Corral your desk’s loose papers and odds and ends in a chic yet simple-to-assemble shallow leather box.
Photography: Ryan K Liebe
Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2014
Railroad striped denim, by Robert Kaufman, bandjfabrics.com
Economy single shoulder of leather, 4–5 oz., tandyleatherfactory.com
Deluxe rotary leather punch, tandyleatherfactory.com
HeatnBond ultrahold iron-on adhesive, thermowebonline.com
Suede lace cord, 3 mm, fusionbeads.com
Smaller Catchall Variation
To make a smaller catchall, create a 5 1/2-by-6 1/2-inch version of catchall template on paper, then follow remaining instructions in how-to.
Single shoulder of leather, 4 to 5 ounces
Lightweight denim, 3.75 ounces
Iron-on adhesive, such as HeatnBond
Awl or rotary punch
Suede cord or waxed twine, 1/2 yard
Following dimensions in diagram, create a template on paper; cut out. Trace onto leather and cut out with craft knife.
Fuse fabric to leather with iron-on adhesive; fabric should be about 1/2 inch larger than leather in all directions. With scissors, cut away excess fabric.
Using awl and a mallet, or rotary punch, make holes as indicated on template.
Thread needle with cord or twine. Sew a few times through a pair of holes to connect a corner. Pull tightly after each stitch, and finish with a square knot. Repeat for all corners.