Instructions to Make a Leather Wallet

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Instructions to Make a Leather Wallet
A handmade leather wallet makes a great gift for any occasion. (wallet and English money image by Warren Millar from

If you are looking for a gift idea for a special man in your life, consider making him a leather wallet. This may sound complicated, but it is relatively simple and inexpensive. Additionally, a wallet can easily be personalised to make it unique gift that is appropriate for any occasion.

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Things you need

  • Leather wallet kit
  • Leather plate stamp
  • Mallet
  • Water
  • Leather sealer
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Choose a leather wallet kit. Amorosity recommends kits because of their simplicity and the increased likelihood that the finished product will be uniformly constructed. Kits also allow for a wide variety of features and come in prestamped or unstamped varieties. They are widely available online. The kit should contain a pattern, a needle, waxed thread, a preassembled leather interior piece, and a prepunched leather back, or cover, according to Made Man.

  2. 2

    Prepare the leather to be stamped. In order to stamp the wallet yourself (optional), you will need to soak the leather wallet cover in water, states Made Man. Let the leather air dry. It should be cool to your touch before you proceed.

  3. 3

    Decide whether you want a light or deep impression on the wallet. The deeper the imprint you desire, the heavier the mallet you will need to use, according to Made Man. Place the stamp on the skin side of the leather wallet cover. Start by positioning the stamp and marking its position. Hold the stamp firmly and hit it with the mallet to make the stamp imprint.

  4. 4

    Apply leather sealer to the stamped wallet. This makes the wallet moisture-proof.

  5. 5

    Assemble the pieces of the wallet. Any necessary holes will already be in place, since you are using a kit. Made Man advises threading the needle with a lace or waxed thread. Continue following the holes to sew the wallet together. At the last hole, tie a large enough knot to keep the thread or lace in place.

Tips and warnings

  • A personalised stamp may be more expensive than you would like. If you prefer not to stamp the wallet yourself, you can buy a kit for one that is prestamped or plain, says Made Man.

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