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Picture of Leather Cardholder Wallet

This is how I make one of my leather wallets - it holds 4-6 cards and folded cash in the cash strap in the back.

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Step 1: Tools and Supplies

Picture of Tools and Supplies

These are the tools and supplies I use for this wallet. There are a lot of substitutions you can make for tools, but each tool makes the job easier!

+ Ruler/straightedge - there's no substitute for a good ruler and straightedge. I like mine to be clear, so I can get the most precise cuts I can.

+ Knife - I use an X-Acto knife, and sometimes just a single sided razor blade. The X-Acto does a great all-around job.

+ Pricking irons - this tool makes the holes that the stitching will join. An awl and ruler can substitute, but the even spacing in the pricking irons makes it much easier to get consistent spacing.

+ Groover - this makes grooves to tell me where to put the stitch holes. Can be substituted with a pencil and ruler, but the groover makes it so much easier!

+ Contact cement - this acts as glue to hold to leather together during stitching, but also prevents the edges from separating during normal use. Not necessary, but helps things look nice.

+ Needles and thread - I use between 2 and 4 needles, and waxed polyester thread. Definitely necessary!

+ Beeswax and burnishing tool - Edge burnishing essentially polishes the edges of the wallet, and makes it look refined. Beeswax keeps it together and looks even more shiny!

+ Mallet - I use the mallet to hammer the pricking irons through the leather.

+ Leather - This is Chestnut Buttero leather from Conceria Walpier in Italy. I ordered it from Rocky Mountain Leather Supply, in 5oz for the main body, and 2oz for the cash strap.

Tura Street4 months ago
This is amazing! Great job and congrats on being a finalist!
briandamge (author)  Tura Street4 months ago
Hey thanks, I appreciate it!
nickabner384 months ago
I built this @ home
briandamge (author)  nickabner384 months ago
Awesome! How was it?
Cherzer4 months ago
This is a great first project for someone to try! I like how you pointed out all the tools that can be substituted when starting out, because people don’t always have all the tools right away. :)
briandamge (author)  Cherzer4 months ago
Hey thanks a lot! I am well acquainted with not having enough tools, substitutions are great ;)
seamster5 months ago
This is an excellent and simple leather project. Perfect instructions too, loads of great detail for newbs like myself! Thanks!! : )
briandamge (author)  seamster5 months ago
Hey, thanks a lot! I'd love to answer questions as well.