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Communs pour le travail du cuir

I was recently tasked by a friend to make a leather aloe vera incense holder as well as another incense burner more suited to burning cones. I wanted to stay on the same nature-inspired theme and to use this opportunity to try my hand at making flowers with leather, something I had seen in a craft market a few weeks earlier.




  • Couteau de précision
  • Cotton swabs or equivalent for dyeing
  • Brunissoir
  • Poinçon


  • >=5oz cuir tannage végétal
  • White leather dye
  • Huile
  • Produit de finition du cuir


Le patron gratuit peut être téléchargé ici.

Étapes de conception

Imprimer et découper le patron

Le PDF pour le patron est disponible 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 outline of the pattern onto the leather

Use an awl to trace around the 3 petal patterns on your piece of leather.

Don’t forget to mark the position of the stitches.

Dying the petals (optional)

If you want to dye your pieces, this would be the right time to do so.

I chose to go with a very light touch of white. I wanted to keep the natural color of the veg tanned leather visible especially as it will age quite nicely.

Cutting-out the petal-crowns

Cut the outline of each petals on the three pieces.

I usually like to cut all the edges going in one direction, then cutting consecutively all the opposite edges.

Burnishing the edges and smoothing out the rough side

Here I use some Tokonole to burnish the edges and give a sleek texture to the rough side.

Stitching the three petal-crowns together

Start by perforating the leather with your awl to prepare for the stitches.

Then stitch all around the circle with a saddle stitch, passing through the three crowns every time.

Water-forming the flower

Submerge the flower in water and let it soak for a good 10 minutes.

Then close down the petals one crown after another, starting by the smallest one in the center.

Use a piece of thread or cord to secure the flower thus closed. No need to wrap it around too tight, if you do the edges of the petals might leave undesired marks on the opposite petals they are pressed on.

Let it dry overnight or until it has partially dried up but is still damp enough to be reshaped. At that point open up the petals to give the flower a shape to your liking.

Then let it completely dry (about 24h depending the heat and humidity).

Finishing touches

Finally I am applying some leather finishing product with a brush in order to protect the pigment of the dye.

Résultat final

I hope you had fun making this project. I plan on adding another crown to make the flower look a bit more interesting so I’ll post the updated pattern once I get to doing it.

Notes de bas de page

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