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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

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

-box cutter

-ruler

-pen

-piece of cardstock

-Speedy Stitcher

-waxed thread for Speedy Stitcher

-darning needle

-leather hole puncher

-hammer

-cutting mat

-containers/votives

-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!).

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderDraw 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderDraw 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderIf 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderDraw a line from the mark down to where side flaps meet. This compensates for the angle of the votive.

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).

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder Ok! We’re there. Cut out the entire pattern.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderHere’s the finished pattern, if you bought the same votives that I did from Michaels and want to skip the above steps. Make sure to print it on 11” x 17” paper true to size.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderIf 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderLay the pattern on to your leather piece and trace the pattern onto the leather piece.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderCut out the leather piece (try to cut on the inside of the lines, so you aren’t left with any ink marks on your leather).

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderLine 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).

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderTake 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder Push the needle through the second hole and pull the needle backwards to create a loop.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderDo a few box stitches. Take the thread edges and put them through the eye of your darning needle.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderPush 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.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderTrim the threads as close to the leather edge as possible.

Repeat the above steps on each side of your project.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

That’s it! I used my embossing die to emboss my logo in to the underside.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holdermkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderHere are my parent succulents that I propagated the baby succulents from. I love how wild and all over the place they’ve gotten.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderSuch a strange juxtaposition: How neat and orderly the babies are in their new votives and how wild their parents are. I love how the babies will grow and change over the course of their lives.

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holder

mkl michelleklare michelle liebmann succulent leather votive holderYou can put candles in your votives, but I love how it looks with these new baby succulents!