How to make a handmade leather wallet

Nothing is more masculine than the sense of pride you get from making a handmade leather wallet with your own two hands. It’s such a relief to build something and have it be part of your life. But there’s nothing worse than thinking you’ve purchased an expensive item with your hard-earned money just to find out that it’s gone wrong. In this post, we’d like to help you with a wallet problem many men experience.

Materials needed:


You can use approximately two square feet of material. We recommend using 2-oz vegetable tanned leather – although you may use 1-oz if you’re going for a more slim profile, or 3-oz if you want your wallet to be thicker. You can use other types of leather with your wallet but it’s important that the leather is fairly rigid so it will maintain its shape.


To find the right color thread for your project, try to pick colors that match the type of leather you’ve chosen. Ask your wife or mom what they think – they’re usually a reliable source! If you want something darkish and subtle, a darker thread might be a good choice. As for thread size, we recommend TEX138 or larger.

Tools needed:

Cutters, scissors, a straight rule, 2 ballpoint needle, and 2 pushpins are the necessary tools for this project.

Construction of wallet:

To get started on your DIY project, you will need to print out the design and cut it out. Next you trace it onto a sheet of leather.

Now you will have to carefully cut the pieces out of the leather. A rotary blade and a straight edge can help you make clean cuts with ease. After that, you need to poke holes through them so thread can go in and you can sew them together.Use push pins to tack the paper pattern to your leather piece, then use an awl (or something like an ice pick) to make evenly spaced holes. The holes only need to be big enough for your needles and thread to pass through with some resistance.

Assemble all the parts together.Fold the leather over to see where you should stitch it together. Make sure that you are creasing it thoroughly so that there are no gaps in your stitch. To create the best sewing assembly for you create a stitch path with start and ending points. Hand stitching is practiced in various methods with this tutorial focusing on hand saddle stitching.Saddle stitching is a simple and quick binding method. You’ll only need one thread and two needles to bind two pieces together- put the holes side by side and weave your needles through them (one from each end).

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