Have you ever tried to embroider leather? (or faux leather in this case…) I had some faux leather scraps and decided to experiment with a running stitch across the leather to make this little, embroidered leather zipper pouch.
There are zipper pouch tutorials all over the web, so I won’t rehash the whole process…I’ll just show you how to add the embroidered leather detail to your favorite zipper pouch tutorial. ( I recommend Anna’s Open Wide Zipper Pouch.)
Make An Embroidered Leather Zipper Pouch:
First, gather your supplies for your bag and choose a pattern. You’ll also need some embroidery floss, chalk, and a straight edge.
Cut some strips of leather (or faux leather) the same width as your bag, and about half the height. Use chalk and a straight edge to mark your embroidery lines. Don’t forget to leave room on the top and bottom for seams! I used 6 lines spaced about 1/2 in. apart.
Pick some embroidery floss colors and add a simple running stitch along the chalk lines.
Next, line up the leather piece on top of the bag exterior and flip it up, leaving the top edge in the same place and placing right sides together. Stitch along the edge of the leather.
Flip the leather piece back down and topstitch it to the bag exterior.
Repeat on the other side of the bag, and then just follow the directions for adding a zipper and sewing the pouch together for whatever pattern you are using!
Do you ever use embroidery in uncommon ways?