The Buckskin Wallet - Buckskin is hide off of an animal that has it's natual fiber connections replaced with emulsified oils. This can be done by soaking the clean hide in a variety of thing ranging from brains, eggs, soap, different types of plants, oils, etc. etc. I have already completed the bucking process and now have some material to work with. So lets make a wallet!
Disclaimer - I got alot of help from the leather wallet tutorial also listed on this site. I decided to go with the tri-fold style wallet were there's is a bi-fold. If you are seriously thinking of making this. I would check out this other tutorial too. https://www.instructables.com/id/Leather-Wallet/
Step 1: Materials
- Buckskin (or other type of material)
- Thread ( think tough thread)
- Clear Plastic (steal from some packaging)
- Sharp cutting tool (knife, exacto knife, etc.)
- Speed Stitcher or sewing needles, or sewing machine
- Square and straight edge of some sort (really wide books work great!)
Step 2: Creating a Design
Step 3: Draw Out Your Design
Step 4: Cut Out Your Outline
Side note: I ended up not choosing to go with the rounded side pockets for cards. My buckskin is very flexible and soft and I felt that with rounded edges, it wouldn't work as well. So I ended up cutting straight lines.
Step 5: Start Stitching and Folding
One of the first things I stitched in was a piece of plastic for the ID slot. The plastic I robbed from some leftover packaging and cut it into a square.
Also I stitched the side card pockets to stiffen up the slots. To fold everything into place so that it stayed. I took a damp towel and dabbed the area to be folded. Then I folded and put a weight of some sort on top. I let this sit for maybe 5 min. Worked pretty good.