I recently picked up a nice haul of vegetable leather from Swedish tannery Tärnsjö Garveri. The leather used for this apron is too thick if anything, but I wanted to try and make a really heavy duty apron.
I made a pattern design in two pieces – shown below is a bottom piece.
The top and bottom pieces are mirrored.
I attached the two top pieces to eachother. After double-checking that I had managed to cut straight lines, I applied contact cement to the edges and carefully forced them together. They are not skived as there is no overlap of leather.
I used a pricking wheel to mark the stitching holes on one side, and then a scratch awl to mark the holes individually on the adjoining piece. This was to ensure that the holes would produce neat squares.
Then I stitched it up, and did the same thing with the two bottom pieces.
When the top and bottom pieces were stitched separately, I put it all together.
I hand burnished the edges with gum tragacanth.
No studs or rivets were used, but I made and hand stitched these thingies on.
The straps were made with spine from 1st grade Italian veg tanned calf.
And here’s the finished product: