- I work in a building where most the doors require a 'pass-card' to unlock
- I keep my expensive headphones locked in my desk
- I just received my business cards & now I'll be expected to have them on hand.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
paper & pen/pencil (for pattern making)
scissors or craft knife
eyelet/grommet & setting tool(s)
self-healing cutting mat
sewing machine & thread -or thimble & thread for hand sewing
Step 2: Make Pattern & Cut Pieces
when working with leather (typically a more expensive material) I always make a pattern.
You can use the pattern I made or draw your own.
Once your pattern is finalized, lay the pieces out on your leather. Always mark the back of the leather, however make sure that the grain or pattern (if any) is the same for all pieces. Now, cut out your pcs.
(Note the pattern shows only 1 "side" piece- however you need to cut two of them.)
Step 3: Sew!
Now sew your pieces together, with a machine or by hand. (Unless you & your sewing machine are seasoned leather professionals; I would recommend doing a test run. Use scraps of the same leather as your project, with as many layers as you will sew (in this case 3 is the most) and using the stitch & all the settings you had in mind, make an inch or so of stitching.)
I started mine on my machine & had to finish the bottom corners by hand.
-make sure you don't accidentally sew the diagonal line for your back slip pckt, that shld stay loose.
Step 4: Attach Eyelet and Make the Slits for Closure
Now is when I attached the eyelet and made the slits for closure- however that was because it was my first trial. If you choose; it would be easier to do this part before sewing the pieces together.
Use a leather punch to make a hole slightly smaller than your eyelet. Then place the eyelet & use your tool to secure it.
Fold the top flap closed & mark where the slits should be. Use a craft knife to cut the slits, making sure to put a cutting mat or something thick & expendable under that layer only & protecting the rest of the piece.
Step 5: Finished!
Insert your cards & attach your keyring. You're done!