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Communs pour le travail du cuir

I usually use my leather scraps to make key-chains like the ones in the picture below. But today I thought I would try something different inspired by some etsy products I saw on pinterest.

I will be working with 3 different kind of leathers: a piece of calfskin, a piece of first grade 5oz and finally some second grade 4oz. All are vegetable tanned.

As I will be using different techniques to decorate the bookmarks during some steps I will go into specific details for each piece. However when the treatment between the piece will be the same I will only illustrate the operation with one piece and show the result for all the bookmarks.



  • Couture en point sellier
  • Edge beveling
  • Leather dyeing


  • Poiçoin
  • Couteau de précision ou ciseaux
  • Needles
  • Hole punches of different diameter
  • Abat carré
  • Edge slicker
  • Applicator for the dye


  • Leather scraps
  • Thread(s)
  • Leather dye(s)
  • Ciment de contact pour cuir
  • Leather finishing product


The free patterns can be téléchargé ici.

Étapes de conception

Printing and cutting the patterns

The PDF for the patterns can be found ici.

Print it on A4 paper and cut-out the pieces of the project.

Prenez soin de vérifier que les dimensions du patron n'ont pas été altérées durant l'impression. Pour ce faire vous pouvez vérifier les mesures du carré d’étalonnage qui doit mesurer 5cm de coté.

Imprimer sur un papier épais rendra l'étape du traçage sur le cuir plus aisée. Un papier de 200g/cm2 ou plus est idéal, tant que votre imprimante peut le tolérer.

Tracing the patterns onto the leather

Trace the outline of the heart onto the leather twice.

For the bookmarks with the embroidery, mark every stitch point and trace the lines between them using the patterns as a guide.

I omitted tracing the lines for the wings as markings don’t come out so well on calfskin.

For the dotted bookmarks, mark the center of every hole to be punched through.

Finally for the moon, dampen the leather before tracing on top of the paper to leave a clear mark on the leather.

Dyeing the pieces

I mainly used two techniques here:

  • A watercolor brush with a water reservoir built in which allows me to suck-in some dye from the bottle and release it along with more or less water as I drag the brush onto the leather. Which creates a kind of watercolory effect.
  • A more or less successful gradient achieved by rubbing the soaked dye applicator on a piece of paper to get it to be almost dry and then rub this onto the leather, insisting more on the areas that I wish to be darker.

I applied a coat of oil on the cow skins and Tokonole on the calfskin (I like the texture that it gives to calfskin. Sometimes I use oil as well but it darkens the color and that’s the what I was going for).


At that point the moon bookmark is going to disappear but don’t be alarmed. I simply called it a day and threw a piece of leather on top of it. The next day I started working again, finished all the bookmarks and took all the pictures only to realize while cleaning out my desk that the moon was left unfinished. It will make its come back in the final result pictures

Stamping, punching and embroidering

I punched my logo into the heart.

The punch sizes used are as follow:

  • 2mm
  • 2.5mm
  • 3mm
  • 4mm
  • 5mm

Each size is represented by a different line pattern on the PDF.

For the embroidery, first prepare the holes with an awl according the marks left earlier.

Then start joining each segment using the pattern as a guide.

You might be wondering what happened to the wolf? Well I thought that it looked really good the way it was right after dyeing so I left it at that.

Cutting-out the pieces

Now you can cut the outline of the 6 bookmarks’ pieces (12 pieces total).

A pair of scissors works fine too. It all depends on the leather you are using and how precise you want the result to look like (or inversely the amount of effort that you are willing to put in).

Edge beveling & burnishing

At that point the diagonal edge should be burnished as it will become more difficult to do so once both parts of the bookmark are glued onto one another.

Start by beveling the edge on both sides. You can use sandpaper to smooth out the result.

I also died the rough side and the edges of the dotted bookmarks.

Use the method of your choice to burnish the edge of all 6 pieces.

I am using a wood slicker and Tokonole in that case.

Gluing the two sides of the bookmarks together

Use leather cement to glue along the corner edges of the bookmarks.

Stitching the bookmarks

Mark the stitching lines on the corner edges and punch the holes. I’m using chisels but an awl is fine of course.

Stitch along all the corners.

Finishing touches

At that point you can bevel and burnish the remaining edges.

Finally apply to finishing product on your pieces. Let it dry, give it a good rub with a cotton rag and you’re done!

Résultat final

I’m really happy with these and hope that you will enjoy the patterns.

As always, please feel free to share any feedback about this tutorial or any project idea you’d like to see posted here.

Notes de bas de page

Le contenu en ligne suivant m'a apporté assistance technique ou inspiration durant la réalisation de ce projet:

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