This leather key holder is an easy-to-make key pouch that does not require any sewing. It is ideal as a quick gift to make for any occasion and is especially ideal for Father’s Day, Christmas, Birthdays, and other similar occasions. Keep on reading to learn how to make it.
How To Make No-Sew Leather Key Holder
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This simple tri-fold leather key pouch was made from scraps of real leather that we bought from a leather furniture factory.
The pouch is closed with a Button Stud, which is easy to put on and doesn’t require any sewing.
It is 2 1/2″ wide and 4″ tall, which makes it a great size for pockets and a small purse to keep your keys together.
The keyholder bracket is fixed to the pouch by using a double-cap rivet set hence there is no sewing needed too. I am using a round keyholder bracket which is uncommon in the market, but there is a rectangle type that you can get it from some craft shops.
In order to further embellish the leather key pouch, you may add a small key charm to the front of the key pouch but it is absolutely optional.
These key pouches are made from genuine leather and here is where you can buy some leather scraps to make. However, you can use substitute leather, eg. PVC leather, thick laminated sheet, thicker felt, or even thick washable KRAFT paper fabric to make the leather pouch, as long as the material is foldable and thick enough to hold into shape.
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- Leather (pigment coated finished leather) scrap, 7 1/2" x 4"
- Button Stud (screwback), Antique Brass color, 1 set. 8mm tall; 7mm base diameter; 6mm stud head diameter
- Key Holder Bracket with double cap rivet set, Round. Buy it here.
- Embellishment (optional)
- Tragacanth Leather Burnishing gum and tools (optional)
- No-Sew Leather Key Pouch Template
- Hole Punch Tool
- Scissors that are able to cut thick fabric, and/or, roller cutter and mat
- Tool to install double cap rivet (I used simple handheld rivet setter with a hammer)
HOW TO MAKE A LEATHER KEY POUCH
- Gather all the materials and tools needed to make this leather key pouch.
Download the leather key pouch template and print it out on a card. Cut the template out.
- I used a round key holder bracket which is quite uncommon to find in the market.
You may use the normal rectangle bracket which is easier to find in the market, for eg, in Amazon. Remember to ask the seller for more detail about the product before purchasing, especially the dimension of the bracket and the size of the double cap rivet. You will need to find the correct size of double cap rivet installation tool for the cap rivet that comes with the bracket.
- Trace the paper template on the flesh side of the leather with ball pen.
Carefully cut out the leather piece with a pair of strong scissors. If you have a roller cutter, you may use it to cut the straight lines. Cut inside the lines so that the pen marks are not on the edge of the pouch.
- Optional. 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 found that using fingers to apply the gum works too.
Leather the edges with burnishing gum as well.
- i. Punch holes on the Leather Key Pouch as indicated on the template.
Assemble the button stud onto the leather piece.
ii. Insert the screwback plate from the flesh side of the smaller hole.
iii. Screw the round stud head tightly to the screwback to complete.
iv. Push the stud button through the bigger hole to close the pouch.
- Mark the bracket holes of the key holder on the top center of the middle part of the key pouch.
- Punch hole / holes with the hole puncher. The hole size should follow the size the of the post of the rivet.
- i. Place the long post cap rivet though the hole.
ii. Insert the key holder
iii. Place the cap on the top of them. Press it down to click it on.
iv. Depends on what type of tool you used to install the double caps rivet, I am using a simple handheld tool called rivet setter. Place the concave side of the rivet setter on top of the assembly, hammer down to fasten them up. Do this on the mat to protect your cap from being damage.
- This is how the key holder bracket looks like after it is installed.
Hook up the keys to the key holder and start using the leather key pouch.
I used CMC (Sodium Carboxymethyl Cellulose) clear leather burnishing agent. Tragacanth Leather Burnishing gum and tools are optional but your leather product will look professionally done if you have it treated.
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