Instructions for Leather Lacing Double Stitch

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Instructions for Leather Lacing Double Stitch
Make some attractive new slippers with the double running stitch. (Moccasin image by Kathy D from

The double running stitch creates a finished seam on both sides of a leather piece so it can be used when you want to overlap two edges as well as when edges are aligned. This stitch is stronger than a single running stitch and can be used on slippers, pouches, bags and clothing. Use two colours of leather lacing for an attractive dashed pattern. Use an ordinary hole punch on thin leather to create the larger hole this stitch requires.

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Things you need

  • Thin leather pieces
  • Small hole punch, 3/16 inch
  • Leather lacing, 1/8 inch wide
  • Glue

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    Prepare the Leather

  1. 1

    Punch holes along the edge of the leather pieces 1/4 inch apart and 1/4 inch in from the edge. If possible punch through both layers of leather at the same time so the holes are evenly aligned. Be sure the holes are large enough for two pieces of lacing to fit through.

  2. 2

    Align the holes in the two pieces. The edges can be even or overlapping.

  3. 3

    Cut two pieces of leather lacing, each one and a half times as long as the finished seam. If you are only using one colour cut the piece three times as long as the seam.

    Stitch the Double Running Stitch

  1. 1

    Run the first colour of leather lacing down through the first hole leaving a 3-inch tail.

  2. 2

    Bring the lacing up through the next hole. Hold the tail and pull this stitch tight. Repeat these two stitches until you reach the end of the seam. This is the single running stitch.

  3. 3

    Run the second colour of lacing through the last hole in the opposite direction from the first strip of lacing, leaving a 3-inch tail. If using one colour of leather when you reach end of the seam simply fold the lacing over the edge of the leather and continue the running stitch in the opposite direction, pulling the lacing tightly.

  4. 4

    Continue the running stitch back down the seam drawing the lacing through tightly in the opposite direction of the previous row of stitching. This will create the double running stitch pattern of end-to-end stitches.

  5. 5

    Knot the tails of the lacing tightly and secure them with a drop of glue.

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