~High-Qualtiy, Hand-Crafted Leatherwork~

Chicago, Illinois 424 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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~High-Qualtiy, Hand-Crafted Leatherwork~

Chicago, Illinois | 424 Sales

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Suzanne Maple

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Suzanne Maple

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Last updated on Aug 1, 2019

I will be revamping my entire Etsy listings within the next week. Look for all new products!!!


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Ever since I got into LARPing, I have been an avid artisan, creating various leatherwork pieces.

Most of my designs are inspired by the wonderful LARPing stories that are told, as well as some pop-culture influences.

All of my leatherwork is made right here in the US (Chicagoland area) from high quality leathers with each piece being hand crafted. NO SEWING MACHINE IS USED AT ALL!!! (I throw those out windows....lol)

Besides Etsy, you can catch the Dragon roaming around the Midwest at various conventions such as MFF, Anime Midwest, and other popular pop-culture-themed cons. In addition, Saar, the Dragon God of Potatoes, can be found at various LARP events with all leather wears for sale.

Oh, the reason I call myself DaSueDragon 'Designs' is because I don't just make leather or fleece hats, I 'design' everything myself. Patterns, layouts, engineering feats unknown to man with leather until now....it's all part of the job!


My business started when I was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in my left foot (aka. Cancer). This caused me to lose my job as a computer programmer (yes of all things) and forced me to start looking for more work. Unable to find work right away, I realized I needed to go back to school, but that wasn't going to bring me any money. In fact, that was going to do the opposite.

Instead, I decided to take a grand leap and try to figure out my "thing". I grew up being taught woodworking by two master builders, hand stitching by both my mother and Nana, painting, drawing, carving, origami, you name it! But I had never settled on one particular craft. Then it hit me........What takes and combines all of those skills in order to make artwork? LEATHERWORK!

Having never tried it before, I dove right in with my first project: Link's Cap. It was treacherous, but I was able to work through all of the ups and downs to finally put the piece together. From there I needed to think big: become a business and sell sell sell!!!

So I came up with a couple of ideas and designs of my own and grew my shop from there. I started with selling my fleece hat designs, which had been successful with my friends in the past, and eventually moved towards leather designs. My first, and most successful design, as thus far been the trademarked "Snakelets" that I sell.

With a shop came a workshop. My workshop is called "The Magic Kingdom." The workshop is named after my Pops' old woodworking shop, to which he spent 20+ years of his retirements working on the most beautiful woodworking pieces and teaching me everything he knows. His collection of tools and equipment was vast and unending, to which now has become my goal to be able to fill a 2500 sq ft basement, like he did, one day. Until that time, I have utilized what I could, acquired the best tools and equipment for my art, and improvised innovative solutions to keep on the path that is continuous improvement to my art.

I never gave up, kept moving forward, overcame the cancer, and eventually grew my business to what it is today.

QUICK NOTE: I want to thank everybody that supported me through the rough times in getting started with the business, supporting the business, helping me find a new job and helping me overcome the cancer. Without all of you awesome friends, I would not be where I am today!

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    Not much to say about myself, other than I am a Dragon, I love to make leather works of art, and I am a HUGE Zelda fan!

Shop policies

Last updated on October 9, 2017
Thanks for choosing DaSueDragon Designs!! I'm here to make safe, fun, and creative works of art for all to enjoy.

Mainly, my leather and prop work is said to be considered child-safe and is quite durable. Meant to be beaten and worn, my props are made to be accepted into ANY convention and to be used for fun and play. Not so much a "wall-hanger" as it's something to pick up and wack your friend with. :)

For those who are concerned about safety regulations and import rules on leather working: I do not use any oil-based dyes in my product. All of my products are made with water-based dyes, which are to the California standards for all leather products being brought into the state. Not only does it follow the rules, but it is non-toxic and creates such wonderful watercolor-like patterns in the leather.

As for my customs, the smaller the better! Custom modification or painting is one of my favorite things to do so feel free to leave me any suggestions on new things to paint and create!

Please visit my Facebook page, Tumblr, YouTube, and my website for more cools stuff and if you like anything, feel free to contact me on those sites and I can make something for you!!!


Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges and cancellations
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 60 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 24 hours of purchase
I don't accept returns
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
If you do not pay, you do NOT get the product!! I will wait for one week for a payment and if I have not received anything then I will not ship. My 1-3 days for processing STARTS when you have paid me.


I ship USPS Priority Flat Rate from the Chicagoland area ALWAYS (Holiday or not)!

Each item I create is HAND CRAFTED and MADE-TO-ORDER, thus I do NOT do any rush orders!


If you are looking for a product that is NOT Large Armor or the Masks, the fastest turnover time to ensure that you'll receive the product before the holiday in question is 2 weeks. If you order 2 weeks or more before the sed holiday, I will guarantee that I get my product out in time for the estimated shipping time to arrive before or on the holiday in question.


Also, any items ordered closer than 2 weeks out to a holiday I CANNOT guarantee it's completion or arrival for the holidays. I will do my best, but again, I cannot guarentee anything. FOR SURE, I CANNOT DO ANY LARGER ORDERS OR LARGER ITEMS IN TIME FOR A HOLIDAY WITHOUT AT LEAST A MONTH'S NOTICE!

Check my announcements for exact dates to order by for the holidays to ensure you get your product made on time.
Additional policies and FAQs

What do you make?

I make custom leather work and prop creations for LARPing customers and cos-players.

What materials do you use?

Normally, I use a 1-2 oz super-oily leather for my bags and other small items. For most other items, I use a heavier, top-quality 5-6oz leather for my tool work and other items. Armor is usually between 12-14oz (to Belegarth and Dag standards). Most of the animals I work with are cow, deer, sheep, pig. I try to avoid anything unusual and I do NOT work with exotics.

Many have also asked if I will actually work with snake skin. The answer is no. I have 4 wonderful ball pythons at home and I don't think they would appreciate it much if I were working on a piece that consisted of real snake skin.

Can you paint/tool custom images?

I can paint/tool custom images as long as they are within reason to create. I reserve the right to refuse anything that is deemed not within reason or that may violate any laws.

What about custom orders?

Yes, I do fulfill custom orders as long as they are within my capabilities. I reserve the right to refuse anything not within my capabilities, but I will surely try to meet your standards.

How big of a cosplay prop are you willing to make?

If you can pay for the extremely unreasonable shipping prices USPS puts on it's oddly-shaped packages and if I can find the cardboard, and if it's within the limitations of whatever convention you are going to bring it to, I can probably ship it, but again everything depends.


If you have been referred either by myself or someone else, mention it to me when you order along with the LOCATION/EVENT you were referred to at OR the name of the person who referred me. I do often reward anyone who refers someone or who is a returning customer with discounts or complementary shipping. I thank you for your patronage and for helping me spread the word about my business.

More information

Last updated on Jun 14, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

YES! I will do custom orders/requests. I always am open for a good challenge. Please read my policies about my custom orders before messaging me.

For snakelets: I have a custom listing for any custom orders wanting to be placed.