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Exploring new assembly methods.

I will be occasionally posting here with my explorations in crafting with various materials. Here I’m exploring leatherworking for our company Cream.

After picking up some of the nicest and brightest Italian pebbled leather to test out some new designs, it occured to me that this would make a wonderful pillow cover, a pillow cover having very unapparent complexity.

Deceiving myself with my innocence, I set about gathering down pillow inserts, understanding piping, and attempting my first zipper project.

  1. Measure insert and reduce pattern by 1”
  2. Design piping and prepare to allow overlap of piping
  3. Design zipper attachment method
  4. Temporarily glue parts together inside out for stability during hand stitching
  5. Punch stitch holes in four layers of leather
  6. Stitch parts together
  7. Design zipper pull
  8. Finish

Results

Well, despite there being a few issues and imperfections, my first pillow cover turned out wonderfully.

I believe it was at this point that the idea of moving projects like this to stitching with a machine may be quite a bit faster and yield better, more consistent results.

It was a lot of work. I’ve learned a lot, and now we have a quiant (and very red) sofa pillow.

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