There’s something extremely stylish and manly about making a leather wallet your own two hands and then carrying it around in full-fledged style as a daily life necessity.
With the right tools and knowhow, you can easily make your very own leather wallet at home. It may seem daunting and even a little intimating at first – however, the steps outlined in this guide should help you craft your own leather wallet like a pro.
Let’s get started!
What You’re Going to Need for Your DIY Leather Wallet
Time to grab a hold of some materials:
- One 12x12in piece of 3-4 oz. leather
- Two stitching needles (large-eyed)
- 1/8in nylon hand-stitching thread (48 inches long)
Here are the tools you’ll need:
- Barge rubber cement
- Utility knife
- Awl/leather punch
Step by Step Instructions
Using your utility knife, measure and cut one piece of leather to 6.25 x 4in; two pieces to 2 x 4in.
Take the smaller pieces and gently mark half an inch inwards from the upper corners. Make another mark half an inch below the top edges towards the centre. Using a straightedge and utility knife, cut between these two points, which will form a nice notch in each pocket.
With the shell side of the large leather piece facing down, place the smaller shell side pieces up in a way so as to align them with the outer edges of the larger piece.
Make sure that there’s a 2in gap between both pieces. Use some rubber cement to hold both pockets in place.
Now, we’re going to work around the perimeter of the main leather piece, including the pieces that don’t overlap; use your awl to make holes a quarter inch inwards from the edge, where each hole will be placed about a quarter inch apart.
Saddle-stitch the leather together, starting with the longer sides of the leather wallet on top. Now thread two needles on a single piece of thread, one on either end. Start stitching by passing a single needle through the corner hole.
At this point, you should have another needed on either side of the leather; using subsequent movements, pass the first needle through to the next hole and to the other side as well, then pass the second needle through the same hole but in the opposite direction. Repeat these movements until the entire wallet has been covered.
When you arrive back at the first hole, continue to stitch another hole or two past it, as we need to overlap the first pieces of thread.
Cut off the extra thread and touch both ends with a lighter so that the ends can be melted with the threading.
It’s always a good idea to oil and condition your wallet on a regular basis using leather honey.
If you don’t feel like making your own leather wallet, you can always check out Harber London’s exquisite collection of men’s leather wallets.