Working 9-5 as a footwear designer, I have access to lots of lovely leather remnants. Whenever I pass a bin of leather to be disposed of, I pic them up, thinking that SOMEDAY I'll make something with them. I recently got a heavy duty sewing machine, but even that really couldn't get through two layers of the thicker leathers, therein lay the problem. How could I make something without sewing it? I've never really played with rivets, so i decided to give it a try. They were SO EASY and I think they came out even better than if I had sewn them. They turned out so well that I gave them both as mothers day gifts! Now I want to make more!
- Cap rivets
- Snap tool kit (you can get this at A.C. Moore, Michaels, or Jo Ann Fabrics)
- Leather hole punch kit (you can get this at A.C. Moore, Michaels, or Jo Ann Fabrics)
- Rivet tool kit (you can get this at A.C. Moore, Michaels, or Jo Ann Fabrics)
- Print out the shape you want the flap to be, I used scallops. I then cut it out and traced it onto the leather, then cut the leather.
- Punch small holes in the leather where you want the studs and snaps to go
- place snaps and studs and hammer them together using the tools in the kit, basically just putting the metal base on the bottom and using the metal tool to hammer the top piece on. It's very strait forward and simple!
- All done! Now you have a cute little clutch, pencil pouch, or whatever you may want it to be!