It's the holiday season...which, for many, also means the "gift card giving season" as well! Gift cards are often go to gifts, whether it be for a teacher, a co-worker, a friend...They are an easy way to ensure that the recipient gets just what they want for a gift!  But sometimes...that little paper envelope doesn't seem quite enough.  These little DIY leather wallets are simple to make and make giving gift cards feel even more "gifty".

To make...you will need:  leather and felt scraps, snaps (I used both leather snaps and anorak snaps), sewing machine, tapestry needle, embroidery floss (I used butcher's twine), D-ring, hammer and nails.

To begin you will need to cut out two pieces of leather 4" x 2.75" for the wallet.  You will also need to cut out a small strip of leather that is big enough for your snap.  Cut a small semi-circle out of the top center of the front of your wallet.  Attach one side of the snap just below the semi-circle cut out and the other to one end of the leather strip.  Hold front and back of wallet wrong sides together and fold the other side of your snap strip to the backside of the wallet.  Hold in place and sew...

Round off snap tab corners if desired.  

Next, sew the wallet closed.  You can simply edge stitch along the sides and bottom with your sewing machine.

Or, if the kids want to get involved...

You can have them hand stitch the wallets closed.  

First, make the holes for them using a hammer and nail...

Make sure the holes are large enough for the needle (we used a blunt tipped tapestry needle) and eye to fit through.  Then tie a knot in your thread, leaving it sandwiched between the front and back of the wallet and stitch around the wallet, tying a knot the other end as well. 

You can also add a small piece of felt along one side of the wallet with a D-ring attached for keys...Simply hammer holes in the felt as well...

And, just like that you are done!

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Tuck your gift card in...

Snap it up...

And give...

Enjoy!  And Happy Holidays! 

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