I’m so lucky to be married to a saddle maker. And I’m quite lucky to have access to his shop (i.e. its in the house). Sometimes I get to do fun things like take some of his leather for my own projects!
As you already know, I’m a major bargain shopper. I generally keep my coupons in a plain white envelope however I’m having to replace the envelope often because of how beaten up it gets. That’s when Nate suggested that I make a coupon holder out of leather.
He really is a genius.
I tore apart the envelope to create my pattern. Found some ‘scrap’ leather from around the shop. Added on a small pouch to the front for my supermarket cards. And then used Nate’s industrial sewing machines to sew it up. To finish it, we added a snap and I oiled the leather.
I can’t wait to go shopping!
I don’t have a pattern but I had to share the shower curtain cause I am so proud of it!
I love it more in person than in the picture, but sometimes that happens I guess!
Basically, all I did was take the left over fabric from when I made the curtains for our house. I had way more blue then the other fabric however not enough to make it to the bottom. So I sewed the second fabric on top and then again on bottom to make it long enough. After that I spaced out the grommets along the top.
I was reading Better Homes & Gardens and they had a link to some of their favorite blogs so I was checking them out when I found Mandi at Vintage Revivals. At the very top of her blog was a leather magazine rack and I loved it. There is almost no space in our bedroom and I’ve been wanting something to keep books in by my side of the bed so that very day I created my own.
Even though we have a ton of leather sitting around our house I didn’t want to use something that Nate could use for his business, so instead I found some old fabric that I have and made that into my own magazine rack.
I followed a lot of Mandi’s instructions so please check out her site if you would like full instructions. Where I did change it up was to sew 2 fabrics together, inside out, of course. When I turned it right side out it was super wrinkled so I ironed it before I put the grommets on it. I did use scrap leather for the handles and Nate helped me make the knot, its one he uses often on saddles.
Its holding my books beautifully!