I have never worked with leather before, but I wanted a high quality envelope to hold watercolor paper for when I paint outdoors. It was important to me for the leather to be full-grain because I wanted it to hold up to the elements, and last a long time.
Quick note: Full-grain leather is the full hide. If you sand the outermost part off, you have thinner, Top-Grain leather. If you sand that off, you have Genuine Leather. (You need to emboss it with an artificial texture to make it look like leather.) I mention that because this is definitely Full-Grain leather. And it’s gorgeous.
This leather arrived two days after I purchased it, and it’s lovely! I ran out and picked up a sewing awl. I used a drafting compass to mark and punch holes for sewing. I cut the leather with an Exacto knife, and made this pouch in an evening. It wasn’t as hard as I thought, and I’m excited to take it out when I go camping in a few weeks.
This is beautiful, thick, full-grain leather. I am thinking about getting a larger one to make a bigger pouch - but I want to test this one out first so I know what to do differently on the next one.