When it comes to learning new crafting techniques, we find that we usually enjoy practicing something when it involves working with a particular kind of material. Most recently, we’ve been particularly obsessed with learning how to work with leather a little better! Being the busy people we are, Internet tutorials are our biggest ally and resource during any new learning process, so we can often be found scouring the online tutorials lately in search of new DIY leather projects that will help us practice our new skills and keep getting better.
If you’re feeling just as intent as we were, if not more, on learning how to make new things with leather, check out these 15 fantastic and quite simple ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. DIY compact leather wallet
Are you the kind of practical DIY enthusiast who would always prefer to make something you can actually use over something decorative, even if you like to make sure whatever you’re creating also looks nice as well? In that case, so long as you have a little bit of experience in simple sewing techniques, then we think you just might be the perfect person to give these DIY compact leather wallets outlined in full detail on Leather Craft Patterns a try!
2. DIY leather wrapped flask
Are you actually not feeling quite ready yet to create something that’s entirely leather from scratch, but you’d still like to start practicing with it and getting into leather crafting somehow? In that case, we think you might have better luck embellishing something else with leather instead. We’d suggest giving something like this simple but classy looking DIY leather wrapped flask from I Spy DIY a try!
3. Leather bow cuff
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make something out of leather, would you actually much rather create something that you can wear? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how surprisingly simply Our Something New created this beautiful bow shaped leather wrist cuff! Even beginners can make this one happen.
4. DIY leather luggage tag
Are you actually quite new to the world of DIY as a whole and looking for something very simple indeed? Perhaps you’re actually just a total jet-setter who prefers to make travel based things for yourself whenever you can. In either case, we have a feeling that these little leather luggage tags outlined step by step on Almost Makes Perfect might be right up your alley!
5. Simple DIY leather travel wallet
Did we actually really pique your interest when we started talking about the idea of making some kind of wallet but we also caught your eye with our talk of travel because you’re always on the road for work? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give this beautiful (albeit slightly more challenging) leather travel wallet featured in detail on The Leathercraft Academy a try!
6. DIY leather camera strap
Perhaps we’ve still got you thinking about how much you liked the idea of making something productive that you’ll actually use but you’d prefer to create something geared towards your other biggest passion (besides crafting, of course)? Well, if that happens to be photography, then we’d be willing to bet that this lovely DIY leather camera strap outlined in great detail on Almost Makes Perfect might be right up your alley!
7. DIY leather tote
No matter who you are or what your hobbies are like, you can always use a tote bag. There just never seem to be enough tote bags for all the things we need to carry! That’s why, when we decided we wanted to use our leather skills practice to make something practical that we’ll actually use, we went on the hunt for tote bag tutorials. This one from TaylorMade Creates was our favourite!
8. Leather and stump studded stool
Maybe you’re actually so into the idea of learning how to craft with leather that you’d rather use your skills to make something for your home? Well, if you’re in the need for a new stool or foot stool and your room has a slightly rustic aesthetic that will suit wood as well, then we’d absolutely encourage you to take a look at the way Anythingology made this beautiful leather and tree stump studded stool in a way that’s unexpectedly straightforward.
9. DIY stamped leather tie clip
Are you actually still scrolling through out list hoping to find something a little bit simpler and smaller to make from leather because you’d like to give it to a friend or loved one as a gift? Well, if that person wears ties regularly, like to the office, then perhaps they’d appreciate something like this little stamped leather clip tie that you can learn how to make on Lovely Indeed!
10. DIY leather laptop sleeve
Just in case you’re still in the market for a practical leather project but you’re also the kind of person who uses your laptop more than literally anything else you own, here’s an idea that’s both useful and extremely simple. We’re actually so fond of this easy leather laptop sleeve tutorial outlined on Oh Happy Day that we have made ourselves two of them in different colours of leather!
11. DIY leather heart keychains
Just in case you’re feeling very interested indeed in the idea of making something that involves leather stamping but you know you won’t use a tie clip, here’s a beautiful alternative from Polkadot Chair that’s just as simple but maybe a little less specific. Take a better look at their tutorial to see how these gorgeous DIY leather heart keychains were made in just a few simple steps.
12. DIY monogrammed leather keychain
Have we actually really got you feeling quite convinced indeed by the idea of making not just leather keychains but also letter stamped leather keychains specifically, but you’re still just not quite sold on the heart shape you saw above? Then here’s another similar but differently shaped idea for your consideration! Check out how The Sweetest Occasion made these ones that look like little ribbon tags instead.
13. Trendy leather cuff
Has your favourite idea on our list so far actually been that of a leather cuff but you’re just not sure that the bow concept we showed you earlier on our list quite fits your personal style? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at this alternative tutorial from The Red Kitchen that will help you make a similar piece, but this time much simpler and without the girly detail.
14. No-stitch leather card holder
Maybe you’re still finding yourself thinking just a little bit about the idea of making a leather wallet like we showed you earlier, but you’re not the kind of person who carries much on you besides your driver’s license and a few bank cards, so you’re not sure you’ll use all those compartments? In that case, we think you might have a little more luck making yourself something like these easy no-stitch leather card holders featured step by step on Makesupply!
15. DIY scrap leather pencil caps
Have you actually been crafting with leather quite a lot lately and now you’re finding yourself collecting quite the scraps stash because you’re unwilling to throw out the unused ends from other projects if they’re a good size? Well, we do that too, so we certainly can’t say we blame you. We’d suggest putting those things to good use by making these very simple little leather pencil caps outlined step by step on Instructables. They’re great for pens, pencils, or even eyeliners that you’ve lost the lid to but don’t want to see get ruined or make a mess in a drawer or purse!
Have you made other kinds of fantastic DIY projects from leather before that you were very happy with indeed and still use but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!