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Make Your Unique Leather Key Wrap | DIY Craft

Leather DIY Key Wrap

Make Your Unique Leather Key Wrap | DIY Craft

Leather Key Wrap Instructions

1 - Check you have everything in your kit:

  1. Pre-cut and Punched Leather Pieces
  2. 1 x Canvas Cloth for burnishing & protecting
  3. 2 x Colours of Handmade Waxed Thread
  4. 1 x Keyring Loop
  5. 2 x Sewing Needles
  6. 1 x Chicago screw

You will also need:

  • Small pair of scissors
  • A little pot of water
  • Your quality time, 1/2 an hour

2 - Measure the thread.

Your Key Wrap has 1 stitching section, so you will need to cut a 30cm length of thread. Start by choosing the thread colour that you would like to stitch with, then measure and cut the 30cm piece of wax thread.

3 - Burnish the edges.

Burnish around all the edges of each piece of leather.

4 - Thread the needles.

  • A. Thread the eye of the needle with the 30cm piece of thread. 
  • B. Pull through 6-8cm of thread and then pierce the thread.
  • C. Pierce the thread again at 1cm distance along the long piece of thread.
  • D.Holding the needle tip, pull down the entire thread. This is called locking the needle.
  • E. Follow steps A-D with the other end of the thread and second needle.

5. Create the tag.

Thread the small leather tab through the D-ring and close the sides together with the right sides facing out.

6. Line up the holes.

Insert the circular piece between the tag and use the needle to line up the holes. Clip in place using the binder clip and canvas cloth to protect the leather.

7. Use saddle stitch.

  1. With your left hand, take the needle from one side of your Key Wrap and pass it through the next hole. You will be stitching along the piece towards yourself.
  1. Pull this needle through, leaving a loop of thread about 10cm long on the side.
  1. Take the second needle and push it through the same hole as the first. Avoid piercing the thread as you do this and pull the other thread tightly to the side as this will help.
  1. Pull both needles away from the leather to form a tight stitch. Repeat this for every stitch hole. 

8. Secure the stitches.

Stitch back on your last two stitches to secure the thread.

10. Cut the threads

Cut the thread as close to the hole as possible and tuck away any visible ends with the back side of your needle. 

11. Add the stud.

Place the stud through the hole in the circular piece. Fold the circle over so that the stud goes through both holes. Then screw on the top of the stud to finish.

Ta-daa! Well done you did it - you have now finished your personally crafted .Ar:ti|sans Key Wrap! This would make a lovely gift or somewhere to keep your home keys safe and tidy.

We would love to see how you use your creation! Share it with us and our crafting community so we can celebrate your leathercraft dexterity. Tag us on Instagram (using the hashtag #artisanslife), drop us an email or leave us a review on our website to tell us what you enjoyed most about the making experience.

P.S. Did you recognise our Keyring Kit wrapped in your thread? Now you can now practice your leathercraft skills further by crafting your very own leather keyring! Click here to access the Keyring Craft Kit instructions blog.