How to Make Leather Straps

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How to Make Leather Straps
A leather strap has nearly infinite uses. (leather strip image by Andrzej Włodarczyk from

Leather straps have many uses in many different applications. There are an infinite number of uses for a leather strap, including being used as belts, trunk straps and instrument straps and in clothing. You can make leather straps for all of these uses or for your own personalised use. Making a leather strap is a simple process, but it is time consuming and takes some specialised skills and tools. Making a leather strap is a process best completed over a period of several days.

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Things you need

  • 5 or 6 oz. weight smooth leather (real or faux)
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Soft sponge
  • Leather stamping tools
  • Rubber mallet
  • Leather oil dye
  • Flannel
  • Small wood block
  • Leather punch (optional)
  • Leather needle
  • Heavy waxed thread
  • Buckles or buttons (optional)

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  1. 1

    Make a pattern for your strap on paper. Straps thinner than 1 inch may crack or break, so keep the strap 1 inch thick or larger for best results.

  2. 2

    Lay the paper pattern over the leather and cut out the strap with a sharp utility knife.

  3. 3

    Place the leather on a hard surface. Dampen the top of the leather with a soft sponge. Wait about 5 minutes and then tool your chosen design into the top of the leather. Use a rubber mallet to hit the stamp to depress the leather. Allow the leather to dry for several hours after you have finished stamping it.

  4. 4

    Dye the strap with your chosen colour of dye. Oil-based dyes work well with leather. Use a wood block wrapped in flannel to sponge the dye onto the leather. Wait for the dye to dry for about 1 hour and then apply another coat if desired. Apply as many coats as you want to achieve the colour that you want.

  5. 5

    Use a leather punch to add holes to the leather so that you can add buckles or other attachments to the leather. If you do not want to put holes in the strap, skip this step.

  6. 6

    Use leather needed and waxed thread to sew the ends of the strap together. You can sew a button or buckle to the end of the strap or sew the ends together to make a leather strap circle. You can also sew the leather strap to another piece of fabric or even another piece of leather.

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