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No-Sew Leather Pouch

January 13, 2016 /

no-sew leather pouch

Over the end of last year, I was so busy making up handmade gifts for friends, relatives and family members. This no-sew Leather Pouch is one of the gifts I have done. It is made from genuine soft leather and the size is 4″ (W) x 2 1/2″ (H). It is perfect for keeping loose coins and small notes, or, for storing your business cards, discount cards, etc.

In order to further enhance the design, I used high-quality permanent ink to stamp and decorate the Leather Pouch. The permanent ink I used is Stazon and I have tested that they durable on leather. Add some metal embellishments as you wish for a touch of refinement.

easy no-sew leather pouch

The leathers used in this pouch are pigment coated finished leather scraps. I bought the leather from a shop where they collected the scraps from a sofa factory, car seat factory and other leather goods factories.

Since I only need a small piece (10″ x 6″) of leather to make this little pouch, these scraps are more than enough to make a few of them in different colors. You may also salvage leather from big old furniture or big bags since some parts of them are still in good condition.

no-sew envelop pouch

The Leather Pouch uses easy-to-install Button Stud flap closure, all you need is to punch a couple of holes on the no-sew Leather Pouch (holes positions are stated in the pouch template), follow the details on next page on how to screw them together to make up the pouch.


The capacity of the no-sew Leather Pouch can easily handle 8 to 10 loyalty cards, or about 30 business cards.

no-sew leather card pouch

If you prefer, the no-sew leather Pouch can be used as a coin purse to keep loose coins and small notes instead of using it as a card pouch. It is ideal for school kids to bring their lunch money to school.

I find both of them came handy inside my big purse, so I made 2 for myself, one as card pouch and one as a coin purse.

no-sew leather coin pouch

It is a perfect gift to make for Father’s Day and Back To School, for men and schoolboys respectively, just leave the design plain if you wish as men and boys might prefer plain pouch design. You can even make a pair of them for couples or newlywed couples; a plain design for him and a feminine design for her by using the same leather, for example. Both designs are equally charming.

no-sew leather coin purse

No-Sew Leather Pouch

Difficulty: Easy
Finished size: approximately 4″ (W) x 2 1/2″ (H)
Download: No Sew Pouch Template

Materials and Tools:
1. Leather (pigment coated finished leather) scrap, 10″ x 6″
2. Button Stud (screwback), Antique Brass color, 1 set. 8mm tall; 7mm base diameter; 6mm stud head diameter
3. Hole Punch Tool
4. Ball-pen
5. Scissors that are able to cut or thick fabric
6. Stamps and Permanent Ink (optional)
7. Embellishment (optional)
8. Tragacanth Leather Burnishing gum and tools (optional)
9. No Sew  Pouch Template

I used CMC (Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose) clear leather burnishing agentburnishing gum. Tragacanth Leather Burnishing gum and tools are optional but your leather product will look professionally done if you have it treated.
I used Stazon Permanent ink stamp pad (Timber BrownStazon and Opague Cotton White)stazon to create some design on the no sew pouch, and further enhance the look by adding some star shaped stud with prongs.


diy no sew pouch 1Gather all the materials and tools listed above.


diy no sew pouch 2The stud button is easily fastened together with the screwback attachment that is included.


diy no sew pouch 3Trace the no-sew Leather Pouch template to the flesh side of the leather.


diy no sew pouch 4Carefully cut out the leather piece with a pair of strong scissors. Cut inside the lines so that the pen marks are not on the edge of the pouch.
Punch holes on the No-Sew Pouch as indicated on the template.


diy no sew pouch 5Optional. Apply a small amount of the burnishing gum to the flesh side or edge of your leather spread evenly then firmly work into the leather with a smooth wooden dowel or piece of scrapper.
I used a plastic soft scraper to apply the gum, I am not scrapping, instead, I use it to push the gum into the leather. Later, I found that using fingers to apply the gum is easier.


diy no sew pouch 7Leather the edges with burnishing gum as well.


diy no sew pouch 6Reapply burnishing gum as necessary to the leather and leave to dry.


diy no sew pouch 8The difference between a burnished leather (bottom piece) and non-burnished leather (top piece).
A burnished leather will give a neat flesh side and edges.


diy no sew pouch 9Stamp on the leather to make some designs. This is absolutely optional as some people will love to have the No-Sew Pouch plain.
I used Stazon permanent ink pad and some favorite stamps. They stay permanent on the leather, rubbing won’t hurt them, but please avoid aggressive solvent-based cleaner.


diy no sew pouch 10Further embellish the no-sew Leather Pouch with some metal parts, again, this is optional.


no-sew leather pouchAssemble the stud button onto the no-sew Leather Pouch to complete the pouch.


no-sew leather pouch1. Insert the screwback plate from the flesh side of the left flap.
2. Follow by the right flap.
3. Then by the bottom flap.
4. Screw the round stud head tightly to the screwback to complete.


no-sew leather pouchPush the stud button through the hole on the top flap to close the pouch.


no-sew leather pouchAn easy no-sew Leather Pouch is done.


The no-sew Leather Pouch is great for storing your loose coins, business card, member card or even discount card. It can be a little wallet for a boy to carry their lunch money to school.

no-sew leather wallet



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Monday 4th of October 2021

Hi, I really love your tutorial! where did you buy the stamps?

Craft Passion

Monday 4th of October 2021

Thank you, Corinna. The stamps is from Tim Holtz - Stampers Anonymous (Affiliate link) and the name is "Curiosities". You may find it at scrapbooking supplies shops that carrier Tim Holtz products.

Laura Handville

Thursday 8th of April 2021

Hi- These are adorable- I can't figure out how to access the free template for this though... Can you direct me? Laura

Craft Passion

Sunday 11th of April 2021

Here is the link to the template or you can find it in the tutorial section as "Download: No Sew Pouch Template".

Karin Henderson

Friday 8th of February 2019

Love these! Where do you buy your leather? Thanks!!

Craft Passion

Saturday 9th of February 2019

I got them from leather furniture maker as scraps

Antonio Delicado

Thursday 16th of August 2018

Great job

Enis Poirier

Friday 4th of March 2016

Where can you buy the screw type studs to close these purses?

Craft Passion

Wednesday 9th of March 2016

Hi Enis, They are available in Craft Passion Shop, there is the link in the material list. Here is the direct link to buy them. Hope this is helpful to you.