This is your online resource for the 4-H Leathercraft project. The manual, record sheet and exhibit card are below.

If you have any questions, please refer to the 4-H Handbook or contact the Extension Office.

*If you have trouble accessing any of these documents below because of a disability, please contact the Jackson Co. Extension Office at (812) 358-6101 or send an email to


Here are the requirements for this project:


  2. Attach to project 4-H-618AW “4-H Craft Information Card” for description of work completed on the project.
  3. If multiple pieces make up the exhibit, a photograph of the complete exhibit should be attached to the exhibit so the total exhibit can properly be displayed.
  4. For safety purposes any craft exhibit that resembles a sword, knife, or look-a-like weapon, will be judged but will not be displayed.

Beginner (Grades 3-5)

Make one of the following using a simple stamped design with or without single lacing.

  1. Coaster (set of 4)
  2. Coin purse
  3. Key case

Exhibit: one (1) or more article(s) made.         

         Grades 3, 4, 5 - one small leather article with stamped design with or without simple sewing or lacing

Intermediate (Grades 6-8)

  1. Learn kinds and working qualities of leather
  2. Practice the correct way to handle stamping tools and how to hold a mallet so as not to tire easily
  3. Learn how much moisture to use in working leather
  4. Practice making simple and original designs with stamping tools
  5. Practice on leather scrap pieces to learn the tooling technique and the correct use of the swivel knife, how deep to cut, and decorative cuts
  6. Learn double overlay lacing in purses and billfolds
  7. Select an article to tool and carve, applying the design and if needed - lacing. Make one of the following:
  8. Belt
  9. Small purse
  10. Key case
  11. Billfold

Exhibit: one (1) article made.

         Grades 6, 7, 8 - one leather article of the following types: belts, small purse or case, key case or billfold. Tool and/or stamp and finish the article. Lace or hand sew as needed.

Advanced (Grades 9-12)

  1. Practice developing the following skills:
  2. Dyeing – use proper techniques
  3. Tools for figure carving
  4. Learn the different grades of leather
  5. Learn to cut your own hides
  6. Select an article to carve - simple dyes may be used. Can use pre-cut kits, but article should NOT be pre-embossed - carving and, if needed, lacing should be done. Suggested articles: Bridles, saddles, bowling bags, pictures, billfolds, handbags

Exhibit: one (1) article made.

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 - tool and carve or use an advanced stamped design on one large article. Figure carving and/or dying of leather is also acceptable. Lace or hand sew as needed. Can use pre-cut kits, but article should not be pre-embossed.

Note: Some leather tools and stamps are available on loan on a first come, first serve basis from the Extension Office. Plan early.