In this Instructable I'll take you through the steps I used in transforming a few pieces of raw leather into a high-quality and long-lasting tablet case, lined with suede. If you're new to working with leather, I will take you through each step I went through. I learned how to do leather tooling when I was in the Army in 2002. A very kind disabled veteran taught me how to work with leather back then and we spent many hours on it together. But, more than 10 years passed and my leather and supplies were locked away in the basement until now. I had to buy a few more things and was ready to go. Thanks to Instructables for creating this contest and igniting my interest again! I really missed leather tooling and am so happy to be back into it now. * Please note, I created this for my Kindle fire, which is close to 4 3/4" wide by 7 1/4 - 7 1/2 inches tall. You'll need to make adjustments to work with whatever device you have.

If you're new to leather tooling or working with leather and want more information, there are some great books available. I saved my book, "Leathercraft Tools," by Al Stohlman for many years and it was a great reference guide for using all sorts of tools and figuring out how to do almost any technique you can think of with leather. It's a very useful resource.

*If you like this Instructable please VOTE for me - thanks so much! I really appreciate it!*

Step 1: Supplies for Leather Tablet Case

Supplies Needed:

  1. Leather (Please see Image for Detailed Measurements Also)
    • The main body piece was made with tooling leather approximately 1/8" thick or 7 to 8 oz. in weight. You need to decide if you want to create this from one large piece of leather (I recommend as this is much easier) or from two pieces. I only used two pieces because I didn't have a long enough piece to work with. Please refer to graphic for measurements - and also have some scrap pieces ready to cut out for the part that holds the tablet in place. See graphic for pattern pieces for that. I noticed some leather pieces being sold on Amazon that might work, like this one: Springfield Leather Tooling Pieces (12"x24", 6/7oz) <- the leather for tooling is more expensive than others.
  2. Suede Lining - same length as full pattern pieces and a little extra to be safe
  3. Basic Leather-work tools
    • a rawhide or basic wood mallet - wood ones are affordable, like this one - Wooden Mallet
    • a hard surface - ideally a marble or granite slab if you plan to do tooling
    • swivel knife - a necessity
    • clamps
    • some beveling tools - something similar to this or smaller - any brand is fine
    • If you want to create the feather design, you may want to get the stencil I used: feather craftaid
  4. Ruler & Cutting Tools - scissors, utility razors or rotary cutter
  5. For the Snap Fasteners
    • You'll Need the fasteners (they usually come in a kit) - there should be a stud, eyelet, socket and cap
    • You also need some setting tools - or a "setter" for locking the parts together
    • A hole punch tool
  6. Materials for Sewing
    • Needles for sewing leather
    • Waxed thread for sewing leather or sinew thread
    • Pliers - sometimes are needed when pulling needle through holes
    • Awl - needed for punching holes into leather
    • A Creasing Tool - used to create a nice even line on edge to prepare for sewing
    • Overstitch wheel - it indents so you know where to punch the holes for even stitching
    • Craftool Stitching Groover - this gouges a channel along the edge to prepare it for the holes & sewing
    • If you really want to get into leather tooling, here is a multi-tool that can be used for creasing & the groover - 7 in 1 Tool Groover & Creasing Edge Beveler
  7. Other Materials for Treatment of Leather
    • leather dye - optional (please note: I bought Fiebings light brown color but it turned super dark - another option for a lighter color is to use a hi-lighter)
    • leather glue - some people use rubber cement - I used Eco-Weld & Brush to paint it on
    • disposable gloves & a sponge and rag
    • Satin Sheen - if you want to give the leather a shinier appearance - I loved how this turned out
    • Spray bottle with water - used to get the leather wet
  8. Ruler & Cutting Tools - scissors, utility razors or rotary cutter

