We asked the amazingly talented designer Andi Strand from madebyandi.com to do a guest DIY post for us. She also creates all of the one-of-a-kind handbags (using vintage leather jackets) for her company Hoaken & Helga.
Her latest passion, Made By Andi, is her business blog. She shares the extensive knowledge that she has gained with other handmade business owners. She offers tips and tricks, as well as more in-depth business knowledge through online courses. Her goal is to shorten your learning curve and help you to share your beautiful products with customers around the world.
She used our Ne10 Stencil to completely revamp the traditional business-card holder. You can use this to neatly store your credit cards and cash and it fits in your pocket.
Ne10 Stencil, scissors, a Sharpie fine marker, a scrap piece of matte leather, masking tape, and a sewing machine. (Your sewing machine should have a heavyweight needle and heavyweight thread for this project.)
The leather you use for this should be matte and not glossy in finish (it will hold the text better). You can usually buy scrap pieces at your local leather supplier cheaply.
Step one: Draw a rectangle on the piece of leather that is 3 inches by 7 inches, and cut out using a pair of sharp scissors.
Step two: Using your Sharpie, fill in your alphabet letters. Use a piece of masking tape to help keep things straight.
Step three: Fold your leather almost in half (you can use a business card to help figure out where the fold should be). Leave the back side a little higher than the front — this will make it easier for you to take out your cards while still keeping them protected.
Step four: Take your leather piece to the sewing machine and sew up each side.
Now you have a fancy new card holder! I really like the black-on-black look with brightly colored thread as an accent, but the options are endless for colors. Just remember to use a matte leather and have lots of fun!