Accessibility Statement


Leatherworking is a rewarding handicraft; starting with only a few basic skills and a limited investment in time, equipment and materials, you can quickly make useful and attractive items to last a lifetime. This project makes it straightforward for you to develop this skill as you assemble pieces of vegetable-tanned leather into a practical cover for the Lee Valley Logbook.

You will learn how to punch evenly spaced stitch holes in the leather, how to thread the harness needles for leatherworking, and how to sew the seams using the leapfrog saddle-stitch technique with waxed polyester thread.

The journal cover takes approximately 6 to 8 hours to complete and is suitable for everyone, aged 14 years and up. No sewing experience required; the instructions cover the steps, from threading your needles to stitching with two needles to finishing the seam.

This well-thought-out project kit includes everything you need to make it yourself, including the hand tools.

Components of the kit are listed under the Specifications tab.

You will also have access to the step-by-step video and a downloadable copy of the written instructions.

Available while quantities last.


Contents of the Leather Journal Cover Kit

Outer leather cover, 44.5cm × 25cm (17 1/2" × 9 7/8")

Left-side leather pocket, 15cm × 25cm (6" × 9 7/8")

Right-side leather pocket with pen holder, 15cm × 25cm (6" × 9 7/8")

Leather card pocket, 8.5cm × 9cm (3 3/8" × 3 1/2")

Leather lace tie, 1cm × 107cm (3/8" × 42")

Lee Valley Logbook, 192 pages

Masking tape, 1" × 60 yards

4mm stitching chisels, set of 2

Leather slicker

4 harness needles

1 piece of waxed polyester thread, 120cm (47 1/4")

2 pieces of waxed polyester thread, each 210cm (82 5/8")

Rubber cement, 118ml (4 U.S. fl oz)

Small piece of beeswax, about 3g (0.1 oz)

2 pieces of sandpaper (150x and 220x)

3 leather protective pads

3 butterfly clips

3 pushpins

1 cork

1 scrap piece of wood (backer board)

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