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Supple Key Sleeve

Some things only get better with age, like a vintage sports car or briefcase. The same goes for these key sleeves, which will weather and soften to perfection the longer they’re used.

Supple Key Sleeve

Photography: MARIA ROBLEDO

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2013

Introduction

Make them in multiples for all your family members and you can be certain they’ll think about you at least twice a day (when locking and unlocking the front door).

Bespoke Touch

This is the sort of unique gift that you wouldn’t give to someone unless you’d made it. Personalize it with stitching and cord in the recipient’s favorite color.

Sources

Premium upholstery leather remnants, $20 a lb., tandyleatherfactory.com
Embroidery floss, by DMC Cotton, $1 for 16.4 yd., joann.com
Heavy-duty punch, $15, and screw punch, $25; by Martha Stewart Crafts, michaels.com

materials

  • White pen

  • Leather, 2- to 3-ounce weight

  • Micropunch

  • Screw punch

  • Embroidery floss and needle

  • Cord

  • Key ring

steps

  1. Print and cut out template. With white pen, trace template onto leather; cut out. Using dots on template as a guide, make markings on leather with pen. With micropunch, make a hole at each white dot. With screw punch, make cord hole as indicated on template.

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  2. Fold leather in half and align small holes on one side (do not worry that other side doesn’t align). Leaving a 2-inch tail and starting from the inside, sew a running stitch of floss through holes, upward to fold. At top, reverse direction and sew through same holes, creating a solid line of stitching. To finish, knot ends of floss on inside and weave through existing stitches. Align other side and repeat.

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