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.
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, truevalue.com)
- Round brass tube (K&S brass metal round tube, 3/8" by 12", $3, acehardware.com)
- Wool felt
- Fabric pen
- Leather punch (ArtMinds leather punch, $11, michaels.com)
- Leather lace cord (Bead Landing deerskin lace cording, 3/16", in Saddle Tan, $9 for 4 yd., michaels.com)
Measure shelf. With tubing cutter, cut brass tube to half that length.
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.
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.