DIY Leather card case

Leather card case for the essentials

Leather card case for all of the essentials

You’re heading out for a long ride and your jersey pockets are packed with a patch kit, a pump, an energy bar, perhaps even a spare tube.  Do you really want to stuff your ‘George Costanza wallet’ in there too?  Last year I made a card case to carry the essentials.  My:

Health Card
Driver’s License
Starbucks card (or other coffee card)
Key fob (for entry into my building)
$20 cash (in case something goes slightly wrong)
Visa (in case something goes horribly wrong)

Well, it would seem that my card case was lost, or unfortunately stolen (by a coffee shop employee – long story) last November, so I have been without one ever since.  Yesterday I thought it time to make a new one.  Here are the basic steps if you want to make one for yourself:

Wet mold a piece of veggie tan leather around your stack of cards

Wet mold a piece of veggie tan leather around your stack of cards

Trim off the excess leather and channel cut for your stitching

Trim off the excess leather and channel cut for your stitching

Dye the leather with the colour of your choice.  I went with a dark mahogany.

Dye the leather with the colour of your choice. I went with a dark mahogany.

Glue the edges using contact cement and saddle stitch.  I choose a braided nylon thread as its very durable and the red stitching adds a nice contrast.

Glue the edges using contact cement, mark and punch the holes and then saddle stitch. I use a braided nylon thread as its very durable and the red stitching adds a nice contrast.

Voila!  A card case to last a lifetime!

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About eatpedalpaddle

I am an avid cyclist, canoeist, personal trainer, holistic lifestyle coach and certified nutritional practitioner in Toronto, Ontario.

2 responses to “DIY Leather card case

  1. This is really lovely – very clever indeed!
    Emma.

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