DIY Leathercraft: Make a Leather Volleyball with Free PDF Pattern

Making a Leather Volleyball Free PDF Pattern

How to Make a Leather Volleyball

Leathercraft is an art form that dates back thousands of years, offering endless possibilities for creativity and craftsmanship. One such unique application is the creation of sports equipment, particularly, a leather volleyball. This tutorial will guide you through the process, making it easy and enjoyable even for beginners.

Download the Free PDF Pattern

The first step towards your DIY leather volleyball is downloading our free PDF pattern. This pattern is designed to ensure accuracy in the shape and size of your volleyball.

Materials Needed

To start your leather volleyball project, you will need specific materials and tools. These include:

  • Good quality 3/4oz leather
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Leather Shears
  • Stitching Punch (We like Sinabroks)
  • Waxed Polyester thread (We like Tiger Thread)
  • Harness Needles for Baseball Stitching
  • Glue, Paper, Scissors & Cardboard for the template

Remember, the quality of your tools and materials will determine the final look and feel of your volleyball.

Cutting the Leather Pieces

Once you've understood the pattern, it's time to transfer it onto your leather. Be sure to use a sharp utility knife for clean, precise cuts. Remember, accuracy at this stage will significantly affect the outcome of your project.

Assembling the Volleyball

With all the pieces cut, you're now ready to assemble your leather volleyball. Start by aligning and stitching the pieces together using the waxed polyester thread. We demonstrate the baseball stitching technique to bind our edges. Ensure that the stitches are tight and consistent for the best structural integrity and aesthetics.

Finishing Touches

After the volleyball has been assembled, it's time for the finishing touches. These may include polishing the leather for a shiny finish and adding any personal details you may want. The final result should be a beautifully crafted leather volleyball that you can be proud of. 

Written by Ryan Popoff

Ryan Popoff is the creative mind behind Popov Leather wallets, iPhone cases, belts, watch bands and journals since 2013. With a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts, my leatherworking journey began at home. I wanted to create a simple leather wallet that could fit into my front pocket and — to my delight — it was a hit with family and friends. Hopefully you love our honest, quality leather goods too! Reach out with questions.

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1 comment

Alicia Cowan

Alicia Cowan

Good afternoon! Just thought I’d stop to say how much our family has enjoyed every item we’ve gotten from Popov. The quality is incredible!
That said, I’m messaging to ask if you will be selling the diy kits aim the future? It was something I bought on a whim for everyone in the family to learn a new skill. We LOVED them!! Even have lils who have branched out to have ideas to create their own pieces too! Needless to say, we hated seeing those go from the site. Thank you for your skills and your willingness and ability to share them with all of us in the world!! We hope you continue!
Enjoy the moments!
The KAB Crew!

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