Beginner | 14 min
Taught by Elke Bergeron
Learn how to make a super simple, stylish key fob with basic leather-working tools. Elke Bergeron shows you how to turn your strap into a wristlet, or add a clip to attach it to your favorite clutch. This quick class is a great introduction to leather working, and a fun way to practice your skills.
 
Learn how to:
  • Use a strap cutter to evenly cut leather strips
  • Use an end punch to finish the ends of your strap
  • Use an edge beveller to round out raw edges
  • Use an edge burnisher to soften and smooth out beveled edges
  • Condition your leather
  • Use a leather punch to create rivet holes
  • Secure a rivet through the leather to create a loop around a key ring 
What you’ll get:
  • Learn how to work with leather and leather-working tool by making a stylish key fobStep-by-step instruction on making a leather key fab and wristlet
  • Detailed supply list
  • Expert instruction from Elke Bergeron
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students

Chapters
Leather key fob Introduction
00:24
Make a Leather Key Fob or Wristlet Strap
14:12
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Natural veg-tan belting quality leather (about 8-9 oz), long enough to make a key fob
  • Poly board
  • Rivet setter
  • Edge burnisher
  • Poly hammer
  • Two sponges (or one sponge cut in half)
  • Small jar of water
  • Key ring
  • Rivet (to match your key ring)
  • ½” end punch
  • Leather punch to match the size of your rivet post (Elke uses 1/8” punch)
  • Tailor’s awl
  • Edge beveller (#4)
  • Strap cutter
  • Leather conditioner
  • Tape measure
Discussion
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Transcript
Quick Classes
Metallic Leather Bracelet
Elke Bergeron
Leather bracelets have a warmth and luxury to them, and it is easier than you may think to make your own. In this class, Elke shows how to make a stylish wrap bracelet with a chic metallic gold finish. Using leather working tools like a strap cutter and a beveler, she shows you how to cut the leather evenly and bevel the edges, which gives the bracelet a professional, polished look. Once the leather has been cut out, you will paint the strap, punch holes in either end, and attach a button stud to create the closure. The tools and materials required for this project are inexpensive and easy to find, making it a perfect first project for a beginning leather-worker. Cut out several leather strips at once and whip up a batch to give as gifts to friends, or keep the whole stack for yourself!
Crochet Hat Formula
Cal Patch
Using basic crochet stitches, Cal Patch shows you how to work in the round and make a hat in any size you like. This customizable hat is the perfect way to practice new skills, like increasing and slipstitching. With this one formula, you can go on to crochet hats in different sizes, yarn weights and colors for all of your loved ones.
Charcoal Blending Tools
Lisa Solomon
Learn how to create velvety lines and ghost-like shading with charcoal and blending tools. Lisa Solomon demonstrates the qualities of compressed black and white charcoal and charcoal pencils using blending stumps, a kneaded eraser and a chamois. At the end, you’ll learn how to use them all together to create volume and depth.
 
Boho Leather Cuff
Elke Bergeron
You’ll never look at leather belts in the same way after this class. Elke shows you how to take an old or thrifted belt and transform it into a modern leather cuff. You can keep the cuff unadorned or add a few rows of delicate beading to give it a boho vibe.
The Physics of Sewing
Natalie Chanin
In this workshop, Natalie shares some of the old wives’ tales that she’s heard about stitching over the years and the truths that each tale reveals for smoother and easier hand sewing. After watching this workshop, you’ll have a deeper appreciation of the physics that determine how cotton jersey and thread behave and you’ll be ready to get stitching by hand.

 
Journal of Family Life
Amy Karol
Capture and elevate the small, everyday moments of family life with this workshop. Amy offers her trademark no-stress approach to creating a customized family journal to preserve family photos, jot down milestones, and record special stories. Amy's philosophy is that documenting memories should never be stressful, time-consuming or precious. In this class, she shares her quick and easy approach.
 
How to Knit Dishcloths
Wendy Bernard
A dishcloth knitted with pure linen transforms an ordinary rag into a luxurious textile. Wendy Bernard demonstrates how to work with linen yarn to create a washcloth with an i-cord loop for hanging. The linen fiber resists mildew, is great for scrubbing, and gets softer with every use. This quick knitting project is a fun way to try out new stitch patterns—several of which are included in the PDF. Make a stack to give as a gift, or keep them for your own daily use.
 
