Natural Vegetable Tanned Leather Belly 4-5 oz Top Grain (5 SqFt)

SKU: 124330



This is a natural veg tan belly cut of cowhide. Natural veg tan leather has not received any topical treatment or finishing. Natural veg tan accepts dyes, paints and tooling (stamping and molding) very well and is ideal for crafting bespoke leather goods.

A leather belly is an economical way to experiment with leatherworking if you are interested in the craft or want to practice your sewing and tooling skills. Bellies are great for smaller projects like keychains, coin purses and wallets, or for adding leather bottoms, straps and other accents to bags. Waxed canvas and leather pair beautifully together for a vintage, high-end look to your custom bags and accessories. Leather can feel stiff upon arrival but will soften over time.

Please Note: This leather belly is a bulk list item. You will receive a cowhide similar to the one shown but not necessarily that particular hide.

What Is Vegetable Tanned Leather?

"Veg tan" refers to the method of tanning the cowhide into leather. This method uses natural tannins found in certain plants and trees to alter the proteins of the animal skin. It’s one of the oldest methods of tanning and is more environmentally friendly than chemical forms of leather tanning. Veg-tan leather has the longevity and beauty — with that classic leather smell — that leather crafters desire for their artisanal leather goods.

Leather Patina

What is leather patina? As leather ages and wears with use, it will develop a rich, marbled look and shine that adds character to the finished item. Veg tan leather, in particular, is known for developing the best patina of all leather types. This means that veg tan leather ages beautifully and holds up better over time than other forms of leather.


4-5 oz. veg tan leather is most commonly used for the following leather goods:

  • Wallets
  • Bags/Clutches
  • Inlays
  • Keychains
  • Watchbands
  • Jewelry
  • Desk Covers
  • Aprons
  • Knife Sheaths
  • Shoes
  • Jackets
  • Costumes
  • Bookbinding