I frequent Michaels for small items as well and just to add to your point, make sure you search for coupons before you buy there. Michaels has a tendency to over charge for their regular priced items, but +/- 50% off coupons frequently come out. As an example, my local Michaels sells small cans of Varathane stain for just under $20 a can…...I bought the leather I used for my own hammer at Michael s craft store. I tripled it up to get the thickness I needed. Used gorilla glue to attach it.
- Kaleb the Swede
Of course….. Sometimes its so easy to over look the most simplest of options. You might even be able to get an entire leather jacket at a Goodwill for the price of a small strip anywhere else.Depending on how big the mallet heads are, look for wide leather belts at goodwill. I remember years ago finding a white leather belt that was almost 3" wide. I used it to make a wide neck-strap for a saxophone. Only cost me a buck.