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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Pouch
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 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 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 Opague Cotton White) to create some design on the no sew pouch, and further enhance the look by adding some star shaped stud with prongs.
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.
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.
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.