This project is suitable for those who are new to the art of leatherwork. It is simple enough for those not familiar with leatherwork, but it includes the basics of cutting, punching, and stamping.
If you don’t have any scrap leather, you can order leather scraps online or check with your local leathercraft store. In our area, the Tandy stores are very friendly to Scout groups and will sometimes give scrap leather at no charge. They also offer workshops for Scouts if you want to do something more complicated.
I am doing this project at our Webelos meeting next week. I like to do crafts which do not seem too much like “little kid” stuff with them. This project fits the bill.
Leather Bookmark Project
- Cut a piece of leather to approximately 2inches by 6 inches
- Make small cuts on one narrow end to make fringe
- On the other narrow end, approximately 1/2 inch from the edge, punch a hole using the punch and mallet.
- Dip the sponge into the water.
- Use the sponge to wet the leather just until it changes color.
- Use the stamps and mallet to stamp a design into the leather.
- Cut a piece of lacing about 1/8 inch by 6 inches from the remaining scrap leather.
- Fold the lacing in half and force the folded end through the hole in the bookmark.
- Bring the loose ends over the top and through the loop poking through the hole. Tighten and adjust as necessary.