Learn all about leather crafting and make a tanned leather card case with high-quality Italian vegetable-tanned leather with leathercraft experts Carréducker.
Leather is one of the oldest materials known to man and one of the most satisfying to work with when the leather is sustainably sourced and naturally tanned.
As master shoemakers, Deborah and James of Carreducker, have over 20 years experience working with leather, particularly natural oak bark and veg. tanned leathers. They’ve been developing courses and teaching handsewn shoemaking to enthusiasts from all over the world, for almost as long!
They’re now bringing their knowledge and expertise online in a series of specialist courses. The in-depth classes are designed to give you a good foundation in the craft and to get you launched on your way.
In this online workshop, led by Deborah, you will learn how to make an Italian veg. tanned leather card case with three pockets using basic leathercraft tools and techniques including saddle stitch.
Follow the step by step video and course notes to gain the skills and confidence to continue working in leather at home, with all the essential tools you’ll need included in the kit.
What's in the kit?
This comprehensive kit contains all the essentials to keep working in leather:
- 2 x pre-cut inside leather pockets
- 2 x pre-cut outside leather pockets
- Waxed linen thread cut to length
- Leather glue (non-toxic 118ml)
- Gum tragacanth (natural, non-toxic 118ml)
- Beeswax (30g)
- Stitching pony
- 4” Dividers
- Pack of 25 x 002 John James needles
- Heat creaser
- 16oz rubber mallet
- Scratch awl
- 15cm cutting board
- 6-prong x 2mm chisel
- 2-prong x 2mm chisel
- Acrylic sleeking bone
- Piece of cotton webbing
- Piece of 240 sandpaper
Learn how to decorate the edges, glue the layers, punch the holes, saddle stitch and hand-finish the case.
The case is pre-cut from natural veg. tanned leather, which is sustainably sourced and tanned using only organic matter such as oak bark, chestnut or mimosa and will develop a beautiful patina over time.
You will receive a kit (pictured) containing the tools, materials, card case pocket sections and waxed linen thread cut to length; a 30-minute video introducing you to specialist leathercraft tools and some leathercraft techniques as you are guided through the making process, and a PDF of detailed course notes to download.
How is this Leather Masterclass taught?
What else do I need?
In addition to the comprehensive tools and materials included in the kit, you will also need:
- Optional: stamp set for monogramming – there are a host of different fonts and sizes to choose from online
- A spirit burner – available at carreducker.com
- Cotton buds/Q-tips
- Sharp scissors
- A small ruler
Get everything you need to start learning about leather crafting and gain new skills whilst making your own leather card holder from scratch.
Carréducker are recognised as ambassadors of the handsewn shoemaking craft. They were awarded the Balvenie Masters of Craft Award for Leather in 2011; the Marsh Heritage Crafts ‘Made in Britain’ Award in 2017, for their work promoting British-made shoes and boots; and the QEST Award for Excellence in 2018 for bringing handsewn shoemaking to a global audience and the high quality of craft training that they are giving the next generation of makers.