Making : Leather moccasins

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.

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I checked out many books form the library.  Here are some:

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.

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It took me a while to figure out all the measurement and dots and cuts, but at the end it all made sense.

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After cutting the pattern on paper, we made a sample on felt (an old, felted, recycled sweater and coat) to try first.

DSC_0022-small DSC_0023-smallSiena and Lucas each made their own sample.

DSC_0024-small DSC_0027-smallSiena has sewn before and she likes it.  But it was Lucas’s second big project he’s done lately.

DSC_0029-small DSC_0025-smallIt was a little more difficult for him, but he liked it, and especially to see the end result.

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After we made sure the sample fit them, we made changes and went to work with leather then.

DSC_0064-smallWe copied the pattern on the wrong side of the leather, what was going inside.

DSC_0065-smallThen we cut it with regular scissors.

DSC_0074-smallHad artificial sinew on hand and leather needles to work with.

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We measured about half an inch to make the holes to sew around the front and the back of the moccasin.

DSC_0069-small DSC_0071-smallWe punched the holes on the paper pattern first, and then we copied the dots on the leather piece.

DSC_0070-smallThen, we punched holes on the leather so it was easier to sew.

DSC_0066-smallSiena had a thiner leather I found online, and Lucas had a thicker one we had around. Luckily we had enough of each for a pair of moccasins.

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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.

DSC_0082-small DSC_0090-smallNevertheless, Siena’s moccasins turn out cute and she likes them. Almost like ballet shoes.  DSC_0092-smallAnd I like the pattern she made in the heel tab.

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