Leather has become one of my favorite materials with which to work. Even though tracking it down can feel like a pain (although I’ve shared some tips below), working with leather is sort of a dream. It’s super durable. It has many of the creative flexibilities of fabric but…no fraying! And the textures are amazing. While this project creates a practical storage system for mail and notes, its real value is in its showcase of three lovely leather textures and colors. (And, if leather isn’t your thing, vinyl is a great alternative with almost all the same benefits!) –Mandy Pellegrin
Click through for the full how-to after the jump…
-brass nails/escutcheon pins
My wood plank is a 1×8 cut down to 20″. If woodworking isn’t your thing, the hardware store will happily cut it down for you. If you need leather, Etsy is a wonderful place to source samples and scraps for small craft projects like this one. The brass nails/escutcheon pins are an easy find in the hardware aisle of your local hardware store.
1. Depending on the size of your plank and leather, you may need to cut your leather to size using a utility knife, ruler, and cutting surface. My plank is about 7.25″ wide, so I cut my leather to 6.5″ wide by 10″ tall.
2. Begin to attach the storage pockets to the wood by laying the first piece of leather face down an inch or so from the top edge of the plank. Hammer a brass nail into place at the top center of the leather. To avoid smashing your fingers, hold the nail in place with a set of pliers.
3. Fold the leather in half, and secure each of the top corners with nails.
4. Repeat with the other two pieces of leather ensuring to evenly space the pockets.