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Scrap Project: Making Leather Cord Keepers

If you work with leather, I am sure you are all too familiar with those tiny scraps that pile up. You know the ones - too small for a bag, yet we can't bring ourselves to throw away "good leather", so we collect them all. There they sit...and sit...and sit in that growing pile. Well, good news! We have another scrap project for you that is not only quick and useful, but it is a great way to use up even the tiniest leather scraps.


Now let's talk about the other mounting pile we tend to have hanging around - cords, cables, and chargers. I don't know about you, but mine are rarely organized, and somehow always tangled. If this is also you, this cord keeper project is a win-win. You will get to knock down that scrap pile a bit AND tame your cords, cables, and chargers!


There are numerous ways to make cord keepers from small scraps. In the first video, we will make a basic fold-over style with a snap (two size options). In the second video, we will use a scrap of leather and a button stud to make an adjustable version that will work well for cords of various lengths and thicknesses. These are super easy, and they require very little time and materials to make.


** Click HERE for the downloadable templates. **



VIDEO #1: Fold-Over Cord Keepers with Snap (2 sizes)


Materials and Supplies

  • One 12.5mm Snap (we used a spring snap)

  • Leather Hole Punch (we used 1.5mm and 2.5mm)

  • Craft Knife (or Small Slot Punch)

  • Mallet

  • Leather (4-5 oz): {Small: ¾” W x 4” H} or {Large: 2" W x 4" H}

  • (Optional) Arc-Shaped Punch (15mm) for curving corners - or cut using template

Grab your downloadable templates (link highlighted in yellow above) and let's get going!





VIDEO #2: Adjustable Cord Keepers


Materials & Supplies

  • ONE Button Stud

  • Buttonhole Punch or Drive Punch and Craft Knife (or Tiny Slot Punch)

  • Small/Precision Screwdriver

  • Mallet & Punch Pad (for protecting punch tools)

  • Strip of 5 oz Leather (We used ¾” W x 7 ¾” H)

  • (Optional) Arc-Shaped and/or V-Shaped Punch for Shaping ends of Leather

Let's get started!





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