DIY LEATHER CARD WALLET

 
DIY Leather card wallet with free printable pattern. - clothstory.com

Leatherworking series part 4. Check out part 1, part 2 + part 3.

Today I thought it would be fun to make a quick and easy leather card wallet. You can practice your new saddle-stitching skills and also have something beautifully handmade to use at the end. Win win!

I absolutely love mine because it's just so convenient for quick trips to...basically anywhere. I grab it out of my purse, slip it in my back pocket, and I'm all set to go. That way, I have all of my important cards with me and I don't have to carry around a purse filled with unnecessary things. Another win. I like to keep things simple.

This leather card wallet can be cut and hand-sewn together in about an hour or so using the most basic tools. Make this wallet in a variety of colors and leather textures. Give them out as gifts or keep them for yourself :)

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern. - clothstory.com

TOOLS + SUPPLIES

  • Leather (4-5 oz)
  • Leather card wallet pattern
  • X-acto knife
  • Scissors
  • Thread clippers
  • Scotch tape
  • 1 prong diamond punch (optional)
  • Scratch awl
  • Poly cutting board
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • Poly mallet
  • Binder clips
  • Leather hand-sewing needles
  • Waxed thread
  • Stitching pony (optional)

(Helpful blog posts: Basic leatherworking tools + supplies, How to choose + where to buy leather)

DIY leather card wallet with a free printable pattern - clothstory.com

HOW TO

1. Download, print, and assemble the DIY leather card wallet PDF pattern. You can find it in the library.

Tip: Print the pattern out in card stock. Stiff paper makes it so much easier to trace.

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com

2. Trace the pattern onto the leather.

I went all the way around the pattern with my scratch awl.

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com

3. Using an X-acto knife, carefully cut the leather piece out.

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com

4. Using the diamond punch, gently mark the stitching holes. The little dots that you see on the pattern are the stitching holes.

Punch through the paper, but not all the way through the leather. Marking the stitching holes will serve as a guide in the next step.

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com

5. With the stitching holes marked, now you can punch all the way through the leather.

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com

6. Thread the leather hand-sewing needle.

Learn how to thread the needle here.

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com

7. Fold the corners up, while at the same time matching up the stitching holes. Hold the leather in place using binder clips, then saddle-stitch the seams together. Learn how to saddle-stitch here.

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com

Once you finish saddle-stitching all the seams together, this is what your wallet should look like.

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com

7. To flatten out the leather, gently tap the edges with the mallet. Do this as many times as you need to.

To get your wallet to fold nicely, fold your wallet in position, and gently tap the fold with the mallet as many times as you need to.

Voilá! You have yourself a simple, yet beautiful leather card wallet.

Share your finished project with me on Instagram by using the hashtag #clothstorycreative.

Stay tuned for part 5. I'll show you how to attach rivets, snaps + buttons to leather. It's gonna be another fun one. Join me!

DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com
DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com
DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com
DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com
DIY leather card wallet with free printable pattern - clothstory.com

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