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Brass-and-Leather Handles

Take hold and lift up to reveal the treasures hidden in this shelf-turned-cabinet. Here, glossy brass and smooth leather make a stylish pairing for the handle on these felt covers.

modular storage shelf overall

Photography: NGOC MINH NGO

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2017


  • Measuring tape
  • Micro tubing cutter (Superior Tool Company 1/8-to-5/8-inch mini tubing cutter, $6.50,
  • Round brass tube (K&S brass metal round tube, 3/8" by 12", $3,
  • Wool felt
  • Fabric pen
  • Leather lace cord (Bead Landing deerskin lace cording, 3/16", in Saddle Tan, $9 for 4 yd.,
  • Scissors


  1. Measure shelf. With tubing cutter, cut brass tube to half that length.
  2. Find center of felt. Measure up 1 inch from bottom and center brass tube there. With pen, mark felt at 1 inch and 1 1/2 inches from ends on both sides. Using a leather punch, punch four 3.2-millimeter holes in felt at markings.
  3. Cut two 12-inch pieces of leather cord with scissors. Knot one end of one piece and thread through an outer hole to front side of felt; wrap around brass tube 5 times. Thread cord back through adjacent hole to back side, knot, and trim excess. Repeat to secure other end of brass tube.

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