DIY – Painted Leather Sketchbook

8Want to know how to paint this pattern on the leather and make a stylish leather sketchbook?It’s easy for DIY lovers, just follow the directions and you will have one for your own.

Materials

blue Scotch painter’s tape

X-Acto knife

pen

15 pages of Arches cover watercolor paper (cold pressed) 6″ x 9″

2 nickel-plated Chicago screws

paper punch

natural unfinished leather, 20″ x 7″

 

For Dyeing:

Eco Flo leather dye

water

sponge

wool for burnishing

latex gloves

 

For Finishing:

Sennelier gold shellac ink

Eco Flo acrylic leather finish

ink pen

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Instructions

  1. Cover the entire piece of leather with Blue Scotch painter’s tape and draw your pattern on top with a pen.
  2. Cut away tape with an X-Acto knife to reveal a honeycomb pattern. Don’t worry about making the shapes exact; subtle imperfections give the pattern a lovely organic quality.345
  3. Mix one part water to one part dye. Put on latex gloves. Apply dye to sponge and press dye into the pattern, rubbing in a circular motion. Let dry for about 10–15 minutes.  6
  4. Gently peel the tape away to reveal the pattern. I chose to go back into my pattern with my ink pen for a pretty glow. Once dry, use a clean sponge to apply acrylic leather finish — be sure to wear gloves for this step. This will seal the entire surface.
  5. Cut down the watercolor paper to fit inside the book. Cut so that it is 1/2 inch smaller than the leather on each side. Punch the back of the leather and 1/2″ in from the binding in two places. Insert Chicago screws and tighten with screwdriver.7

You’re done!

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Leather Cup Jacket

1There’s something infinitely comfortable and classic about Kerr jars. Their look is timeless, they are easy to find and they are wonderfully replaceable when I fumble and drop one on the kitchen floor. However, a no-handle glass cup is definitely not the way to cradle a hot drink. Using some simple leather working skills and a few new tools, you can make a great insulator jacket.

Materials

leather scrap (I used 11oz bridle leather)

waxed cord thread

half-pint mason jars

Tools

rotary knife

cutting mat

metal ruler

leather needle

leather hole punch

leather edger

Over-stitch marker

stitch groover

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Instructions

  1. First cut some leather rectangles to create the wrap. These jars are mostly straight cylinders, so don’t worry about any curvatures. If you’re using a different shaped cup, you can adjust the pattern. Cut your leather to a 2 1/4″ x 8 7/8″ rectangle.3
  2. Using a tool called an edger, you can round the hard edge of the leather. It’s a simple tool to use — just push it against the edge of the leather, and it will trim the corner. I edged the top and bottom, just on the front side.4
  3. For a decorative element, I used a stitch groover to cut small channels into the leather. It has an adjustment guide on it, so you can set it to different depths and make multiple parallel grooves. This is normally used to sink your stitches, but left open, it creates a nice contrast design in the leather.5
  4. Once your pieces are edged and designs have been cut, it’s time to punch holes for sewing. I used another tool, called a stitch spacer, to make perfectly spaced marks for punching holes. Make sure you start your spacing at the same place on each side so your holes align, and use a straight-edge or ruler to keep the line straight to the edges. Then with your hole punch, create holes along the stitch marks.6 7
  5. The last step is stitching. I knotted an end, started at the bottom and fully laced the seam once. Once completed, I laced back down the seam again for a strong doubled stitch. At the end, I pulled the remaining thread up through the underside of the stitch. The cord is so waxy that it will hold itself in place.8

You can certainly experiment with the design on the sleeve and the stitch patterns. Maybe try stamping patterns into the leather using tools or stamps or even something like a rock to create interesting patterns and textures. There are many ways to customize it.9

DIY – Leather Lunch Tote

1Today I’ll share you a fun DIY project of leather lunch tote. It may be a great choice to bring some healthy food with a cool lunch tote. Maybe you are not often bring lunch as work but it will also be nice to practice your hand sewing and to make something interesting.2

Before starting, print out the template on your printer using the “tile” function and tape it together to 100% scale. The one shown in the pic was an earlier version before I decided to cut the flaps separately. You can cut this from one piece of leather, but there’s more waste with the voids than with making separate flaps. If you modify this for your own project, maybe it’s smart to use one piece? That’s where this experiment can get really fun.3

