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Suggestion for garment leather reuse?

Saer Greason


Joined: Dec 18, 2011
Posts: 17
Location: Ohio
I just got a new jacket from the thrift store as my leather jacket and trench have gotten destroyed over the years. I want to scrap the old leather and use it for something else but I'm not sure what to do with it. Unfortunately garment leather, especially old leather (one jacket is a hand-me-down from my mom, probably 10 years old) is not very sturdy. I'm about to sell all my stuff to travel so I want to use it in relation to that in some way but I'm drawing a blank. Just wondering if anyone had suggestions or ideas? Sorry if this is in the wrong place and danke in advanced.


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Denise Lehtinen


Joined: Sep 10, 2011
Posts: 100
Location: Tampa, Florida zone 9A
I think what to do with it depends on how much useable fabric you have left when you cut away the worn and torn parts.

I can imagine possibly making a simple glove out of a sleeve by cutting your hand shape out of both layers and then sewing them together. That requires knowing how to sew, though.

Another possibility it using it to replace worn out lining in a pair of shoes. That would take only cutting the fabric to shape and glueing it in place.

Best of luck with whatever you do.
P Thickens


Joined: Jan 15, 2012
Posts: 177
Location: Bay Area, California (z8)
Make a money belt.
Make new pockets inside your coats.
Make a wallet or coin purse.
Whip up a vest.
Spiffy-up a coat by sewing on elbow patches.
Slap together some book covers.
Reinforce the linings or outer corners of your traveling equipment.
Make a removable lining for your backpack. With pockets.
Patch holes in work pants.
Rusty Bowman


Joined: May 30, 2009
Posts: 124
Location: Idaho
    
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P Thickens wrote:Make a money belt.
Make new pockets inside your coats.
Make a wallet or coin purse.
Whip up a vest.
Spiffy-up a coat by sewing on elbow patches.
Slap together some book covers.
Reinforce the linings or outer corners of your traveling equipment.
Make a removable lining for your backpack. With pockets.
Patch holes in work pants.


Good suggestions! I like "spiffying" up otherwise mundane clothing with leather scraps...like adding trim to the pocket and hood of a hoodie, for instance.

Cut into thin strips, leather also makes beautiful cordage for hanging things that are not too heavy....art, etc.....and it makes for an excellent medium to apply oils and waxes to wood.
 
 
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