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How To Make a Leather Wallet- seniorhelpline.info

How To Make a Leather Wallet

A leather expert from Filson shows you the way.

How to make a wallet
Allie Holloway

Materials

  • 1 12 x 12–inch piece of 3 to 4 oz leather
  • 2 large-eye stitching needles
  • 48 inches 1/8-inch nylon hand-stitching thread

    Tools Required

    • Utility knife
    • Barge rubber cement
    • Straightedge or square
    • Awl or leather punch
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      Instructions

      Step 1. Measure and cut one piece of leather to 6 1/4 x 4 inches and two pieces to 2 x 4 inches with a utility knife.

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      Figure A
      Jeff Lowry

      Step 2. On the smaller pieces, measure and lightly mark ½ inch in from the upper corners. Make another mark ½ inch below the top edges of the pieces, on center. Use a straightedge and utility knife to cut between the points, forming a notch in each pocket. [Fig. A]

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      Fig. B
      Jeff Lowry

      Step 3. With the smooth, or shell, side of the large piece of leather facing down, place the smaller pieces shell side up so that they are aligned with the outside edges of the larger piece. There should be a 2-inch gap between the pieces. Use a little rubber cement to hold the pockets in place [Fig. B].

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      Fig. C
      Jeff Lowry
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      Step 4. Working around the perimeter of the main piece of leather (even where the pieces don’t overlap), use an awl to make holes ¼ inch in from the edge and spaced approximately 1/4 inch apart [Fig. C].

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      Jeff Lowry

      Step 5. Starting with one of the longer sides of the wallet on top, saddle stitch the leather together [Fig. D]. Thread two needles on one piece of thread, one on either end. Start the stitch by passing one needle through a corner hole. You should have a needle on either side of the leather at this point. Pass one needle through the next hole and to the other side, then pass the second needle through the same hole in the opposite direction. Repeat around the entire wallet.

      Step 6. When you make it back to your first hole, continue stitching one or two holes past it, overlapping the first pieces of thread. Cut off any excess thread, then touch the ends with a lighter to melt the ends to the threading.

      Step 7. Oil and condition the wallet regularly with a conditioner such as Leather Honey.


      This appears in the September 2018 issue.

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