Ever since I saw my friend Lauren’s pouches and purses at one of our local sewing bees, I’ve been inspired to make more. She’s over on Instagram as peanutbutter_turtle, and though I couldn’t link directly to it, scroll through her awesome feed to March 25 for one of her purses where she uses leather.

I want to make some things with leather.

My first try wasn’t entirely a success, but it wasn’t a failure either. I’m still processing my lessons learned, and I hope to have some tricks besides the obvious in a later post when I try again (besides the obvious advice of use a leather needle and sew slowly).

Purple Pouch 1

I started with a little simple patchwork.

Purple Pouch 2

I quilted some lines on the patchwork and Soft and Stable. I love Soft and Stable, but I probably won’t use it on something this small again unless there’s a good reason to use it. True to it’s name, it adds wonderful stability and heft while being soft, but it was too much for a tiny pouch.

Purple Pouch 3

I added some leather and lightly pressed my seam open – this was a challenge with the bulk of the Soft and Stable and the leather, but it seemed like the best way to proceed. I may try something else next time.

Purple Pouch FI

I added the zipper and sewed the sides just like usual – but this time with a leather needle. The corners are pretty rounded; I did clip them, but this was a good as I could get.

Purple Pouch 4

I was surprised that my biggest flaws turned up in the top part of the pouch. I would have though that the leather would be the most troublesome. This could be a construction error or some stretching that occurred when I tried to turn so much bulk through a tiny zipper. (Notice I’m omitting the zipper size? You’ll think I was crazy for trying something so silly and small… Okay, it was probably about 4″? Maybe 4.5″? TOO small.)

Purple Pouch 5

It’s so small you can’t even photograph the insides. I had to pull them out to prove they’re there. But it’s a finish! It may not hold much, but for those nights when I only need two quarters, a credit card, and a stick of gum, this little cutie will be coming with me!

Linking with crazymomquilts and the other Friday Finishes!


  1. jess

    Nice job! Zippers and leather! (I’m afraid of zippers too) they are such cute pouches and sometimes you only need a stick of gum and a credit card. I don’t know what you’d do with two quarters though 😉

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