Beeswax Collage
Courtney Cerruti
Learn how to turn simple blocks of wood, photocopies and beeswax into personal works of art. With their lived-in patina, these storyblocks offer endless options to personalize. Courtney will teach you specific techniques, along with how to best select images, and tips for composition and decoration.
Turkish Map Fold
Jody Alexander
An elegant way to fold paper, this technique has traditionally been used to fold maps. Jody deconstructs the steps to show how one piece of paper can be turned into a pop-up greeting card -- or you can combine many to create an artist’s book, decorative garland or even a crown!
Furoshiki Wine Wrap
Megumi Inouye
Spend less than five minutes learning Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese art of wrapping objects with cloth. In this workshop, Megumi shows you how to quickly and elegantly bundle two bottles of wine to bring to a picnic or give as a gift. Once you know the principles of Furoshiki, you’ll be looking for more things to wrap.
Multi-Color Screen Printing
Hilary Williams
After you know how to burn a screen, watch this workshop with Hilary to see how she creates multi-color prints on a pillowcase. Hilary’s designs include one screen that covers a large printing areas, and a second screen with finer details that she prints in two colors. This workshop will spark ideas for grouping screen prints together to take your designs to the next level of sophistication.
One Color T-shirt Printing
Hilary Williams
After you know how to burn a screen, watch Hilary screen print a hand-drawn design onto different size tee-shirts. Learn how to mark registration to print on different sizes, and see how to pull textile ink back and forth to work in into fabric, which behaves differently than paper. You’ll be printing your own textiles in no time.
Found Necklace
Lisa Coris
This workshop will open your eyes to the possibilities of finding necklace materials beyond the bead store. Lisa’s philosophy of creating bright, accessible jewelry shines through as she teaches you how to creatively repurpose existing necklaces along with tricks for simple strung necklaces.
Herringbone Necklace
Lisa Coris
Go on a field trip with Lisa as she sources vintage beads in her favorite bead shop. This simple necklace combines an unusual variety of beads, from brass to coconut to plastic. No jewelry tools required, just a love of exploring color and trust that working without a plan can lead to exciting color and texture combinations.
Unknitting
Jill Draper
If you know the knitting basics, but haven’t learned yet how to fix any mistakes you make, this quick workshop is for you. Jill slowly shows you how to remove knit stiches and purl stitches, as well as how to recover dropped stitches in your knitting projects. After you learn these simple techniques, you’ll become a more confident and capable knitter!
Wire Wrapping
Alix Bluh
Learn how to create your own charms with gems, wire and basic jewelry tools. Alix Bluh will teach you three different kinds of wire wrapping in this workshop that you can then apply to personalize your own jewelry creations.
Carving Rubber Stamps
Christine Schmidt
With simple carving tools and your design sensibilities, you can carve a custom set of stamps to add personality and zip to stationery, textiles and more. Christine shows you how to transfer a design and which tools to use, to celebrate the charm and imperfections of printing by hand.
DIY Stamp Pad
Christine Schmidt
Learn how to create your own stamp pad so you aren’t limited to the colors of stamp pads available in stores. With Christine’s tips, you can create your own custom colors and DIY stamp pad in a snap.
Luminaria: Candle Shades
Kelly Wilkinson
Bring nature indoors with these simple, sweet lanterns that emit a lovely diffused light for any holiday table. These waxed paper lanterns come together quickly and easily and show off pressed flowers and leaves in a modern, casual way.
Orizomegami
Jody Alexander
Orizomegami is the Japanese art of decorating papers by folding and dipping them into pools of natural dyes. By folding the paper in a variety of ways, patterns emerge which are reminiscent of stained windows and depending on the number and placement of the folds, you can create more complex patterns.
Kaleidoscope Gift Wrap
Megumi Inouye
If you’re like most of the crafty folks we know, you likely have a lot of scraps of paper in your crafty stash. In this workshop, Megumi shows you how to make a gorgeous (and simple) flat paper “bow” with simple folds. You can limit your palette or mix in a range of patterns for dramatically different effects.
Intro to Stenciling
Natalie Chanin
Stenciling on cotton jersey is at the core of all of Natalie’s designs for Alabama Chanin. In this workshop, Natalie will teach you how to create the cut stencil and then apply the paint that becomes the guide for all her designs. You’ll see Natalie’s tried-and-true method of air brushing the stencil onto fabric, as well as simple alternatives that use basic materials.
Mishima
Diana Fayt
Mishima is an inlay technique where you draw on the surface of clay, inlay color into the lines of the drawing, and wipe the color away—creating a beautiful design as elaborate or simple as you wish.

