DIY Leather Business Card Wallet

by Alicia on March 8, 2011

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!

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Olya January 8, 2012 at 12:44 am

This is an awesome wallet Alicia! :) I really wanna make one but I went to Joanns today and didn’t find the type of vinyl or whatever that Id imagine it to be. like its seems too thin. What is this that you used and where can I find it? I want this kind of color preferably. And vinyl/leather. Can you please give me that information??
Thanks! Olga

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Alicia January 8, 2012 at 9:47 am

Hi Olya, thanks! This leather is from Tandy Leather Factory- you can find out if there’s a store near you here: http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com. It was called platinum when I bought it, but I bought a large quantity so I’m not sure you’d be able to find a small piece there. At craft stores like Michael’s or Hobby Lobby you can often find a variety of 9×12 pieces of leather in the leather craft area, but I’ve never seen this color. I used one of the ‘premium’ (thicker) pieces to make another version of this card holder here: http://www.dismountcreative.com/diy-studded-leather-card-case
Hope this helps!

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Bénédicte Schmitz March 28, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Hello, i’ve been very inspired, and you can see on my plog what i did.
Thanks !

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fungal skin infection August 14, 2013 at 3:49 am

This is a topic that is close to my heart…
Thank you! Exactly where are your contact details though?

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Jenny March 9, 2014 at 1:50 am

Thank you for this wonderful idea

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