Leather (I used kid doeskin – you want something soft)
Leather needle (for sewing machine)
Leather needle (for hand stitching)
Pattern (I got mine here)
Pliers (or even better – a leather punch)
If you’d rather use pleather, or even two different types of fabric, go for it!
The first thing I did was cut out all the pieces of leather and fabric that I needed, using the pattern. I cut fabric for the lining, but I didn’t line the top of the moccasin – I wanted to flip out the “fringe” later.
The next step was to adhere my lining to the leather. If you did this with fabric, you would use fusible interfacing, but I thought that ironing leather might be a bad idea, so I took the easier route and sprayed the leather with adhesive and then stuck the fabric right on it. It worked like a charm and three hours later I was ready for the next step.
Using my machine, I sewed the sides of the moccasins together at the toe. Piece of cake. Then I had to sew the sole of the moc to the sides. Not so easy. It’s actually kind of impossible to pin leather using the wimpy pins I had, so I’d suggest using binder clips or something to held your pieces together as you sew. Another tip: sew slowly if you are using leather. It’s a lot of work for that wimpy upholstery thread and you have fewer breaks if you go slow.
Then, the time consuming part: hand stitching the top to the sides. This is where it would be beneficial to have a leather punch. However, leather punches are expensive and I wanted to make these mocs NOW, so I opted to push a sharp leather needle through the layers of fabric and leather, then pull it through using a pair of pliers. Like I said, time-consuming, but the effect was pretty adorable if I do say so myself.