While studying The Plains Indians, we decided to make leather moccasins. I’ve never worked with leather before, so I was a little worried on how we were going to do this, and what would be the easiest pattern and design for us to do.
I checked out many books form the library. Here are some:
- Making Cool Crafts and Awesome Art by Roberta Gould.
- Indian Handcrafts by C. Keith Wilbur.
- Pioneer Crafts by Barbara Greenwood.
- Crafts and Skills of the Native Americans by David R. Montgomery.
- Indian Scout Craft and Lore by Charles A. Eastman.
- More than Moccasins: A Kid’s Activity Guide to Traditional North American Indian Life by Laurie Carlson.
But at the end Lucas and Siena decided in a model they liked online. It’s a Woodland Indian Center Seam Moccasin. I found it online here.
It took me a while to figure out all the measurement and dots and cuts, but at the end it all made sense.
After cutting the pattern on paper, we made a sample on felt (an old, felted, recycled sweater and coat) to try first.
Siena has sewn before and she likes it. But it was Lucas’s second big project he’s done lately.
After we made sure the sample fit them, we made changes and went to work with leather then.
We measured about half an inch to make the holes to sew around the front and the back of the moccasin.
If we make another pair of moccasins again, I’d like to find more of the thicker leather we had for Lucas’s shoes. It feels sturdier and that they could last a little longer.