So you want to get into leather working and are wondering what tools you’ll need….. well the short answer is not much actually.

Leather working as a hobby can start out with the very basics of tools, such as;

  • Utility knife or scalpel style craft knife
  • Light hammer or mallet
  • Sewing awl or Speedy stitcher
  • Scissors
Sewing tools

Like any hobby it all goes with what you want to get out of it. If you are simply wanting to make some pouches and simple bags, then all you will need is a knife to cut the leather, and a sewing awl. Or if you plan on doing more intricate designs then more specific tools will be required.

Scissors and glue with a tonne of patience you can make Roses like this one.

The great thing about working with leather is it can be done with little money, it can empty your wallet just like any hobby once you see all the cool tools and stamps…. “a oh that is nice ..gotta have one of these too”… and you can feel your wallet lighten up.

As your skill grows you WILL buy more tools to make the craft easier. Craftaids for designs are a budget friendly way to add a lot of flair to your work.

3d stamps are a must for anyone looking to add initials or lettering, and yup they come in different sizes, fonts etc, but the cost is outweighed by the years of use you will get from them.

Now if you look online you can see every tool imaginable for leather,

  • Mallets
  • Knives
  • Stylus
  • Stamps
  • Carving tools
  • Various stitching tools
  • Chisels
  • Hole punches
  • Corner punches
  • Belt punches
  • Strap cutters
  • Bevelers
  • Edgers
  • Groovers
  • Lettering stamps
  • 2 and 3D stamps
  • and the list goes on

Leather working tools really is a matter of what do you want to do as a craft, Saddle makers require a boatload of tools t make all the parts fit and finish worth the time and value of it. Certain tools will make your work easier, and provide a better overall look and finish your items.

As you can see the leather craft tools is rabbit hole and are you sure you want to go down it?

So here is my advice, start simple and ask other leather workers what tools they use the most… but I always say to everyone who asks me, if buying tools buy the best you can afford now. You do get what you pay for and buying the higher quality tools will give better results and last longer.