Back in 2011 we featured a really cool tutorial from the talented Alicia Jepsen of Jepsen LeatherGoods LLC. In the past she has offered up instructions on how to make a leather passport holder (which we loved), and then followed it with one of my favourite DIYs on the blog, making a wallet out of a cowboy boot! Yup, that's right, a cowboy boot! So fun, yes? Check it out!
Make a Wallet from a Cowboy Boot!
Guest tutorial post by Jepsen LeatherGoods
What You Need:
- one cowboy boot
- waxed linen thread (~70” long)
- scratch awl
- stitching awl
- cutting mat
- rotary cutter
- seam ripper
- 2 craft needles (~2 3/8” long)
Time: ~ 2 hours (plus overnight drying time)
1. Cut the top part of the boot off.
2. Wash the top part of the boot with dish soap.
3. Hang to dry overnight.
4. Use a seam ripper to remove the pull straps.
5. Cut up along the side piping.
6. Remove the piping strip.
7. The disassembled boot should look like this.
8. Use the ruler and rotary cutter to cut a 4” by 6” rectangle out of the front piece of the boot. Start with a horizontal cut just above the vamp.
9. Use the ruler and rotary cutter to cut a 2” by 4” rectangle out of the back piece of the boot.
10. The three pieces should look like this.
11. Use the scratch awl to mark a dot every 1/4” all the way around the larger (4” by 6”) piece. Your dots should be 1/8” in from the edge.
12. Mark dots, in a similar fashion, along three sides of the smaller (2” by 4”) pieces.
13. Pierce the dots with a piercing awl. Tip: put the leather on an old phone book to allow the piercing awl to go through the leather easier.
14. The three pieces should now look like this.
15. The most common way to sew leather is saddle stitching. Watch a short video tutorial here. To start, thread a needle on both ends of a 70” piece of thread.
16. Line up the large leather piece with one of the pocket pieces and insert a needle four holes in from pocket’s edge.
17. Pull the thread through the hole so you have equal lengths of thread on each side.
18. Insert the needle in the next hole and pull through the hole.
19. Insert the other needle into the same hole and pull through the hole.
20. Pull each strand tight to set stitch. You should now have equal lengths of thread on either side of the leather.
21. Continue stitching all the way around, making sure to attach the other pocket when you get to the other side.
22. Backstitch over your last stitch and pull each strand of thread between the two pieces of leather.
23. Tie the two strands with 2-3 overhand knots and cut the excess threads.
24. There you have it! Enjoy!
Copyright 2011 Jepsen LeatherGoods LLC Madison, WI
Jepsen LeatherGoods LLC was born of owner and lead maker, Alicia Jepsen, in 2011. Led by the simple desire to create products that you only have to buy once in your lifetime, they began selling quality leather accessories handcrafted in Madison, Wisconsin. Each item is individually cut, dyed, and stitched by hand. They use only the best full grain vegetable tanned leathers and durable waxed linen thread. Full grain leathers have not been sanded or buffed to remove imperfections. This means that each piece is unique and carries its own distinct characteristics.