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.
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.
Paul from The Railroad Leather Co. showed Apartment Therapy readers how to create this leather valet tray in a reader project post.
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...
...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?
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.
Have you ever worked with leather to create something for your home?