Leather Pencil Case Instructions
1 - Check you have everything in your Pencil Case kit:
- Pre-cut and Punched Leather Piece
- 1 x Canvas Cloth for burnishing & protecting
- 2 x Binder Clips to help you stitch
- 2 x Colours of Handmade Waxed Thread
- 1 x Keyring Loop
- 2 x Sewing Needles
You will also need:
- Small pair of scissors
- A little pot of water
- Your quality time, ½ - 1 hours
2 - Measure the Thread
Your Pencil Case has 4 stitching sections, so you will need to cut 4 x 35cm lengths of thread. Start by choosing the thread colour that you would like to stitch with, then measure and cut the pieces of wax thread.
3 - Burnish the Edges
Burnish edges indicated in the diagram.
Burnishing leather is the process of sealing and smoothing the rough, raw edges of a leather item to produce professionally finished edges.
Start burnishing by using your fingertip to gently wet the outer edges of your Pencil Case. Be careful not to get any liquid on the leather surface. Using one of the canvas cloths provided, rub the outer edges until smooth and shiny.
Your kit includes a Leathercraft Basics instructions guide. Please refer to the Burnishing the Edges section for further diagrams and instructions.
Use a cotton bud for extra precision when wetting the edge so as not to damage the leather surface
4 - Thread the Needle
Your kit includes a Leathercraft Basics instructions guide. Please refer to the Threading the Needle section for further diagrams and instructions.
5 - Fold and Clip
Fold the piece as shown, lining up the holes using one of the included needles and then clipping it in place with the binder clips. Use the canvas cloth to protect the leather.
6 - Start Stitch
Pass one needle through the top hole (indicated) and pull the thread through until you have an even amount on both sides.
7 - Saddle Stitch
- A. With your left hand, take the needle from one side of your Pencil Case and pass it through the next hole. You will be stitching along the piece towards yourself.
- B. Pull this needle through, leaving a loop of thread about 10cm long on the side.
- C. 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.
- D. Pull both needles away from the leather to form a tight stitch. Repeat this for every stitch hole.
Your kit includes a Leathercraft Basics instructions guide. Please refer to the Simple Saddle Stitch section for further diagrams and instructions.
8 - Secure the Thread
Once you've reached the end you will need to secure your thread. To do this you can use back stitch. Change direction and stitch back 2 stitches, take your needle on the outta side and bring that down one stitch to leave you with both needles on the same side.
Your kit includes a Leathercraft Basics instructions guide. Please refer to the Securing the Thread section for further diagrams and instructions.
9 - Cut and Tuck
Cut the thread as close to the hole as possible and tuck away any visible ends with the back side of your needle.
10 - Repeat Saddle Stitch
Repeat Steps 5-9 on three remaining corners.
11 - Final Burnish
Burnish the outer edges
12 - Mold Leather
Gently mould the holder to give the curve a nice rounded shape.
Ta-daa! Great job - you have now finished your personally crafted .Ar:ti|sans Pencil Case and are ready to fill it with your art supplies! Why not also create the Pencil Pot and Desk Tidy to create a cohesive leather stationary set for your desk?
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P.S. Did you recognise our Keyring Kit wrapped in your thread? Now you can practice your leathercraft skills further by crafting your very own leather keyring! Click here to access the Keyring Craft Kit instructions blog.