Published on December 16th, 2015 | by makesupply1
Make A Folded Leather Card Holder – Free Template – Build Along Video Tutorial
This is a build along video for the folded leather card holder template. This tutorial will assume you have some basic previous experience in leatherworking.
Also available as an acrylic template!
Usage Note: You are free to use this card holder design to create and even sell the end product. However, you cannot re-distribute this template in any form.
Need help with hand-stitching? Check out our saddle stitch tutorial.
Inventory of Tools
- 110-Lb Card Stock Paper
- No.2 X-ACTO Knife
- Wing Divider
- C.S. Osborne Scratch Awl
- Tandy Pro-Line Diamond Stitching Chisels – 3mm / 4 Prong
- Tandy Pro-Line Diamond Stitching Chisels – 3mm / 2 Prong
- Tandy Stitching Needles
- Wood Slicker
- Edge beveler
- 15″ Cork Back Metal Ruler
- Royalwood Waxed Irish Linen Thread – 7ply – Natural
- Rubber Cement
- Various Grit Sandpaper (120 grit and 240 grit)
- Rubber Mallet
- Leathercraft Wax
- Fiebing’s Saddle Soap
- Cup of water
Leather Selection Suggestions
In this video we used 2 different leathers. The cover is whiskey Shinki Hikaku Shell Cordovan that is roughly 4oz. thick. The card slots are 3-4oz. Q-Tan Lite Bridle Leather sourced from Thoroughbred Leather. You can find more info about ordering from Thoroughbred Leather check out this post.
For this card holder I would suggest anywhere from 2oz to 5oz for the outer cover and anywhere from 2oz to 4oz for the card slots. If you had to choose an “all-around” weight that would work well for all pieces it would be 3/4 oz.
If you are not using a vegetable tanned leather to create this flap wallet your edge finishing guidelines will probably be different. Chrome-tanned leathers and extremely soft leathers like sheepskin are difficult and sometimes impossible to burnish by hand. If you would like to follow this tutorial to spec, we would suggest acquiring a burnish-able vegetable tanned leather.