Monday, October 28, 2013

((handmade monday)) leather wallet DIY for the fellas

I've always wanted to work with leather, but always got distracted with something else. Another project, a headband line, a dress for myself instead, etc. I recently bought a leather hide, some leather needles, and wanted to make Chase a wallet that also held his iphone. I got to it and it was so easy! Here's an easy peasy tutorial that would be great for a Christmas or birthday gift for your man. 

Supplies You'll Need:
Rotary Cutter & Mat
Leather Needles
Sewing Machine
Step one: Cut two pieces of leather using a rotary cutter
((Piece one)) 9 inches by 3.25 inches and then angle the top about an inch and a half
((Piece two)) 10.5 by 3.25 inches

Step two:
Stack pieces and sew the bottom edge
Step three: Sew the top piece onto the long piece up both sides

Step four: Fold in half and sew the sides all the way, going on top of the other holes that the sewing machine made into the leather. Go slow as you sew through these thick layers! 

Step five: Trim your threads and "clean up" the edges with the rotary cutter. 


Options and tips:
-Use sturdy felt in a fun color if you want to make one for yourself
((I almost got a metallic gold hide - how cool would that have been?))
-Go nice and slow while sewing with leather and make sure you have leather needles
-A strong thread will hold up better. 


  1. ooh now i know what to do with all my leftover leather! :)

  2. I love this! I've always seen leather in different craft and fabric places but have ever known what I'd do with it. We're trying to give ourselves a modest Christmas budget this year and this would be perfect to make my husband. Thanks for the idea! It's awesome.

  3. This is awesome! I might have to make one for my husband! I've linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip:

  4. the one we got for my husband from Israel just started to rip may have to try this out. thanks!

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  6. I love this post! I've been curious about make something out of leather as well, and this has definitely given me more motivation. Where do you suggest the best place is to buy the leather? Thanks and great post!

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  7. I love this, definitely will give it a try! What first caught my eye was the Ozo card. It's one of my favorite coffee shops!

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