Des Moines, Iowa


Hammer and Thread Leatherwork

Des Moines, Iowa | On Etsy since 2014

Buyers are raving!

This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

Announcement    Handcrafted costume and re-enactment leather goods since 1999.

Quality leather armor, clothing and accessories, hand-crafted to last a lifetime.


Handcrafted costume and re-enactment leather goods since 1999.

Quality leather armor, clothing and accessories, hand-crafted to last a lifetime.



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Jerel Krueger

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Jerel Krueger


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
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  • Michelle on Nov 1, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely LOVE IT! But knew I would, as this makes my 3rd corset frim them. LOVE each and every one of them. Best corset ever!

  • Audrey on Aug 18, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Arrived quickly once it shipped! Beautiful quality, well structured, great color! Received so many compliments on it today at the Michigan Renaissance Festival!

  • Logan Campbell on Sep 27, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely amazing, size is perfect, strong leather is great! Very well maid. I love them very much. Absolutely recommend to anyone looking for simple design functional-able cam braces!

  • Jim on Jun 17, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I have been looking for a belt pouch like this for quite some time; I am a musician and I wanted a small, wide opening belt pouch to hold musical accessories (picks, tuner, capo, fingerpicks, etc.) for easy and quick access while performing.

    Once I received it, it proved to be exactly what I was looking for; the product is very well made and has a very nice 'aged' leather appearance.

    The order and delivery process was perfect, and the order acknowledgement and shipping tracking was very reassuring.

    This was my first ETSY experience; both ETSY and Hammer Thread Leather have met and probably exceeded my expectations.

    Jim S.
    June 16, 2020

  • wendy on Jul 15, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    It is beautiful and the perfect size. I also bought it in black. Keys fit perfectly. I use it daily to carry things I need.

  • Shane on Feb 29, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I asked Jerel to alter this to my specifications. He happily complied and the results were outstanding! I couldn't be happier with this purchase. It's great to know that quality craftsmanship still exists. Thanks!

  • Kat on Jan 25, 2018

    5 out of 5 stars

    I purchased this as a gift and he loved it! It was just what he was looking for to hold all the "little things" I get him all the time so they're not stuffed in his pockets! I'm so glad he's happy with it!

  • Danny on Jul 8, 2019

    5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL pouches.. I have bought quite a number from Etsy but this is the most well made that I have personally used so far. Very sturdy and nice to the touch. The suede color is very rich. It is soft yet tough and very durable. Very luxurious feel. Seller is very flexible and great commmunication too. Highest recommendations!

  • Samantha on Dec 15, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Ordered the green dyed bag and I was a bit nervous as it is for my hubby, who is sometimes a bit picky and hard to buy for... But he needs a new dice bag for DnD and I thought it would make for a nice, smaller side gift at Christmas. Oh my goodness, I am blown away by the quality of this!!! It is gorgeous!!! I think he will actually really like it...And if he doesn't then forget him, I am keeping it for myself. I love it! Seems very sturdy, I totally expect this to last a good long time. Thank you for such a lovely item. Shipping was great, too!

  • Andi on Oct 19, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding, it exceeded all my expectations. It's a fantastic edition to larp, ren fairs, and every day! Love it.

About HammerThreadLeather

Sales 1,504
On Etsy since 2014

Discovering a Love of Making.

My journey with leatherwork started in 1991 at the Minnesota Renaissance Faire. My 14-year-old self spent the day wandering the faire with my family looking wide-eyed at the vast array of creativity and quality on display from the various crafters. I fixated on a pair of leather vambraces decorated with a stamped image of a celtic phoenix. With a little convincing (begging), my mother purchased them for me.

Years later, on the long drive home from the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, my mother and I enjoyed the experience so much that we decided to try having a shop of our own. I was studying jewelry and metals at the University of Northern Iowa, having discovered an affinity for making fine (shiny!) things. In 1999, we had our shop open for the first time at a tent faire in Osceola, IA. We had a handful of cloaks that my mother had sewn, and a haphazard array of leather goods I had assembled from some scraps and hardware pieces purchased from the local craft store. We sold them out of a nylon dining canopy from Wal-Mart.

Two decades later, Hammer and Thread Leatherwork sells at some of the largest and most reputable renaissance faires in the midwest, where our name has come to mean quality, durability, and elegance in design.

The original plan was that I would make leather wares until I could afford the tools for metalwork, but I found leatherwork too much to my liking. I’ve been a carny, a systems administrator, a graphic designer, a programmer, an IT Director, and a screen printer, but nothing has stuck with me as much as leatherwork. In May of 2019, I left all the others behind to make Hammer and Thread my full-time career.

(I did buy the metalworking tools. They sit quietly in a corner of my basement workshop in Des Moines, IA, poised and ready should I need them.)

Few materials can combine utilitarian ruggedness, beauty, and longevity the way that leather does. I strive for all of my designs to be as useful, attractive, and long-lasting as the materials from which they are made.

I will, from time to time, warn mothers who buy things from me for their sons what they may be starting. ;)

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  • Jerel Krueger


    Jerel Krueger has been making leather items for historical re-enactment and fantasy costuming since 1999.

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Last updated on Mar 24, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Any straps should be oiled a few times a year (1-3). Apply a moderate amount of neatsfoot oil to both sides of the strap, and allow to soak in overnight.

Oil-tan and latigo leathers should need very little care. On latigo leathers, a white, waxy residue will sometimes develop if the item has not been used in some time; this is just wax from the leather treatment coming to the surface, and can be wiped off with a clean, dry cloth.
Vegetable tanned leathers, such as in bracers or our corsets, should be oiled about once per year. Apply a light coating of neatsfoot oil to the top surface with a clean, dry cloth, and allow to soak in overnight.


We repair our own products, with cost for repair assessed on a case by case basis.

Any repair required in the first 90 days of purchase will be free of charge.

Wholesale availability

Wholesale pricing and bulk discounts may be available for some products. Please contact me for inquiries and details.

Custom and personalized orders

Custom orders are available when time allows.

Cost for minor customizations to existing products, such as a change of color, size, or hardware, will be assessed for additional material costs, plus a 20% customization fee.

Custom orders not based on existing products will be assessed on a case by case basis.