DIY Leather USB Drive

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This USB leather key is a fun and easy to make DIY project. Though make no mistake, it still takes a few steps and a couple of tricks to get it looking just right. In this tutorial, I have photographed every step in making this leather USB key from figuring out the dimensions, to preparing the edges, dyeing, and hand stitching.

Leather is one of my favourite materials to work with. It's natural, very versatile, it's durable and it looks awesome.
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Step 1: Tools

Here are all the essential tools required for this project:

Leather comb punch

Edge beveler

Groover

Needles

Waxed Thread

Leather Dye

Step 2: Cut Your Leather.

First disassemble your USB stick to get a rough idea of how big a piece of leather you will need. For this project I'm using tooling leather.

Use the naked USB stick to mark the dimensions of your piece.

Cut two pieces of the same size.

Step 3: Stitching

To prepare your leather for stitching, use a groover tool to create a small groove for your stitches to sit in. Next, punch holes within the groove lines using a comb punch, then place your 2 pieces together and begin to do your stitching. I used waxed thread because it slides well into the leather and makes the job easier. The last stitch should be knotted in between the 2 halves so it's hidden.

Step 4: Preparing the Edges

I purposely made my leather pieces larger then they needed to be, so that they were easier to work with as well allowing me to finish off their edges nicely. To remove the excess edge, I placed my leather in a flat, non-textured vice and used a blade to strip the excess. Note: if you have textured jaws on your vice, place small pieces of wood on either side of the leather to protect it. Next, I cut off the corners then used a bevelling tool to round the edges. Then I added a drop of water on each edge of the leather case and used a grooved piece of wood to slick the sides.

Step 5: Finishing the Leather

To colour the leather, I applied a brown leather dye to both sides. The leather dye is very unforgiving, anything it gets on will be stained forever, so I did this step on a piece of waxed paper and was careful not to get it on my hands. Use rubber gloves if you can. I let the leather sit for a few minutes so it could absorb the dye, then I finished it with dubbin which protects, seals and conditions the leather. As a final touch, I used a stamping tool to put the Inspire to Make initials on it.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Creation

To put my flash drive into its new housing, I used a screw driver to pry open the leather case and I secured my flash drive inside with a drop of hot glue.

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DenverC4

10 months ago

Very nice small project!

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barnyard123

3 years ago

pretty cool looks easy might try if some day

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Maters

3 years ago

Wrong links for Needles, Waxed thread and Leather Dye

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JimR28Maters

Reply 3 years ago

... and Groover. All go to the beveler.

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Darthorso

3 years ago

Now that's classy my friend.

Thinking about making one for my dad (it's a surgeon ^^)

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skoko

3 years ago

Awesome and classy.I don't have the necessary tools (or the money :D ) are there any substitutes i can use to achieve the same result?

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inspiretomakeskoko

Reply 3 years ago

You can punch holes in leather with a small nail or awl and bevel the edges with a sand paper.

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skokoinspiretomake

Reply 3 years ago

cool and for the grooves can i use a knife or i'll just end up cutting the leather

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Flaky_Jay'sskoko

Reply 3 years ago

you can use a old leather belt for the leather, and for the wax thread take cotton thread and pull it across candle wax. I hope that helps

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nerd7473

3 years ago

awesome man... thanks for sharing