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Crafting with Leather Scraps

Yesterday I came across these really cool bags made from leather scraps. Just like the leather scraps I craft with, these bags were made from factory scraps. If you don’t have access to scraps, you can recycle leather from old gloves (even baseball gloves), belts, wallets, boots and leather jackets. I have upcycled old clothes – like a thrift store bomber jacket or the leather tag on jeans –  to make crafts and costumes in the past.

The awesome thing about leather is that you don’t need a lot of it to make a high quality project. Here are some examples!

5 Crafts made from Leather Scraps

1. Leather pendant made by Do!ts Magazin3 is made using paint, marker and grommets…and a little Piet Mondrian.

2. Leather Feathers – these were made by Sew Country Chick (earrings). Here’s a tip on making these: paint first then cut the fringe. Fun to say, fun to wear!

3. Suede Coffee Koozie: You can actually buy these for $5.95, but Reduction Rebels, I think we can sew these up no problem!

4. DIY leather Luggage Tags: Okay, if you are going to take that International vacation you’ve always wanted, you have to make these adorable leather luggage tags. Check out the tutorial from Créme de la Craft.

Halloween costume leather props

5. Leather Costume Props: This past Halloween my son wanted to be Clint Eastwood, The Man with No Name. I made him a leather cigar and leather tassels for his cowboy hat. He loved the cigar until almost every house he trick-or-treated at gave him a lecture on the dangers of smoking. Isn’t Halloween an excuse to be your alter-ego? My son was also carrying a toy gun. No lectures about guns. Ahh, I digress.

Check out these other crafts that use leather scraps from Eve of Reduction…apple pencil topper and DIY D-ring belt.

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to Crafting with Leather Scraps

  1. Lucy Schmidt February 26, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

    Wow! Love those colorful inspiration bags. Also like the coffee cup cozies. For some odd reason, I’m drawn to them, though use insulated mugs that don’t require them. ;-) I need to be on the lookout for some of the leather sources you mentioned. Wait! Aren’t I supposed to be paring down what I bring into the house? Oh, heck — maybe next week!!!!

    • Eve February 26, 2014 at 5:34 pm #

      you crack me up! If you turn your clutter into something useful isn’t that pairing down? Sort of?

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