Ready to make your own studded leather wallet? Check out the materials list and basic instructions below, and then take a look at our design ideas for inspiration. Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on it!
- 8.5 x 11 inch piece of leather or suede (or try felt!)
- Studded Pouch Pattern
- 10 – 50 cones or spikes. 3/8″ or 5/16″
- Xacto knife, box cutter or other knife
- Safe cutting surface
- Multi-surface paint (optional)
1. Print and cut out the DIY Studded Leather Pouch Pattern (pdf)
2. Trace the pattern on the side of the leather that you want to be inside. Cut out the leather shape using scissors.
3. On a safe cutting surface (protect your table!) make a small slit where each prong of the studs will pass through. These are marked as white dots on the pattern.
4. Once you’ve made all of the slits, assemble the pouch INSIDE OUT. To do this, first insert each stud into the ‘bottom’ section of the leather. Remember that the part where the dome/stud is visible will be the outside, so make sure any pen marks are on the inside. Then fold up the bottom flap and fold the small ‘side flaps’ ON TOP of it. Push the prongs through the slits in the leather.
5. Once you are certain everything is lined up correctly, begin pressing the prongs down to secure the leather. Use a flat metal object like the blunt end of an Xacto knife.
6. Once all of the studs are secured, turn the pouch right side out!
Now that you know the basics, personalize your DIY studded wallet to reflect your style. The customization options are endless!
We used all-surface paint (Martha Stewart craft paints are perfect for this), tape, stencils and added additional studs to these designs.
This design was painted directly on the leather using metallic gold and purple paint. First we taped off the larger gold area and painted it. Once it dried we taped off the smaller purple area and painted it. (Masking tape is perfect for this job, but washi tape doubles in a pinch!)
You can also use stickers or stencils to paint a custom design like this 1871.
On this pouch we added a studded border around the front flap.
Then we added blue accents by taping off a stripe inside the the pouch and used a small brush to add blue edge detail around the cut edges of the leather.
In this last example we went crazy with the gold paint and covered the entire outside of the leather.
We also added a center stripe of studs for a super glam, metallic accent.
How will you finish your pouch? We can’t wait to see! Don’t forget to share your results with us on Facebook!