How to Sew a Python Snake Skin

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How to Sew a Python Snake Skin
A python skin belt can be made using basic snake skin sewing techniques. (snakeskin belt image by Alison Bowden from

Python, like all snakeskin, is very fragile and difficult to work with. This is why it is generally used for making small items, such as wallets and belts. Although the skin itself is expensive, one python skin can be turned into several smaller items. The technique for sewing python skin is essentially the same no matter what you are making -- you will need to cut the python skin to the correct shape and then sew the skin onto a piece of stronger material, such as cow leather or canvas.

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Things you need

  • Python snake skin
  • Cow skin leather
  • Sewing machine
  • Leather sewing needle
  • Polyester thread
  • Leather tape, two-sided
  • Cutting mat
  • Leather presser foot
  • Ruler
  • Rotary cutter knife
  • Leather varnish

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  1. 1

    Place the python snake skin onto the cutting mat and tape it in place with leather tape. This will keep the snake skin from sliding around while you cut.

  2. 2

    Prepare your sewing machine by inserting a leather needle and leather foot into the sewing machine. The leather foot is a pad that prevents the snakeskin from sliding around while you sew.

  3. 3

    Cut the python skin into the desired shape. For example, if you are making a belt, cut the skin into the correct length for a belt. Use the rotary cutting knife to cut the python skin.

  4. 4

    Cut the cow skin leather to the same measurements as the python skin. This will be the base of your item, and will provide strength and durability. Tape the python skin to the leather, using double-sided leather tape. This will hold the skins together while you sew.

  5. 5

    Sew the python skin to the cow leather using a sewing machine set up with a leather needle and polyester thread. Feed the material through slowly and top stitch around the edges.

  6. 6

    Varnish the python skin. This will protect it from fading, scaling and damage from wear and tear.

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