Introduction: Pinwheel Coin Pouch

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Pinwheel, Squeeze, Origami... no matter what you call this coin pouch we can all agree that it's pretty cool! Just like all my other leather projects you will not need any fancy leather tools. And to make things even better, this is an incredibly easy and quick project to make. Let's get started!

Step 1: Materials

For this project you're going to need:

  • Leather (I used 5oz. chrome leather, but I recommend a lighter leather)
  • Utility Knife
  • Needle
  • Hammer
  • Pattern (You can use my octagon design above)

Step 2: Scoring, Cutting, and Marking

Place the pattern on the grain side (nice looking side) of the leather and using your needle score the design. Use the utility knife to cut along the scratch. Next, realign the pattern on top of the grain of the leather and, using your needle, mark the leather at the vertices of the inner octagon and the center of each outer ark. We will use these marks later as a guide when we fold.

Step 3: Folding

Before we begin folding we need to place the leather in water for 5 minutes. This will help it keep its shape later on. After the 5 minutes remove any access water with a paper towel. Start folding the sides of inner octagon by hand so that the grain is on the outside. Once you have folded each side, go over the folds with a hammer. Next fold along the radial lines that extend from the octagon to the center of the arks. Make sure that the grain is on the outside. Again, go over these with the hammer. Now we want to bring all the center of the arks together in the middle and then push all the flaps to the right or the left. This will give the cool origami design. Once you have made any adjustments place a heavy object on the pouch and let dry for a day.

Step 4: Final Touches

After drying you can smooth out the edges with sandpaper and burnish the sides. I, as usual, chose not to do so because I like the raw look.

I hope you guys go ahead and give this project a shot because it's easy, rewarding, and makes for a great gift! Get creative with your coin pouches, add designs on the edges, maybe make it a decagon or some other polygon! If you guys want to know how I made this design let me know and I can come back and add a step showing the design process.

If you liked this Instructables you might like my other leather projects:

Beetle Bag:

Passport Cover:

Medieval Needle Case:

Please leave pictures and videos of your coin pouches and as always let me know how I can improve my Instructables! :)

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