Materials

6–7 oz. weight stiff leather

heavy waxed thread

Tools

leather punches — #5 and #00

leather sewing needles

contact cement

rotary knife

ruler

stitching spacer

Instructions

  1. Cut your leather pieces and trim any frayed edges to a smooth cut. I’m using leather that is 6 to 7 oz. thick, and you’ll need something stiff to provide strength for the handle. If you want to use thinner leather, try cutting an additional handle from the template and sew those two pieces together for more stiffness.4 5
  2. Take each of your interior flaps and prepare to mark your sewing holes. Using your stitching spacer and a ruler or straight edge, mark your holes. Use a stitching spacer with a large void, as we’ll be using thick thread, and a long stitch works best.6
  3. Glue the flaps aiming inward to your main piece with contact cement. Use only a strip under where the stitching will go so your pieces stay aligned when punching holes and sewing.7 8
  4. Once the glued pieces have set up, you can start punching holes for sewing. I’m using a punch, but you can use an awl instead. Punch holes according to the spacing marks through both pieces of glued leather. While you’re at it, pinch the handle-receiver end together and also the flap ends and punch some sewing holes through both layers there, too. You can freehand them, but try to maintain the stitch spacing you’ve been using.9 10
  5. The final step is to hand-sew your pieces with two needles and thick waxed thread. Using the two-needle method and backstitching on your ends will give you a sturdy, long-lasting seam.11

 

DIY:Leather Organizer

Leather-Organizer-1Leather has become one of my favorite materials with which to work. Even though tracking it down can feel like a pain (although I’ve shared some tips below), working with leather is sort of a dream. It’s super durable. It has many of the creative flexibilities of fabric but…no fraying! And the textures are amazing. While this directions creates a practical storage system for mail and notes, its real value is in its showcase of three lovely leather textures and colors.

MATERIALS:
-wood plank
-leather
-brass nails/escutcheon pins

TOOLS:
-utility knife
-ruler
-cutting surface
-pliers
-hammer

2My wood plank is a 1×8 cut down to 20″. If woodworking isn’t your thing, the hardware store will happily cut it down for you. If you need leather, Etsy is a wonderful place to source samples and scraps for small craft projects like this one. The brass nails/escutcheon pins are an easy find in the hardware aisle of your local hardware store.

Directions:

  1. Depending on the size of your plank and leather, you may need to cut your leather to size using a utility knife, ruler, and cutting surface. My plank is about 7.25″ wide, so I cut my leather to 6.5″ wide by 10″ tall.3
  2. Begin to attach the storage pockets to the wood by laying the first piece of leather face down an inch or so from the top edge of the plank. Hammer a brass nail into place at the top center of the leather. To avoid smashing your fingers, hold the nail in place with a set of pliers.45
  3. Fold the leather in half, and secure each of the top corners with nails.6
  4. Repeat with the other two pieces of leather ensuring to evenly space the pockets.7 8

DIY Leather Bow Belt

Have nothing ideas about gifts? Today I’ll share you a DIY gift tutorials of leather bow belt. Suitable for DIY starters , pretty easy and low-cost. Make and Give!8

So we’re starting with something that would be perfect for your sister or best friend (or a kiddo, if you want to make it in a mini size!). We’re getting all kinds of fancy and making a leather belt. Boom. You’ll need:

       leather strip 30″ long and 1/2″ wide

        leather scrap 6″ long and 1/2″ wide

        leather scrap 2 1/2″ long and 1/4″ wide

        scissors

        leather punch

        screw-back button stud

        strong thread & needle (and thimble, if you wish)1

FYI, definitely see if you have a leather store nearby and check in their scrap section. They gave me my leather for free and I bought the hardware, which was my only cost. I had the leather punch and sewing materials at home.

Start by trimming your leather to the specified sizes. Keep in mind that these measurements are the ones I used for myself — I wear a size 8 (Gasp! I told you!) and a small top, and this belt fits comfortably around my waist. You may need to alter the length, but no other measurements will need to change.

Once your long piece is trimmed, punch a hole on one end large enough for the button stud to fit through. On the other end, punch a small hole and attach the button stud.

Sew the 6″ piece into a bow by folding both ends in toward the center and securing. Sew the remaining piece into a loop.2 3 4 5 6

Insert the bow and the belt through the small loop and arrange the bow so that it hides the button stud when it’s fastened. The small loop should keep the bow taut in place.7

DIY – Sling Magazine Rack

Have you ever met a clutter problem? Have piles of magazines but don’t know where to put them? Today, I’ll give you a guide about how to make a sling magazine rack.

