presents for boys

Sorry for the blog silence, everybody. I’ve been laboring away on christmas presents, because in less than a month, I will finally be back in my home state of Texas! Words can’t express how excited I am to see my family and eat all the delicious food I’ve been missing! In my haste to finish everything, I forgot about a couple of posts I promised forever ago. At long last, I’ll reveal the birthday presents I made my siblings and delivered months late. I give you… leather kindle cases:

leather kindle casesIt’s always much harder to think of homemade gift ideas for boys. Unlike girls, you can’t just make them something pretty– it’s got to be functional, too. So, armed with the knowledge that both brothers were kindle owners, I set about designing and making a couple of cases that would look handsome and manly as they protected kindles. Both are crafted from a single piece of leather, are hand-stitched, and are secured with a buckle from a thrifted belt. Each is lined with different color of seersucker, so they are easily distinguishable.

seersucker insidesHopefully, they will get the job done and will look cool doing it. Stay tuned for girl presents.

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4 Responses to presents for boys

  1. Tu-Anh says:

    those look really amazing!

  2. Jessica says:

    thank you!

  3. Mira says:

    I know this is a little late, but would you happen to have some sort of tutorial for making these? They’re gorgeous!

  4. Jessica says:

    Sorry Mira, I don’t have a pattern (and the pouches themselves are a few hundred miles away)– but it’s made from one piece of leather, so it’s not too hard to recreate. Just draw out a rectangle that’s twice as long as you need your pouch to be, and on one end, draw on a semi-circle flap and a strap for buckling. It’s a good idea to make a mock-up of your pattern out of something a little less precious than leather, to make sure your measurements are correct (I learned that one the hard way). A thick felt is a good substitute.

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