A gal at work wanted her step stool redone. I had intended to do the whole thing in leather and cowhide. I started the project, and I was trying to sew everything by hand, and it was so hard! I knew I would never complete it sewing it all by hand, and with leather. I finally took a chair pad I had, and sewed some leather on it, part by hand, part by machine. By the time I was done, I was feeling o.k. about the project. I will not be doing any more projects with hand sewn leather!