 
Pom Pom Garlands
Hello!Lucky
Dyed pale pink, these ethereal coffee filter pom-poms resemble cabbage roses, and they have a dramatic impact when hung in strands. Because of the dyeing and drying time, start this project early, working in batches — especially if you anticipate needing a large number of strands. Hang them in your living room, over your dinner table, or in your cocktail area for instant DIY delight!
Finger Knitting
Amelia Strader
Want to get your craft on with nothing more than a skein of yarn? Amelia shows you how to finger knit chains of yarn that can be turned into necklaces, bracelets, garlands and much more. Wear the chains in stacks for a modern and tactile look. Amelia teaches the sequence in a chunky yarn so it’s easy to follow along. This is a great entry-level craft for kids and kids of all ages.
Tassel Necklace
Liesl Gibson
This tassel necklace adds an opulent note to any outfit, and makes a perfect gift. Liesl shows you how to make perfect tassels and attach them to a necklace – or to the corners of home décor items such as napkins or pillows. The result is a bright pop of luxury and color that will have you looking for items to tassel up.
Embroidered Heirloom Napkins
Rebecca Ringquist
These embroidered napkins serve as a sentimental record of everyone who has gathered around your table for special meals and holidays. Rebecca shows you what kind of tools to use to gather signatures, and how to embroider those signatures or drawings onto napkins so they can be washed and used and cherished for years to come. 
 
Find Warp, Weft and Bias
Liza Lucy
Whether you are quilting or garment sewing, it’s essential to understand how a fabric’s grain line can affect the finished piece. In this super quick video, you’ll learn how to identify a fabric’s warp, weft and bias.
Kool-Aid Dyed Yarn
Melanie Falick
Put your kids' colorful imaginations to use! Using Kool-Aid is an easy and fun way to create hand-dyed yarn – for your knitting projects, as well as hooking a future generation of crafters. Melanie shows you how to create a palette at home without any special equipment or a tangled mess. She also offers tips for working alongside kids and shows how different fibers take the dye differently.
DIY Kids Knitting Needles
Melanie Falick
Kids will receive an even bigger rush of satisfaction when they knit with needles they made themselves. Melanie shows you what adults need to do, and when kids can jump into the project. With just a dowel rod, polymer clay and basic tools, you and the burgeoning knitters in your life will whip up a colorful collection of handmade needles.
Ear Wire Basics
Shana Astrachan
Buying premade ear wires is easy enough, but making your own gives you the ability to get creative with basic shapes and add custom designs to your earrings. Shana shows you techniques as well as the simple tools you will need to create three different styles. She’ll also show you how to harden the wire, and finish the end for a comfortable fit in your ear so you will have all the skills to make beautiful and strong ear wires for your earring designs.
Riff Hat
Cirilia Rose
Learn how to design your own hat by riffing off a basic pattern with minimal shaping and finishing. All you need are simple math skills and your inner designer. Cirilia teaches you how many stitches to cast on, how to knit in the round, work the body of the hat in an offset rib pattern – as well as binding off and finishing. She also teaches a few stitch variations so you can pick your favorite design and create your own original hat.
Color Image Transfers on Wood
Courtney Cerruti
Turn those small, intimate moments from life into a permanent treasure by transferring them onto wood. Working with photos printed out on laser copies, Courtney Cerruti shows you how to create the transfers, offering a few different finishing techniques to customize your miniature works of art. The wood adds luminosity and brings out the beautiful, muted colors in your photograph. Learn more about laser copies here.
 
Paste Paper
Courtney Cerruti
Create original, hand-painted paste paper to use as gift wrap, holiday decorations, or any other use you can imagine. Courtney shows how to create graphic and colorful designs that can be customized in any way. You'll learn how to create patterns and how to layer them for beautiful effect. It's like finger painting for grown-ups!
Drawing with Thread
Improv Sewing
Learn how to doodle with thread to customize and embellish your clothing and home decor. The creative minds behind Improv Sewing will teach you how to make adjustments to your sewing machine and stabilize fabric so you can create different effects on material, including how to draw outlines and make your stitching more bold. This workshop will have you seeing unadorned fabric as a new canvas for whatever motifs you dream up.

 
Metal Stamping
Alix Bluh
Make your own custom charms with a metal-stamping set and words or symbols that hold special meaning for you. Alix talks about which metals to use for practice, and once you’re comfortable stamping, she’ll teach you a shortcut to give your charms a lived-in patina.
Dart Manipulation
Liesl Gibson
Darts are practical elements of patternmaking that ensure a good fit. In this workshop, Liesl moves beyond the utilitarian and into the creative – showing you how to manipulate the placement of darts to customize your sewing. You’ll learn how to shift a typical bust dart to the neckline or waist, all without sacrificing fit. Along the way, Liesl provides tips for accurate marking and precise sewing. Once you learn the basics of dart manipulation, you’ll be able to sew more custom and creative garments.

