If you have an old leather sofa in your home, it's possible you're thinking of throwing it out. But think again! Old sofas can be re-purposed into some truly stunning items. From bags to wallets and phone cases, there are many ways that your old couch can be turned into something new and useful.
When you decide to replace your sofa, consider how you can repurpose your existing piece into something that will last a lifetime.
The first thing to do is determine what kind of leather you have. If the sofa is very old, it’s likely that the leather has been treated with a stain protector and may feel oily or waxy. This means that the material could be damaged if exposed to water—so think carefully about the kind of item you'd like to make
If yours is a newer piece of furniture that hasn’t been treated with any protective coating, then it should be fine for most projects as long as it wasn’t made from an extremely low grade of material. To avoid snags and tears when cutting out shapes from your sofa, lay down some newspaper or other newsprint underneath so you don't ruin anything else on top!
When deciding which accessory designs are best suited for your new project, keep in mind what kind of look or theme suits them best. For example: A wallet shape might not work well with large flower embroidery but would look great on an iPhone case.
The first step is know what kind of leather you have.
The first step is to know what kind of leather you have. This will determine the best way to use it. Leather can be made from cowhide, sheepskin, goat skin or even synthetics.
Once you know what type of leather you're working with, it's time to get creative!
Now that you have your leather, it's time to get creative!
Make sure the leather is suitable for accessories. The first step when making an accessory out of a piece of leather is to make sure that it can be done. If you are not sure whether your leather will work, ask a professional before proceeding further.
If you have a piece of leather that is too thin, you can add more layers to make it thicker. For example, for a bag strap, then I would need another layer on top of what I already have so that there will be enough thickness for sewing holes through later and sewing in pieces as well as attaching a buckle or strap fastener at both ends.
Tote bags are relatively simple to make with just a few simple tools which are available to purchase on our website.
Tote bags are relatively simple to make with just a few simple tools which are available to purchase on our website. Be sure to keep it around for years by using high quality hardware and stitching.
Take a look on our Tools and Supplies section for the tings you need, or get in touch if there's anything you can't fine.
There are lots of tutorials online to help guide you through the steps or you could join us on one of our highly-rated leather crafting courses
If you feel like you need a bit of help with the process, there are lots of tutorials online to help guide you through the steps or you could join us on one of our highly-rated leather crafting courses.
Other accessories like wallets and phone cases can be made using similar techniques.
Leather is a great material to use for making accessories.
You can make accessories for yourself or as gifts.
There are so many possibilities when it comes to crafting with recycled leather, including:
Wallets and Purses
Purses and Totes
Bags and Messenger Bags
The possibilities are endless. If you were looking for a fun way to get creative, this is definitely it!
Alternatively, from our workshop here in Oxfordshire we can do it for you. Get in touch to discuss your ideas.
From our workshop here in Oxfordshire we can make your own tote bag, wallet or phone case from your old leather sofa.
We are happy to work with you on designing something bespoke. We will make sure that the finished item is exactly what you have imagined and fits perfectly into your life. For more information please get in touch.
Remember, it's easy to get started with leather crafting. There are lots of tutorials online to help guide you through the steps or you could join us on one of our highly-rated leather crafting courses. If you've never worked with leather before then we would recommend a beginners class first