How to make a leather checkbook cover
Cut three pieces of leather of your choosing. I chose a vegetable tanned 3oz. leather. Cut the big piece 8x7 and the two smaller pieces 7x3.
Get your favorite color dye, gloves, and a damp sponge. (If you want to leave it natural, skip the next two slides)
Evenly dye your pieces on the front, back and don't forget the sides, especially if you are using a thicker leather. I like using a damp sponge as my applicator. You can use a wool dauber, paper towel, soft cotton t-shirt, or you can be extra creative and use leather paint with a paint brush!
Dye the leather until you get your desired look. Remember, this is yours, so own it!
Apply of layer of adhesive around the two short edges of the wrong side on the 8x7 piece of leather. Here I used Leather Craft Cement because the leather is just 3oz. and I didn't need anything to heavy, plus it will not gum up my needle.
Place the 7x3 onto the adhesive side, making sure the good side is facing up.
I use clips to hold the pieces in place until it dries. You can also use heavy books to lay on top of your leather, clips are just easier for me.
Now decide on how you are going to sew it together. My leather is thin, so I am running it under my sewing machine. I am using an universal leather needle and a #69 bonded nylon thread. If you are using thicker leather, you can choose to hand stitch, my favorite hand stitching is a saddle stitch. (that will be my next tutorial)
I like to put my finishing sheen on after I sew the cover. That way if there are any dye touch ups that need to be done, I can do so. Here I used an Eco-Flo Satin Sheen. I made sure it got all in the needle holes and in any crevices on the sides.
My favorite leather tool, the wood slicker. With my leather being only 3oz, I did this at the very end. I slicked all the way around the cover until the shine was beautiful.
The beautiful end results........
A checkbook cover to last a long time.
Now it is your turn. I hope this picture tutorial helps you make the coolest checkbook cover ever!