Posted on

New Evancliffe Leathercraft Leather Workshop Dates Confirmed!

We are pleased to announce three new workshop dates!

Saturday 14th March 2015 – Introduction to Leatherwork Belt Making Workshop

Saturday 11th April 2015 – Hand Bound Leather Journal Workshop

Saturday 9th May 2015 – Introduction to Leatherwork Belt Making Workshop

Workshops run from 10:00am – 4:00pm with a 30 minute lunch break.

All the workshops will be £60.00 per person including materials and tool use.  Tea and Coffee will be provided.  Sandwiches etc. are available reasonably locally or you can bring your own packed lunch.

To book a place on any of these workshops please visit our Courses Page:


Posted on

Some feedback about our leather products & workshops.

“A beautiful hand crafted leather journal for my wife. Amazing quality and great customer service. Perfect gift…thanks!”  – Tom B. (Hand bound leather journal.)

“Beautiful little journal, hand tooled and finished to a fabulous standard, can’t recommend enough.” – Vannesa W.   (Hand bound leather journal.)

“The hands-on leathercraft workshop that Clive and Wendy offer are first class. They explain everythingin an easy to understand manner, making the course idea for total beginners. The cost of the workshop includes all material so there are no surprises or extra costs.” – Jayson G. (Introduction to Leathercraft – Belt Making Workshop.)

“Thanks to Clive and Wendy for a great course today. Karen really likes the leather belt I made for her and I now know that I will be spending any Xmas money on tools to make some more.” – Bill W. (Introduction to Leathercraft – Belt Making Workshop.)

“I just wanted to confirm I have received the item and am very pleased with it. Great service and product. ” – Ryan T. (Railway Tee-Key Holder.)

(Ryan also submitted another review to our facebook page about 3 months later, which we have added below.)

“Ordered my carriage key holder a while back for a more authentic look and the fact I wanted a solid hard wearing product. After several months use I am not disappointed. The item is well made looks fantastic and has been engraved with my initials. The service was quick and professional. Would and have recommended to colleagues.” – Ryan T. (Hand Stitched Leather Tee-Key / Carriage Key Holder with initials.)

“Collected my leather tankard from Clive Elsdon, absolutely chuffed, well worth the wait.” Alan A. (Custom made wet molded tankard.)

“I had a mobile phone case from these great folks, top of the bill, gets commented on all the time. I would urge you to get in touch, they will do bespoke items.” – Alan A. (Custom mobile phone case that could be used for one of two different phones.)

“A wonderful quality leather journal and belts for myself and Children. Well done to Wendy and Clive. Great service and products!” Gary F. (Custom made Leather Journal & Custom Made Leather Belts.)

Posted on

FAQ No.1 – What length of Belt do I need??

Hand Craft Leather Belt
Hand Craft Leather Belt

This is a question we get asked a lot when people order custom belts from us!  There are a few different  answers …

Men’s Trouser Waist Size

For men, the size of your belt is roughly the same as your trouser waste size plus 2″.  So if you’re wearing a 34″ waist pair of trousers, then you need a 36″ belt etc. etc.  This allows for the fact the belt goes around the outside of your trousers and that your shirt is tucked into your trousers etc.

Of course, that’s not always the best way to tell us.  We know that some trouser sizes actually vary from manufacturer to manufacturer or style to style.

Women’s Dress Size to Waist Size

Women’s clothes are not normally sold in a particular waist size but use a Dress Size system.  Converting this to a waist size  is not an exact science, but a rough guide for UK dress sizes is as follows:

Size 4 = 24.5″, Size 6 = 25.5″, Size 8 = 26.5″, Size 10 = 28.5″, Size 12 = 30.5″, Size 14 = “32.5”, Size 18 = “37.5”

Is there a simpler way?

Yes, we think there is anyway.  You can measure yourself.  Think about where the belt is going to sit, and simply measure around yourself at that point.   Let us have the actual measurement and that is what we will base the belt size on, adding 2″.

Simpler than that?

Possibly?  Have you got an existing belt you feel comfortable with?  If the answer is yes, what better thing to base the measurement of your new belt on?  But…

1) Do not simply take the size off it’s label.

Belts tend to reshape themselves and stretch over time.

2) The overall length of a belt, from end to end, is not what we are after.

This measurement would not be a great deal of use to us. It may include a random length at the end and it does not tell us where on the belt you are fastening it.

What do we need then?

What we want to know is the distance from the inside edge of the buckle frame to the hole you use on the belt.  Not the other holes, just simply the hole you use.  To help, we’ve prepared a diagram.  This should make it very simple to measure.

What length of belt do I need?
What length of belt do I need?

(If your buckle is the decorative style that has a protrusion on the back that clips into the hole on the belt, it’s that protrusion you should measure from.)

Anything else?

Belt Width

We’ll need to know what width the belt you want is.  Usual widths in inches are 1/2″, 1″ and 1 and a 1/2″.  If you are supplying the buckle, that will answer the question for us.


If you are providing measurements, please make sure you state what units you are using. (You’d be surprised!) We can handle Metric or Imperial, we’re not bothered which as long as we know what it is, mm, cm, inches, feet  etc. etc…