Eye on the Prize
You can make this simple eyeglass case by gluing a layer of leather to felt, cutting out the case, and then decorating it with stenciled triangles. (The stencil is made by using an X-acto knife to cut out a small triangle in painter's tape.) The U-shaped piece of leather is then folded in half and stitched together.
This simple, customizable leather tie clip would make a great gift for the guy who has everything. It is made by stamping a small piece of leather and attaching it with heavy-duty glue to a tie clip backing.
This DIY leather passport holder looks luxurious, but it's fairly simple to make. Just download and print a passport-holder pattern and punch holes in the perimeters of the pieces with an awl. Stitch the pieces in place with waxed linen thread.
Take a Seat
Add DIY flair to a store-bought piece with this chic leather stool cover. Cut two pieces of leather large enough to cover the diameter plus the thickness of the stool's seat. Cut appropriate holes in the bottom piece to allow for the legs. Line up the circles and punch holes in both layers at once, then stitch up with cord.
Put a Cork in It
Amp up the style of your next party with durable and posh leather coasters. Simply cut out a circular piece of cork and a circular piece of leather, then glue them together. Now you're ready to toss back a few drinks with panache.
Related: 5 Coasters You Can Make
Time for Style
This DIY wall clock features a layer of rich gray leather and can be assembled in no time. It is made by attaching a clock mechanism to a cork backing that's been covered with leather.
In lieu of bulky brackets, use strips of leather to suspend wall shelving. Simply cut two pieces of leather to equal lengths, fold in half, and attach the loops to the wall using a screw. This project could also be done using old leather belts.
Related: 5 Ways to Reuse Leather Belts
All bookworms need a good bookmark that inspires them to keep reading. To make this colorful bookmark, cut a rectangular piece of leather into long strips and paint part of it to create a “dipped” effect. This simple DIY is a great way to use leather scraps from other projects.
Related: 5 DIY Bookends You Can Make
Power cords can quickly become a tangled mess. Keep everything in order—and even inject a bit of style—with a leather cord organizer. It is as easy as cutting a piece of leather into the desired shape and sewing on a snap. Dress up the cord itself with washi tape for added flair.
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