Canvas Leather and Goods Maker

Canvas and Leather Goods Makers work with canvas and leather materials to make and repair products such as boots, bags, shoes and garments. They may use a variety of tools to shape and mould materials and assemble products.

Duties and tasks

  • Design patterns for boots, tents and other leather and canvas products by implementing design ideas
  • Fabricate products by cutting, sewing, gluing and bonding different sections of canvas and leather to make tents, awnings, rugs, etc.
  • Mould, shape and line leather and canvas pieces using hand tools and machines
  • Repair damaged or broken leather and canvas goods and alter individual pieces
  • Use a variety of tools such as hammers, sewing machines and adhesive materials to create and repair products
  • Use patterns, drawing and specifications to prepare leather, canvas and other similar materials needed for making products
  • Work with customers on specialised requests and orders as well as large commercial orders, processing payments and understanding specifications of orders

Skills required

  • Hand-Eye Coordination and Manual Dexterity
  • Organisation Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Strong Attention to Detail
  • Time Management

Working conditions

Canvas and Leather Goods Makers typically work regular Monday to Friday hours, but may need to work evenings and weekends in order to complete orders on time. They typically work in workshops with a variety of tools and machines to aid in canvas and leather work and production. They must use upper arm strength to mould and shape materials.

Professional associations / Industry information

Manufacturing Skills Australia 

The Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) 

The Creative Industry Skills Council 

The Furnishing Industry Association of Australia 

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