 
Rosita Quilt Design
Kaffe Fassett
Be a fly on the wall as Kaffe mocks up a quilt design in his London studio. In this workshop, Kaffe talks about how to work within a rich color palette to create a light-dark zig-zag illusion, as well as how to work with solids and striped fabrics to create motifs from diamond shapes. This workshop shows Kaffe’s process but does not show sewing – a complementary workshop is coming soon showing how to cut and piece this design.

 
Shrinky Dink Jewelry
Nicole Blum
Create original and wearable works of art with shrinkable plastic. Nicole shows you how to take your own artwork, or use scanned images and fabric to create designs. Then watch them shrink down into miniature versions with intensely concentrated color. The magic and satisfaction works on kids of all ages!
Sewing Machine Basics
Liesl Gibson
Want some help when it comes to learning your way around a machine? Liesl points out the main components of a sewing machine as well as how to thread the machine and wind a bobbin so you will be ready to dive into the sewing process with confidence.
Basic Sewing: Seams
Liesl Gibson
Once you understand the basics of the sewing machine, it’s time to sew. From pinning to sewing evenly, Liesl covers straight and curved seams. Joining two pieces of fabric together is the foundation of all sewing, and Liesl sets you up for success with these basics.
Pressing and Finishing Seams
Liesl Gibson
Finishing your seams gives your garments a more professional look, and also keeps your fabrics from fraying. Liesl goes over the proper way to press seams, and then three of the most common ways to finish seams.
Appliqué Umbrella
Nicole Blum
Turn your kid’s drawings and designs into a snazzy umbrella with this project, which is sort of like creating custom stickers from nylon. Nicole and her son show how to use a few simple materials to fancy up an umbrella and brighten any dreary day. This works for kids of all ages.
Sew a Perfect 1/4 Inch Seam
Liza Lucy
While garments are typically made using a 3/8" seam allowance, patchwork uses a ¼” seam allowance, which can sometimes be difficult to locate on a standard sewing machine. Many quilters have their own techniques for identifying a ¼” seam allowance, and in this quick class, you’ll see Liza’s preferred method.
Found Image Painting
Molly Hatch
Feeling artistic but intimidated because you don’t think you can draw? Molly shares her process of creating a piece of art based on found imagery. She covers where to source material as well as how to group and gather elements into a painting. The final image is translated through your own hand – with all the artistic charm and none of the self-doubt that too often creeps into creating art.
Design on Ceramics
Molly Hatch
Transfer a created or found design onto ceramics – either in your own studio or at a paint-your-own pottery studio. Molly shares her trademark technique for applying custom artwork to ceramics, including the best tools for transferring a design and how to achieve dense coloring on your one-of-a-kind piece.

 
Stenciled Glassware
Molly Hatch
Transform your boring, naked glassware into something more personal and reflective of your style. Molly shows you how to create a contact paper stencil and create a motif from a found image so you don’t even need to know how to draw to add some zip to your drinkware.
Lengthen or Shorten Patterns
Liesl Gibson
Got a long, tall kid or a more petite one you sew for? If the little ones in your life don’t measure exactly to pre-determined specifications on a pattern, it can be hard to figure out how to add or remove length while maintaining a garment’s proportions. Liesl will explain how to lengthen or shorten patterns for different types of garments.
Fabric Fishing Game
Liesl Gibson
Paint your own fabric and then turn that fabric into fish for this clever game – so you can fish anywhere (no water required!). The fish are magnetized, and the process of creating the fabric and sewing the fish can be applied to making any other shape or size stuffed animal that you can dream up.
Zodiac Necklace
Alix Bluh
This charm necklace subtly reveals your astrological sign, with understated sophistication. Alix shows you how to hand stamp the constellation of your birth sign onto a brass disc with faceted stars. You can add a gemstone or an additional charm with an initial for a necklace that tells a sweet and pretty secret. A template for all twelve constellations is included.
Suminagashi Ink Marbling
Jody Alexander
Suminagashi, or “floating ink,” is an ancient paper marbling technique that involves alternating ink and a resist to create a beautiful sequence of rings. The effect can be subtle or more pronounced, and the resulting prints can be used for book and art projects. One lovely aspect of this process is how unpredictable it is, with the water determining the pattern so you will be surprised every time.
Gathering and Ease Stitching
Liesl Gibson
Gathering and ease stitching are used to fit a longer edge of fabric to a shorter edge, such as creating a ruffle and a sleeve. Liesl shows you how to accomplish this with aplomb.
Inserting Sleeves
Liesl Gibson
Sleeves can be daunting the first few times you sew and insert them into a garment. Liesl shows you how to patiently and properly insert a sleeve so you can tackle shirts, t