These leather card holders were the simplest project I’ve done to date. Read to the bottom of this post for simple instructions on how to make your own!
So there you have it. A quick and simple project, made of leather, for the men in your life. Or yourself.
Here’s a quick diagram of how I made these card holders. It’s the simplest thing EVER:
A close-up of my templates:
Obviously, these are rough sketches. I Hopefully, these pictures are enough to help you on your way to making your own leather card holder.
A few notes on using leather for this project:
Leather sources: I bought this leather from a seller on Etsy, and last I checked there was still some available. It took over a month to arrive (from Beligium, I think?), but it is GORGEOUS. I was surprised by how much leather came in the package, and the variety. I love each and every piece. If you don’t want to order leather and wait a month for it to arrive, check your local craft store. I’ve purchased leather scraps from Joanne’s Fabric and Crafts, in the jewelry section near all the masks. You can also purchase genuine leather purses from the thrift store and cut them up, although I find this to be messy and less than satisfying. Or, you can use vinyl or pleather. Just make sure both sides of the leather are nice-looking.
Stitching the leather on your machine: Use a leather needle and heavy duty thread for this project. For a cleaner look, I also increased my stitch length and tied off at the beginning and end, rather than backstitching. The leather kind of stuck to my presser foot, so I advise using a walking foot if you have difficulty with your regular one.
In the photo above I specify using a 1/8″ seam allowance. You may have to trim the leather if your pieces shift while sewing, so don’t let the seam allowance get too small. The good thing about leather is, no fraying!