Your New Hobby: 7 DIY Leather Working Projects (That Don't Look DIY)

Your New Hobby: 7 DIY Leather Working Projects (That Don't Look DIY)

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Taryn Williford
Aug 16, 2015
(Image credit: Brittany Makes)

Leather working is easier than you think. The tools are relatively inexpensive, the tutorials are easy to follow along with, and the finished product always looks upscale, polished and–dare we say–not like a "DIY" at all.

If you're looking to make decor pieces around your home, here are a few leather goods to get started on. You don't have to stop here, though. There's a big world of leather craft hobbyists out there, with plenty of beginner DIY projects to go around. Who knows, you might even have found yourself a new hobby!

Above: This leather pouf/ottoman was sewn together by Brittany of Brittany Makes for her son's nursery.

(Image credit: Valerie Wilcox)

House & Home Design Editor Sarah Hartill crafted this soft storage basket from strips of cut leather and a rivet setter. You can see from the photo how it comes together, but there's detailed instructions in the August issue of House & Home.

(Image credit: Railroad Leather Co.)

Paul from The Railroad Leather Co. showed Apartment Therapy readers how to create this leather valet tray in a reader project post.

(Image credit: Kristi Murphy)

Blogger Kristi Murphy bought a $25 couch at Goodwill just for the leather, and fashioned together this slouchy, boho storage bin for her living room...

(Image credit: Kristi Murphy)

...then Kristi made this leather sling back chair, with an IKEA beach chair and some more leather from the couch. Anybody else thinking they want to check Goodwill for a cheap leather sofa right now?

(Image credit: Matt/Design Sponge)

Then there's this woven bench that Matt of Wood and Faulk made for Design Sponge. It requires some woodworking, too. But once you become a leather pro and a wood pro... well, you're in the DIY big leagues then.

(Image credit: Claire Zinnecker)


For now, here's a wood and leather project that's a little simpler, from Claire Zinnecker for Camille Styles: a wood shelf suspended from leather straps.

Have you ever worked with leather to create something for your home?

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