DIY Leather Wallet // Becky Stern

DIY Leather Wallet // Becky Stern


Welcome back! Today I’m going to make a leather wallet with
custom etched detailing. My first step was to create a paper pattern,
so I drew it out to fit some cash and cards. It consists of two main body pieces and two
card pocket pieces. The outer layer has to be slightly longer
than the inner piece in order to fold up together evenly. I used a thick ruler and sharp rotary cutter
to divvy up my leather, but you could also use a utility knife or a pair of shears. I had this piece of leather left over from
last summer’s solar engraving project, and luckily my pattern fit around the engraving
really well. You can check out my video about the process
by clicking the card in the corner or the link in the description, and it’s part of
my free Solar class on Instructables. While you’re over there, check out Mikaela’s
leatherworking class, which is how I learned the skills for this project. You could also laser-engrave your leather,
or use a woodburning tool or hot metal stamp to scorch in a design. I used a skivver to shave down the edges on
the pieces to be layered together, so they’d be easier to sew. Then I used some double stick tape to attach
the card pockets to the interior body piece. I had bought a simple starter kit for leatherworking,
which came with both of these groove cutters, though I’m pretty sure I didn’t need to use
both on the same line here. The groove creates a line that’s easy to follow
along with the stitching chisel to create holes for sewing. I cut two long lengths of waxed thread, and
use two needles at a time to saddle stitch along the open edges of the wallet first. I don’t have a stitching pony so I just used
my helping hands tool to hold my work in place. If your needle is stubborn or your hands get
tired, you can use a pair of pliers to pull on the needle. Then I taped and made holes in the short ends. I picked up the same long strings to sew down
the sides and across the bottom edge of the wallet, meeting in the middle. I doubled up on the stitches that span the
start of the card pockets for reinforcement, and pulled the strings to the inside of the
wallet for hiding a square knot. A bit of E6000 adhesive secures the knots
in place, and I let it dry overnight before trimming the tails. To form the thick leather to keep the fold,
I added some cards and cash and then clamped the wallet in between some cardboard with
big binder clips. This is one of my first leatherworking projects,
and I really enjoyed the process and look forward to making more projects with leather
in the future. If you like this project, please give this
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21 thoughts on “DIY Leather Wallet // Becky Stern

  1. Neat video! Leatherworking is fun, right? I find it almost meditative when I'm sewing along a seam. And you've reminded me I haven't tried the solar engraving yet!

  2. Nicely done. I was thinking of a Father's Day project I could make and this is going on the list of possible projects I can do between now and then. Really great work Becky.

  3. Hi, we found you through the "I Like To Make Stuff" camera stabilizer video. We have a young channel, and wanted to get some tips to help make our filming go easier. We really like your style, and subscribed right away. This is a great project, and looking forward to new videos.

  4. Great work…. I'm sure you could sell those easily…. Then you'd have to make another one to stuff it with cash.

  5. Great project Becky! I think I'm going to use your advice and build a leather case that holds all of my plans I sketch up, so thank you!

  6. I just found you via WinterGatan (although recognise you from elsewhere online).
    As it happens I have just bought a new mobile phone and have been looking at buying or printing a belt clip to hold it.
    This video made me think I could make one in leather, so my suggestion for a leatherwork video would be ideas on how to securely attach a belt clip (I don't want the phone to fall off my belt).

  7. Thatโ€™s really cool and is very well done. Iโ€™d like to make a tool bag for my motorcycle that hangs on the front forks, underneath the headlight. Iโ€™ve never worked with leather before, but your video makes it look a lot less intimidating than I initially thought. Iโ€™m definitely going to try and copy your wallet first

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