Leather Simple Glasses Case Instructions
1 - Check you have everything in your Simple Glasses Case kit:
- Pre-cut and Punched Leather Piece
- 3 x Canvas Cloth for burnishing & protecting
- 2 x Binder Clips to help you stitch
- 2 x Colours of Handmade Waxed Thread
- 1 x Keyring Loop
- 2 x Sewing Needles
2 - Measure the Thread
Your Simple Glasses Case has 1 stitching section, so you will need 1 x 110cm length of thread. Start by choosing the thread colour that you would like to stitch with, then measure and cut the pieces of wax thread.
3 - Burnish the Edges
Burnish edges indicated in the diagram
Burnishing leather is the process of sealing and smoothing the rough, raw edges of a leather item to produce professionally finished edges.
Start burnishing by using your fingertip to gently wet the outer edges of your Simple Glasses Case. Be careful not to get any liquid on the leather surface. Using one of the canvas cloths provided, rub the outer edges until smooth and shiny.
Your kit includes a Leathercraft Basics instructions guide. Please refer to the Burnishing the Edges section for further diagrams and instructions.
Use a cotton bud for extra precision when wetting the edge so as not to damage the leather surface
4 - Thread the Needles
A. Thread the eye of the needle with the piece of thread.
B. Pull through 6-8cm of thread and then pierce the thread.
C. Pierce the thread again at 1cm distance along the long piece of thread.
D. Holding the needle tip, pull down the entire thread. This is called locking the needle.
E. Follow steps A-D with the other end of the thread and second needle.
Your kit includes a Leathercraft Basics instructions guide. Please refer to the Threading the Needle section for further diagrams and instructions.
5 - Fold and Clip
Fold the piece as shown, lining up the holes using one of the included needles and then clipping it in place with the binder clips. Use the canvas cloth to protect the leather.
6 - Start Stitch
Pass one needle through the top hole (indicated) and pull the thread through until you have an even amount on both sides.
7 - Saddle Stitch
- A. With your left hand, take the needle from one side of your Glasses Case and pass it through the next hole. You will be stitching along the piece towards yourself.
- B. Pull this needle through, leaving a loop of thread about 10cm long on the side.
- C. Take the second needle and push it through the same hole as the first. Avoid piercing the thread as you do this and pull the other thread tightly to the side as this will help.
- D. Pull both needles away from the leather to form a tight stitch. Repeat this for every stitch hole.
Your kit includes a Leathercraft Basics instructions guide. Please refer to the Simple Saddle Stitch section for further diagrams and instructions.
8 - Tack Bar Stitch
When you reach the end of the stitching section, create a simple secure bar tack stitch by bringing the right hand needle up and over to the other side, pushing the needle through and back to the right side, creating a loop of thread. Pull this firmly closed and repeat 2 times.
9 - Secure the Thread
Once you've reached the end you will need to secure your thread. To do this you can use back stitch. Change direction and stitch back 1 stitch with one needle, this leaves you with booth needle one side.
Your kit includes a Leathercraft Basics instructions guide. Please refer to the Securing the Thread section for further diagrams and instructions.
10 - Cut and Tuck
Cut the thread as close to the hole as possible and tuck away any visible ends with the back side of your needle.
11 - Final Burnish
Burnish all of the newly joined edges.
12 - Mold Leather
Gently mould the holder to give the curve a nice rounded shape.
Ta-daa! Great job - you have now finished your personally crafted .Ar:ti|sans Simple Glasses Case! What will you choose to do now with your Simple Glasses Case? Will you gift it or use it to store your own shades?
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P.S. Did you recognise our Keyring Kit wrapped in your thread? Now you can practice your leathercraft skills further by crafting your very own leather keyring! Click here to access the Keyring Craft Kit instructions blog.