Last week I came home with a large piece of leather and only a few ideas of what I was going to do with it. And then over the weekend I had the best idea- business card wallets I could make and customize with the Texas Style Council Conference attendees! I came up with a few different designs, but this is one of my favorites.
Click here to see the full instruction and download the pattern for this intro for this simple & stylish project.
The best part is that you don’t need a huge piece of leather to make this wallet- a simple 8×10 or 8.5×11 piece like they sell at Michaels or Hobby Lobby will work fine. You can also recycle leather from an old bag or jacket that you might find at your local thrift store. Or, if you don’t wear leather, use pleather!
You’ll also need leather cement which can be found at craft stores or online. If you’d like, you can also add rivets using a hole punch, rivets and rivet setter.
First, download the pattern here.
Trace the pattern onto your leather and cut it out. Then, fold up the inside flap 1 1/2 inches and run a light bead of leather cement along each side. Press firmly together and wipe off any excess glue before pressing under a book until dry.
You can call your wallet finished, or add the strap that secures the top flap when closed. To add the strap first punch a hole on each side about 5/8 inch from the bottom of the wallet and then punch holes on each end of the strap. Insert the rivet post from the bottom and add the cap on top. Using a rivet setter and a mallet, sharply strike the cap to set the rivet. (For more information check out this Tandy Leather graphic.)
Prop it up on a cactus for a picture and your finished! Just kidding A few final notes;
- If the leather is a little stringy/furry on the edges put a tiny amount of leather cement on your finger and run it around the edges for a cleaner look.
- I’ve found leather cement holds great – I also used it on my studded wallet – as long as it’s used on the suede size. It will not stick to the smooth outside.
- You can add more rivets to the side, or skip them all together.
- I’m also experimenting with using paint pens to draw geometric patterns on the outside of the leather and they work great.
If you make a wallet, let me know. I’d love to see it!