Leather Playing Card Pouch




A few weeks ago I bought a deck of cards and decided to build a leather pouch for it. Luckily most playing card cases are about the same size, so this pouch will work for several different card cases. I'm new to working with leather and this was my first leather project, so i'd appreciate any tips or ideas on how to make this project better.

Step 1: Tools and Materials


  • Sheet of leather of your choice (cut to 12in. x 15in)
  • (1) 8mm button stud Screwback


  • The .EPS file attached at the bottom of this step. (File used for laser cutting or leather tracing)


  • Sewing needle
  • Black string/twine
  • Leather Adhesive
  • Access to a laser cutter. (If you dont want to use a laser cutter you can print out the .EPS file, and use it to trace over the leather. Then just cut it out by hand.)

Step 2: Attaching First Few Panels

Once you have cut out the leather pieces you can use a leather adhesive to begin attaching the first few leather panels to the case. After I had all of the panels laser cut, I decided to go back and burn a design onto some of the panels with an embossing tip attachment for a soldering iron.

Step 3: Adding Metal

Since the sewing holes do not extend all the way to the top of the case, the sides pull away from the case a little bit. In order to fix this problem, I cut out two pieces of scrap tin metal to match the sides that pull away. Then they were glued to the sides of the case. This worked out well because the metal pieces were bent inward slightly to keep the side panels from pulling away from the case. Also, to help match the color of the case the metal pieces were spray painted brown.

Step 4: Sewing and Side Panels

Using the sewing needle and black twine, thread the holes of the case as seen in the pictures above. Then attach the leather panels to cover the holes.

Step 5: Bottom Accents

Once you have finished sewing the case together, you can attach the bottom leather panels as seen in the images above.

Step 6: Adding Button Stud

Finally insert the screw through the hole in the front of the case. Next screw on the stud. The reason I decided to use a screw-on stud is that in the event it becomes damaged it can easily be replaced.



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    13 Discussions


    11 months ago

    Thanks for the inspiring project. I'll probably do one as a top load so I can keep the card box inside to protect against scuffing the deck. For folded edges, you can use a skiving tool to thin the leather a bit and a bone folder for a straight, crisp line (always working with wet leather). A touch of edge treatment will prolong the life of your case.


    1 year ago

    For not working with leather before, this was an excellent project. one tip: when you want to make a clean crisp fold in leather, you do 2 things, first remove a slight amount of the material. I bend mine over a thin metal rod, about 1/4 inch in diameter and with a utility knife, take off about 1/8 - 3/16 inch wide piece. There are leather tools for this also. Second, wet the leather from the rough side, lay the rod down along the groove and hit the rod back and forth. Fold over the leather, weight it and let it dry. once it is dry and you fold it open, the edge will be crisp and the piece will not bow out. I can see that it would help with the top and bottom edges to do this also. The lazer cutting was very cool! I wish I had that toy! (Tool envy big time!)


    2 years ago

    Have you done other projects like this? Would you be willing to do something like this on commission?

    1 reply

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi Maglio, sorry it took me so long to respond, I must have missed the message notification in my inbox. I have done similar projects but this was my first time working with leather. I wouldn't mind working on commission. What did you have in mind?


    4 years ago on Introduction

    That turned out great for a first time project. My only suggestion is look into burnishing the edges.

    3 replies

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Good idea, that way i'd be able to smooth out the edges. I'm a little worried about damaging the leather though. Do you think it could be done since I already glued all the leather pieces?


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    It might be could be done but honestly I would just call it good and do it on the next project. Doesn't matter how long you do or how many projects you complete you will always find something you would change or tweak. You can easily take a nice piece and ruin it going back so sometimes you just have to call well enough and keep the ideas in mind for the next one.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, I guess your right. But i'll definitely use your suggestion the next time I work with leather.


    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    In the .EPS file that I made for the laser cutter, I made small circles on the edges. The laser cutter made cuts on those lines and created the sewing holes.