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, credit 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 are durable on leather. Add some metal embellishments as you wish for a touch of refinement.
No-Sew Leather Pouch – How To Make
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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. If you can’t find it anywhere locally, you can buy some leather scraps to make. However, you can always replace the leather with thick felt, faux leather, PVC leather, and something equivalent you can think of to make this leather pouch.
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.
The Leather Pouch uses easy-to-install Button Stud flap closure, all you need is to punch a couple of holes on this no-sew DIY wallet (holes positions are stated in the pouch template), and follow the details on how to screw them together to make up the pouch.
The capacity of the leather wallet pattern can easily handle 8 to 10 loyalty cards or credit cards, or about 30 business cards.
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 in handy inside my big purse, so I made 2 for myself, one as a leather card pouch and one as a leather coin purse.
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 a plain leather 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.
Just in case you fell in love with the leather crafts, here are more free leather patterns for you to make.
No-Sew Leather Pouch Pattern
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
5. Scissors that are able to cut thick fabric
6. Stamps and Permanent Ink (optional)
7. Embellishment (optional)
8. Tragacanth Leather Burnishing gum and tools (optional)
9. No Sew Leather Pouch Template
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.
I used Stazon Permanent ink stamp pad (Timber Brown and Opaque Cotton White) to create some design on the no-sew pouch, and further enhance the look by adding some star-shaped studs with prongs.
Gather all the materials and tools listed above.
The stud button is easily fastened together with the screwback attachment that is included.
Trace the no-sew Leather Pouch template to the flesh side of the leather.
Carefully 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.
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 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.
Leather the edges with burnishing gum as well.
Reapply burnishing gum as necessary to the leather and leave to dry.
The difference between a burnished leather (bottom piece) and non-burnished leather (top piece).
A burnished leather will give a neat flesh side and edges.
Stamp 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.
Further embellish the no-sew Leather Pouch with some metal parts, again, this is optional.
Assemble the stud button onto the no-sew DIY wallet to complete the pouch.
1. 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.
Push the stud button through the hole on the top flap to close the pouch.
An easy no-sew Leather Pouch is done.
The no-sew Leather Pouch is great for storing your loose coins, business card, member cards, credit cards, or even discount cards. It can be a little leather wallet for a boy to carry their lunch money to school.