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Materials

5/8″ wide hardwood dowel

1 x 2 hardwood board

leather straps

heavy waxed thread

1.5″ x 2″ brass rectangular rings from tack/saddle supply shop

 

Tools

saw

drill press

drill

leather hole punch or awl

leather needle

 

Instructions

  1. Cut your wood pieces first. Grab the 1 x 2 and cut four 15 inch pieces. Cut two dowel pieces to 14 inches.2
  2. Using the drill press and a 5/8 inch Forstner bit, drill holes for the dowels. Measure the centers and 1 inch from the end of each 1 x 2 piece and drill a 5/8 inch wide hole that’s 1/2 inch deep to accept the dowel.3
  3. Pair up your 1 x 2 pieces and using a 1 inch screw, secure them together at 7 inches from the bottom. This will ensure that they pivot at the right place, but the brass rectangle will carry all the load. Go ahead and test-assemble everything — slide the rings into place and open the legs until they stop against the rings. Hand-tighten the dowels into place, as well.45 6
  4. Once assembled, draw a line on the feet to indicate where the legs need to be cut flush to the ground. This can be done by using a board that will rest on level ground and tracing the horizontal. Then disassemble and cut to the line using your miter saw.7
  5. Next, cut your leather strap pieces to 24 inch lengths. I used six pieces. On each end, punch four holes: two close to the end, and two about 2 inches in. You can wrap a piece around your dowel and judge how close you want to punch your holes. After punching holes, I ran some waxed thread though three or four times, tied it toward the back with a square knot and cut the ends.8
  6. After sewing up all your straps, slide them onto the dowel pieces, spacing them evenly. Lay them nice-side down so they will be seen from the outside. Reassemble everything and fill with magazines!9 10

 

DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike

diy-bike-pannier-bags-8-800x1200diy-bike-pannier-bags-9-800x1200If you’d like to ride a bicycle, you may think this DIY bags very useful. The bags are super functional and sturdy, and you can use them at the beach or anywhere. Let’s make ’em!diy-bike-pannier-bags-6-800x1200

Materials

2 bags – any bag from a sturdy material will work
2 wood squares that will fit inside and against the back of your bag
canopy tarp ties
plastic hooks
screws(2 packs of 8 – this package will come with the nuts you need as well)
flat washers
awl
hammer
crescent wrench
phillips screwdriver
scissors
drill with 1/8″ drill bit

Make Time: 1 Hour

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Step 1: Drill three holes in each wood square — two on either edge of one side, and one at the bottom center of the opposite side.

Step 2: Insert the wood square either into the back inside pocket of your bag (if it has a back pocket), or hold it against the inside back of the bag. Use an awl to poke from inside the bag, through each hole in the wood, and through the outside of the bag. Be sure to keep the wood in place while you are making your holes so that they are all aligned. Remove the wood and use the awl to enlarge the holes so that they’re large enough to slip a screw through.

Step 3: For each of the three holes, slip a screw through a plastic hook. Put the wood back in the bag aligned with the holes. Entering from the outside of the bag, insert a screw through the first hole. The hook will remain on the outside of the bag. Insert the screw until it pierces both the bag and the wood. On the open end of the screw, place a washer and a nut. Tighten the nut using the screwdriver and wrench. Repeat for all holes in each bag. The top two hooks will be placed with the rounded hook portion on top, and the bottom hook will have the rounded portion on the bottom.

Step 4: Use a hammer to break away the orange ball on two of your bungee tarp ties.

Step 5: Affix the bags to your bike! The top two hooks go over the top of the rack. Then hook a bungee around the bottom hook, down and through the bottom hole in the rack, back up and onto the same hook. Your bags are done!

Step 6: If you want to make a bonus towel holder, read on. Cut off the straps from one of the purses.

Step 7: Cut two 11″ sections from the strap, trying not to include any buckles or holes.

Step 8: Use the awl to puncture a hole on either end of each strap, approximately 3/4″ from the end.

Step 9: Use the same technique from Step 3 to affix a hook into each hole.

Step 10: Roll and place your towel on top of the back rack. Hook one strap over each end of the towel. You’re ready to roll!

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Maybe one of the coolest things about the project is that with the bag that still has its strap, you can tuck the strap inside while you travel and then unhook the bag and use it as a purse too! Just pull the strap out and tuck the bungee cord inside while you’re walking around. Then you can reattach it when you’re ready to roll. This was such a fun one to make (and use!), hope you try it out.

DIY Stamped Leather Tie Clip

clipToday, I want to share an easy DIY course of stamped leather tie clip. Read the following and you’ll find it is really quick and simple.leather tools

If you want to make one of these beauts for your man friend, you’ll need:

a tiny bit of thick leather

craft knife

a blank tie clip (you should be able to find them for about $1 at your craft store

strong glue

a letter and number punch set

a hammer

leather cuttingStart by cutting your leather to the size and shape of your tie clip. Next, choose a word or phrase to stamp on your leather and stamp it in using the metal punch set and a hammer. We experimented with a few choice words.

finish leather clipFinally, glue the leather piece onto the tie clip, ensuring that it’ll be right-side-up when the tie clip is attached to the right side of the tie.