Materials • 8" x 8" suede square (on the thicker side, at least 4 oz.) • Brass studs with prongs, like these from Tandy Leather, in various sizes Tools • Awl or other piercing object (I used a very large upholstery needle) • needle nose pliers Instructions:
1. Print out your chosen design on a piece of paper, then tape it in place on your square of leather. I used Adobe Illustrator to map it out in advance.
2. Using your sharp object of choice, pierce two holes where the studs prongs will go.
3. Push each stud through the holes and into place.
4. Flip the leather over, exposing the prongs. Using the pliers, bend the prongs as flat as possible against the leather.
(images: Dabney Frake)