My brother and his girlfriend just got engaged (yay!), so we wanted to give them a gift as a congratulations on their engagement. They have both always preferred hand made gifts over the store bought kind, so I wanted to make them something special.
I’ve been propagating succulents for a year or so now and thought sharing some new baby succulents with them would be a nice gift, with the sentiment that they can watch something grow just like the next chapter in their lives.
To switch it up, I thought it’d be nice to make a leather holder for the succulent pots out of (what else? My favorite) leather.
You will need:
-leather piece, preferably with a little bit of structure, I used natural veg tanned leather
-piece of cardstock
-waxed thread for Speedy Stitcher
-leather hole puncher
-small binder clips (optional)
The next few steps walk you through how to make a paper pattern for the leather holder, but it’s a little tedious, so don’t worry! I’ve added the finished pattern at the bottom of the instructions that you can print out so you can skip all of my potentially confusing directions below (apologies in advance!).
Draw your base: Measure the width of the base of the votive and the length of all of the votive bases when they are placed next to each other and draw a rectangle on the card stock based on those measurements. This is the base for your votive holder.
Draw your side flaps: Measure the height of the votives and draw a rectangle off of each side of the center (base) rectangle making them the height of your votives. This creates the sides of your votive holder.
If your votives are angled at the base, you have to make the sides of your pattern angled as well. Take the width measurement of the bottom of your votive and minus that from the measurement of the top of your votive and divide it in half (top width – bottom width /2). Measure that amount out from the top edge of one of your “sides” and make a mark. Repeat this on all sides.
Add your seam allowance: We’re almost there! The last step is to add some seam allowance to all of your side flap edges for your stitching. Add ¼ inch of seam allowance to all side flap edges (not to the top edges).
If you want to check your pattern: lightly score along all of the stitch lines and fold the pattern up around your votives. You can use your binder clips to hold the seam allowance flaps together to make sure your votives fit properly.
Line up two edges of your project and use the leather hole puncher to make a line of stitching holes all the way through both layers of leather. Make sure to punch the holes ¼ inch away from the edge (this is what you seam allowance is for).
Take your Speedy Stitcher and pull out enough thread that is about 1.5-2 times the length of the edge you’re about to stitch. Push the needle through the lowest hole and pull the thread all the way through. Pull the needle out.
Pass the piece of thread through the loop and pull the needle the rest of the way out. Go to the next hole, pass the needle through the hole and repeat the above steps until you get to the end of the stitch line.
Once you’ve stitched all of your holes, cut the thread coming out of the Speedy Stitcher with two inches of excess and pass both threads inward so they are sticking out towards the inside of your project.
Push the darning needle through the stitching line you just did and pull the needle out so the threads are sticking out of the leather seam. Give the threads a tug so they’re nice and taut.
Repeat the above steps on each side of your project.