I love working with leather and exploring ways to decorate it. Here I chose the technique of batik, using wax and dye, to make a colourful leather wallet.


Vegetable tanned leather, 1 to 2mm thick is suitable (14 x 8 in.)

Waxed thread

Sam brown stud


Sewing awl and needle to make lock stitches

Revolving punch pliers to punch holes

Utility knife

Self-healing mat

Metal ruler for cutting straight

Grooving tool to create a channel into which the stitches are set, thereby protecting them from wear and use

Edge Slicker to burnish and smooth the edges of cut leather

Stitch Marker to mark stitches evenly or use a measuring tape instead


Water based leather dyes, I used ochre, brick red, cranberry and blue (Identity store water based leather dyes)

Pieces of sheep’s wool, stiff paint brushes in different sizes

Batik wax, soy wax is best

Wax melting pot to maintain the wax at the right temperature during the batik session or use a double boiler (with caution, don’t let the wax boil or smoke, and don’t leave it unwatched!)

Beeswax leather finish

Step 1: Cutting the Pattern

Draw the pattern on thin cardboard according to the measurements given in the diagram. Place the pattern pieces on the rough side of the leather as close together as possible and draw around them.

Cut out all the pieces with the utility knife and the metal ruler. The two little rectangular pieces at the bottom are used to give volume to the interior pocket.

<p>This is very beautiful and original! I want one, please :)</p>
<p>where would you get these dyes, and what are their range of prices, I'm thinking I'm going to make one of these for my sister</p>
<p>you get these dyes here </p><p>http://www.theidentitystore.co.uk/products.asp?SubCatID=183, they are 5.95 &pound; for 125ml, they last for a long time. </p>
<p>thank you! The work you've done on this wallet is amazing!</p>
<p>The dyes I used (Identity store water based dyes) stay bright and don't fade over time. The only leather finish I use is a 100% natural beeswax. </p>
<p>Your photos are beautiful. Do the bold colors hold well on their own or do you need to seal it to keep it from fading?</p>
<p>Beautiful. Do you sell?</p>
<p>I'm happy you like it. I'm not selling, but might do in the future. I'm about to publish an e-book on sandal making though, if you are interested check my blog www.secondskinblog.com. </p>
<p>I never thought of using batik on leather, really nice results.</p>
<p>Beautiful work! Good photo's as well.</p>
<p>I love the colours! Great job!</p>
<p>Excellent! The dying techniques you used look fantastic. Going to have to try that sometime. Thanks! :)</p>

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