DIY – Leather Mail Basket

1Spontaneous piles seem to form around my house. Mail is probably the most often piled culprit. Why worry about opening mail and filing it when you can stack it up for a week? If you feel the same but are looking for a way to appease the neat freaks in your life, why not make a cool-looking basket for it?
Materials

  • 5/8″ wide hardwood dowel
  • 1 x 2 hardwood board
  • leather straps
  • heavy waxed thread
  • tacks

Tools

  • saw
  • drill press
  • pocket screw jig
  • drill
  • tack hammer
  • leather hole punch or awl
  • heavy waxed thread
  • leather needle

Instructions

  1. Cut your wood pieces first. Grab the 1 x 2 and cut a 12″ piece and two 6″ pieces. Cut a dowel piece to 12 1/2″.2
  2. Time to drill holes: Measure the centers and 3/4″ from the front end of the 6″ pieces, and drill a 5/8″ wide hole that’s 1/2″ deep to accept the dowel. Drill your pocket holes on the ends of the 12″ back piece.3 4
  3. Cut your leather strap piece to 11″ lengths. I used six pieces. On one end, punch four holes — two close to the end, and two about 2″ 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.5
  4. After sewing up all your straps, assemble them to the dowel piece, spacing them evenly, and then you can tack them to the back board. Lay them nice-side down and nail some tacks to the top edge. Make sure to nail them near the top so you can lift them up to screw the frame to the wall and so your screws will be hidden underneath.6
  5. Lastly, we’re ready to assemble the frame. Attach one side piece using pocket screws in the pocket holes you drilled earlier. Insert the dowel to the attached side, then screw together the other side piece. You might need to tap the dowel with a mallet and ensure that it’s squared with the back piece. After assembly, you can attach it to the wall simply by drilling through the back — the screws will be hidden if you center them under a couple straps.7

DIY Leather Staining Coaster

1Today I’ll share you an interesting DIY project about leather staining coaster. Try to start playing with dye in a spray bottle, and it will make you intrigued. The results will look really cool.

Small bottles of dye are somewhat inexpensive, mini spray bottles are about $2 and a scrap of natural leather is quite cheap. All of these items can be found online or at your local Tandy Leather store. Here’s my example, but use this lesson as a start to experiment even further. Go with more solid coverage, try stripes, paint the dye with a brush, tie-dye thinner leathers . . . there are lots of possibilities.2

Materials

  • Vegetable Tanned Tooling Leather, 8–10 oz. weight
  • Fiebing’s Acrylic Leather Dye (or Eco-Flo Dye)
  • Fiebing’s Tan Kote

 

Tools

  • knife or leather shears
  • rags or paper towels
  • 2 oz. mini spray bottles
  • butcher paper

 

Instructions

  1. Prepare your dye bottles by pouring just a little dye into each and adding a little water. I usually mix one part dye to three parts water. Cap each and shake. Lay out some butcher paper to keep your area clean since you’ll be spraying dye everywhere!3
  2. Cut a piece of leather to use as a mask, and some shapes, as well. Practice your dye technique by spraying an edge, moving the mask, spraying another color and so on. It works best to spray lightly, as you can always add dye to get more solid coverage.4
  3. Experiment with your masks and sprays to cover a whole piece of leather with designs and color. Acrylic dye should be dry to the touch in about 30 minutes, but feel free to let it cure longer before adding the finishing top coat.5
  4. Use Fiebing’s Tan Kote to seal the surface and protect the dye from rubbing off. Apply with a small cloth or dauber and let dry for about an hour.6
  5. Once dry, you can cut out coasters by tracing a shape with a pencil and cutting with shears or a knife. Now you’re ready to start protecting your coffee tables!7 8

Leather Envelope Phone Case

1This DIY is super easy, the combination of basic materials and a printable template means even a novice crafter can produce this chic, simple phone case for themselves or as a gift in no time.2

Materials

leather

top-stitching thread

scissors

stitching awl

e6000 glue

needle

tape

cell phone case pattern

Instructions

  1. Print out cell phone case pattern. Lay onto leather, tape in place. Use stitching awl to poke holes as marked on the pattern.3
  2. Cut out pattern.4
  3. Hand stitch in and out around the leather through the poked holes (will create a dashed line effect, see photo).5
  4. Then, hand stitch in the same manner to fill in the unstitched areas. Be sure to overlap about 3 stitches to keep the stitches secure. 6
  5. Fold over the left and right triangle flaps. Sew together, making sure the 4 poked holes are aligned.7
  6. Add e6000 glue to the bottom flap, tuck inside, and glue in place.8
  7. Hold for a few seconds to allow the glue to set in.9

You’re done!10