Where to source leather for a DIY watch band?
July 21, 2016 10:50 AM   Subscribe

I'd like to take a stab at making my own watch band(s) out of leather. There are plenty of tutorials out there on the process, but I am not so sure about where to source the materials -- especially the leather itself.

Where can I find small amounts of good quality leather (Horween chromexcel, shell cordovan, etc) in a variety of colors? I know about this kit, but am hopeful that there is an option that allows me to do more of the work without also having to spend $200 for an entire side of leather at once. Recommendations of any kind that will help me be successful in this plan are also welcome.
posted by cubby to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Waterhouse Leather in Hyannis!
posted by gyusan at 10:59 AM on July 21, 2016

I don't know exactly what you need for this, but I would first look at Etsy (that's a search for "leather pieces" in the "craft supplies and tools" section. In addition to finished products, a lot of people are selling crafting supplies on Etsy.
posted by brainmouse at 11:01 AM on July 21, 2016

Craigslist? Tandy? Leather clothing manufacturers? Used shoes or boots? Used belts? Shoe repair shop?
posted by Bruce H. at 11:56 AM on July 21, 2016

google for "leather scrap", which is usually sold for about $4 a pound.
posted by The Elusive Architeuthis at 12:22 PM on July 21, 2016

Oregon Leather has a big selection (and their scrap bins are The Best); from their website it looks like they'll happily work with non-local customers.
posted by janell at 12:22 PM on July 21, 2016

I have been experimenting with leather, and I encourage you to embrace the "Build one to throw away" philosophy when working with these relatively expensive materials. Use some cheaper leather for your first one, or a blemished piece, and expect to screw up something. And then go buy some good stuff and make a keeper out of that. Good luck!!

(Also, you can ask for sources on Reddit at https://www.reddit.com/r/Leathercraft/.)
posted by wenestvedt at 12:40 PM on July 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

Fall into Brettuns Village Leather Craft Supplies.
posted by TWinbrook8 at 1:35 PM on July 21, 2016

thanks for the good resources folks!
posted by cubby at 7:25 PM on July 21, 2016

Came to suggest Oregon Leather (their scrap bin makes me wish I wasn't vegetarian) but also wanted to mention that you can reuse leather when making small stuff - I made a nice watch band using scraps from a damaged boot. Don't know details about the leather, but judging from the quality of the boot it's probably good stuff.
posted by sibilatorix at 10:03 PM on July 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

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