- Two pieces of scrap leather for the front and back pieces
- One piece of scrap leather in a contrasting color for the mustache
- Tacky Glue
- Thread (heavy duty or all purpose thread will both work)
- A sewing machine
- Leather needle for your sewing machine (purely optional for a small project like this).
STEP FOUR: Put it all together
Place your front and back pieces so that their wrong sides are facing each other and their right sides are facing out.
Using the comb, trace a curved line along the bottom two corners, 1/2″ in from the edge. (Ignore my line of stitching on the right side! I got that far and realized I forgot to trace my lines).
Sewing a curved line can be very difficult on leather, which is why I suggest that you trace the curve first and then follow it with your needle. I use a silver fabric pencil so that the line is barely visible and easy to rub off.
Now secure your pieces together with these cool paper clamps. (Do not use pins, because they will leave permanent holes in the leather!)
Stitch around the three edges of the leather, following the curved line you traced at the short end. Do not back stitch, and make sure to leave long tails of thread to tie off. Again, I used a 4.0 stitch length and heavy duty thread.
Once you’re done stitching the front and back together, pull all threads to the back and tie off. Trim your seam allowances down to about 1/8″ on the three sides, and round off the corners.
If you would like more tips for working with leather, read my post on how to make a leather glasses case (I include a whole list of tips). For more leather projects to sew on your home sewing machine, you might be interested in these travel bags for men, or these leather card holders. Maybe you will impress your husband with some handmade leather goods for Christmas this year!
One more helpful tip: If you’re working with a comb size that I didn’t specify here, I suggest making a trial case before cutting into your leather. Here is what my first attempt looked like:
If you’re looking for places to buy leather, I have some suggestions in this post. This Etsy seller offers scrap packs of leather, and I love to buy these for variety. Otherwise, you can check your local Jo-ann’s for leather pieces. They are usually kept along the wall with the feathers and felt. The thrift store is another great option. However, leather that has been pulled from handbags and other accessories is usually treated with some kind of interfacing or glue, so you aren’t likely to get a piece of leather that is nice on both sides. Just keep that in mind while purchasing leather items from a thrift store!
I love these mustache comb cases! And seriously, how awesome is my husband for posing in these pictures for me?? Love him.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and feel brave enough to try sewing with leather! If you want to try on a less scary (read: expensive) substrate, try wool felt. I bet my son would LOVE one of these cases made out of felt.