Create irresistibly chic accessories with bits of tooling leather and colorful lanyards—those bright strips of plastic often used for camp crafts. If you're only planning to make one of the projects here, purchase a precut 8-1/2" x 11" piece of tooling leather; for multiple projects invest in an economy single leather shoulder. Both can easily be cut using a craft knife and our templates to make a mouse pad, card wallet, pen case, or sleeve for an iPad.
Photography: Johnny Miller
Martha Stewart Living, July 2012
Download desired template; cut out. Place template on leather, trace, and cut out.
To mark where to punch holes, again place template on leather piece, and use a T pin to prick through template (where holes are indicated). Use a leather punch to make holes.
For the card wallet, iPad sleeve, and pen case, fold the leather according to template instructions. Starting at a corner, lace through the holes with a whip stitch. Sandwich ends of lacing between the leather; secure with glue.