DIY Leather Bowl

by Alicia on March 24, 2011

Yes, yes – more leather!

Earlier this week I ran across this felt bowl at Supermarket – isn’t it cool? I’ve always wanted to work with thick, industrial felt but have yet to buy any. (It’s more expensive than I’d like…)

But I do have lots of leather. This is scrap suede purchased from Hobby Lobby for 2.99/bag.

At first I thought I’d make a pattern out of paper, but that wasn’t going anywhere and I started to get frustrated.

I just wanted a natural, organic shape anyway so I decided to just begin. Most of my leather pieces were in triangle-ish shapes with long, skinny ends so I clipped those off. You never know what you’ll find in the scrap bags, so just play around.

I used a box of binder clips to hold the 4 pieces of leather together while I worked the general shape into a shallow bowl.

When I was happy with it I went around and used my hole punch to make holes where I wanted to add rivets.

Then I inserted and set the rivets. (If you’ve never riveted something don’t be afraid because it’s easy! See here.) And that’s it! I love the simple look, natural materials and low cost of this bowl.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Lia March 25, 2011 at 10:16 am

This is fabulous!! I love it!


alicia March 28, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Thanks Lia :)


anastasia April 9, 2012 at 9:57 pm

what sort of rivets are these? looking to hit lowe’s and sending the husband with a list. he wants specificity. :D


anastasia April 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

May I ask what sort of rivets are these? My honey is going to Lowe’s for me, and wants specificity. :D


alicia April 10, 2012 at 8:56 am

I don’t know if you can buy them at Lowe’s, I buy them from Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or Tandy Leather! Here’s a link with more info:


Jessica June 16, 2012 at 9:56 am

Luv it!


Samantha January 4, 2013 at 8:21 am

Very artsy.


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