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<p>Awesome work! My only reservation is that I'm not crazy about pressing the back of the snap against the screen of the tablet for closure. Other than that, the case is incredible!! </p>
<p>This is really gorgeous. I love that detailing on the front. Omghow is giving away a tablet in the next couple of days if anyone is interested. You just have to follow them on social media I think. Anyway. Here's the link : https://omghow.com/holiday_giveaways xo!</p>
<p>Very nice job! I love the feather design on the front. Congratulations on the win; you earned it! :-D</p>
<p>Congratulations Holly for making to finals :). I knew , you would win.</p>
<p>Thanks so much Tarun - you are the best. :) I miss being on here and miss your amazing work. I love your featured author page and the new contest - how perfect!</p>
<p>Thanks Holly :) I miss you too. You were always the first to comment. </p>
<p>And congratulations for second Prize. you rocked :)</p>
<p>Nice work and easy to follow instructable. Thanks for sharing.</p>
<p>Thanks Mackramer!</p>
<p>Wow. This is really nicely done. Thanks!!</p>
<p>Thanks so much!</p>
<p>The tablet case looks awesome! great instructions. I've been wanting to make a leather purse but wasn't sure how to get started. Thanks so much for sharing this ible :)</p>
<p>Thank you so much - I really appreciate the comment. I really like all of your creations too! Let me know how the purse turns out!!!</p>
<p>A really good starter project which has wetted my appetite. Very concisely described with enough information so that a newby to leather work, like myself, will not be frightened off. Well done keep the projects flowing.</p><p>Regards. Harold</p>
<p>Hi Harold - thank you so much for the nice comment. I have started on another leather project. I like all the leatherwork that's being done on here...it's a rare craft. I hope you do some projects also and share them! :)</p>
<p>It&acute;s amazing, I&acute;ll try to make it </p>
<p>Yay I hope so!</p>
<p>What a beautiful job Holly!! I love the feather decoration, it makes the case even more special! :)</p>
<p>Thanks Linda! :)</p>
<p>Holly--love this! My husband does leather work and up until reading this I left that in his arena...now I'm thinking it's my turn! Great job! :)</p>
<p>Thanks so much! :) You are so sweet. I'm sure you'll be great at it...you are so creative and talented!</p>
<p>This is absolutely gorgeous! What don't you do Holly? You are so very talented. Thanks so much for sharing and especially for all the amazing easy to follow instructions and pictures. This Instructable should be a BIG WINNER!</p>
<p>Thank you!!!</p>
<p>A BIG 10 out of 10 for this project, FAR better than a shop bought case, I really enjoyed reading your simple to follow plans! Thanks for sharing, Can't wait to follow your great example :)</p>
<p>Thank you so much Bonnyjiship...that is the nicest thing ...you made my day. :) I think I'm hooked on leather crafts now...:) Can't wait to see what you make!</p>
<p>Beautiful case. I wish I had the skill to create this.</p><p>One small recommendation would be to add the snap before adding the suede liner. That way, the back of the snap won't scratch or rest against the tablet screen.</p><p>Again, this looks awesome!</p>
<p>Thanks so much Dustin. It doesn't take much skill though...just some time and patience! The hand sewing is the toughest for me - as it takes the longest...but luckily there isn't much to do on here.Thanks so much for the great tip! Luckily the snap I used is really flush with the leather....really flat...but still...very important to not wreck the thing you are protecting! Thank you for the comment and great tip!</p>
<p>How would you make this for a folio moleskine notebook?</p>
<p>tnx for the guide I learned a lot now.... where can I find leather here in the Philippines hahahahaha really want to make one for my Note 2 </p>
<p>Gorgeous case. I love the feather. A lot of leather tooling is too busy for me, but I love touches like that.</p>
<p>Thanks so much! I agree about leather tooling being too busy...I keep trying to figure out how to do some tooling without overdoing it - and with it somehow being a bit modern. :) Thanks again for the comment!</p>
<p>Yeah, modern is a good way of putting it. A lot of it looks so outdated and &quot;western&quot;. I think you're on the right track in figuring out how to give it a modern look though!</p>
<p>This is so beautiful! The leaf adds just the right touch. I have some leather I have been wanting to sew but my heavy duty machine needs a cord. Did you sew this with a regular sewing machine? Is their a reason for the waxed thread? Your pictures and instructions are amazing. thanks for sharing this I am faving so I can view this when I sew my leather. Voting as well. This is sure to win some great tools. </p><p>sunshiine</p>
<p>Thanks Sunshiine! I actually did hand-sewing on this. It's tough to do ...or can get a bit painful if doing a big project...but it's worth it. There's no way I could use a machine on this unless I had an industrial or heavy duty one. The waxed thread...it's very durable and long-lasting. I found this forum here where they're talking about sewing leather and using waxed thread - http://leatherworker.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=34210...maybe it will help. :) If you might want to do any hand-sewing, there is a book called &quot;The Art of Hand Sewing Leather,&quot; by Al Stohlman and it has everything you need to know about doing that...but with a machine I am not familiar. Sorry! If you ever have any more questions please ask..hopefully I can help! Thanks also about voting - even though the voting thing isn't up yet...I really appreciate it! Leather is super expensive..so anything helps! :) Thanks again for the nice comment Sunshiine :)</p>
<p>I am laughing because after I posted this I was in my kitchen and reflected on how beautiful it was and then it hit me. Was the vote button up? I planned on coming back to check but got sidetracked. (old age is so great.) Thanks for telling me. I voted now though! I suppose hand stitching it would not be so bad because there is not a lot of it from the looks. This makes me want to make one. Thanks for the information I will refer back to this ible when I find my leather in my stash. I packed it up somewhere thinking I would not need it for a while. </p><p>sunshiine </p>
Compliments nice job!
<p>Beautiful, Holly!!</p>
<p>Thanks Emily!!!</p>
<p>This is super professional work Holly :), you never ceases to amaze me :).</p>
<p>Thanks Tarun - you are sweet. Your creations always amaze me!</p>
<p>really nice. i am just starting out leatherworking and trying to learn new techniques and your detailed instructions are very helpful.</p>
<p>Thanks! Let me know if you ever have questions..I'll try to help! </p>

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