to your local thrift store, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or become a yard sale stalker. You can often find nice leather coats, purses and shoes which have perfectly good leather and buckles. A fifty cent pair of worn-out boots could turn into a lovely pouch. I’ve made gloves from a $2 coat. If you pay attention, you’ll find lots of ways to recycle old leather goods and save money on your projects.
For this pouch, you’ll need:
Leather, waxed linen thread, 2 strong embroidery needles (large eye), a buckle, scissors, an awl (preferably curved) and something to punch holes with (if you don’t have a leather punch, sometimes a sturdy paper punch will work.) You’ll also want some binder clips, and you may need a pair of pliers if your needles get stubborn.