DIY and Crafts

Four ways with: Leather

Spruce up everyday objects with these easy ideas from Kendyl Middelbeek


1. Use a good quality piece of leather large enough to cover the area of a stool. Cut out two circles of equal size, the area of the stool seat, plus enough extra to cover the edges. Measure and mark out spaces around the circumference of the leather circles for the cord to be threaded through. Make the holes using a leather punch, making sure circles line up. Place circles on top and bottom of seat and thread leather cord through.


2. Use three different textures or colours of leather of equal size to create leather envelopes. Measure and mark out equal spaces along a wooden board, then hammer a nail in the top centre of the first piece of leather. Fold the bottom edge up to meet the top and hammer in a nail in each corner to secure. Repeat with the two other pieces.


3. PVC leather is a good choice for this to avoid water marks. Decide on your desired pattern and mark out on the leather. Cut out pieces using a sharp scalpel. Use smooth-surfaced coasters, and cover with fabric glue, then carefully glue down the leather pattern pieces. Once dry, dab leather glue around the edge of the coasters, and wind around leather cord to finish.


4. Measure out a piece of leather the height of your notebook, and 2.75 times the width. Apply fabric glue to the front of the notebook and glue face down onto the leather. Repeat with the back of the notebook (do not glue spine). Once dry, create two small slits in the front leather flap that is to be folded over, and thread through the leather cord, securing on the inside with a dab of glue. Fold flap over and tie leather cord to secure.

Pot and plants from The Botanist; mug and copper spoon from Collected; white sneakers, ceramic pot and notebook from Father Rabbit

Created by: Kendyl Middelbeek
Photography by:
Melanie Jenkins @ Flash Studios
Interior Designer:
Kendyl Middelbeek

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