How Can I Make a Leather Wrist Brace?

A leather wrist brace is a sturdy piece of leather that wraps around the wrist and the bottom part of the hand so that the wrist is stabilised. You can make the brace as short or as long as you desire by modifying the pattern. A wrist brace is useful for keeping the wrist stationary, such as in the case of a minor sprain, or for a costume, such as a medieval soldier or knight's costume. You can also use the braces as an unusual accessories in everyday wear. This simple project can be completed in about one day.

Draw the outline of the brace that you want on a piece of paper. Make sure to make the brace long enough to fit a portion of it over your thumb to support your wrist. You can stop the brace just beyond your wrist or as far up as your elbow.

Measure the width of your wrist. Add this measurement to the drawing so that it will be wide enough to fit over your wrist when cut out from leather. Cut out the pattern and wrap it around your arm to test the fit. Adjust the pattern as necessary for a proper fit.

Cut out the pattern from the leather. Cut out an opening in the leather for your thumb.

Punch out an even number of holes on each side of the leather. Make the holes large enough to slide a shoelace through.

Thread the shoelaces through the braces just like you would for a shoe. Loosen the laces slightly and slip the brace over your wrist. Tighten the laces and tie the ends into a knot or bow to hole the brace securely in place.


You can also make this project with faux leather if you prefer. Add decorative accents to the leather with the awl or some other leather-working tool to give the brace more visual interest.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Flexible leather
  • Utility knife
  • Awl
  • Hammer
  • 2 shoelaces
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About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.