Easy Leather Photo Wallet

Today I made fun and very easy project using a beautiful image from where else, but the Graphics Fairy! This time, a Victorian postcard image, (sans the dog.) This project is so easy that you could probably figure it out by photos only. There are so many ways to modify this idea with other great Graphics Fairy clip art.

I played with iron-on transfers on leather again. I am repurposing leather furniture swatches, but you can also find leather in your closet (old purse or jacket possibly?) or at the thrift store in the form of a coat or bag. And you don’t have to use leather, or even sew for that matter. Copy images onto cardstock for pretty photo mats!

I modified the dog postcard by removing his precious little face and changing the wording in the ribbon. You can access these modified images by clicking on the artwork above to retrieve the JPG file and reduce to whatever size you find best to work with.
Click on photos to enlarge for detail.

{1} I printed out the image onto Avery T-Shirt transfers for DARK fabrics. (No need to flop the image, you end up printing sort of a decal that you peel and stick.) {2-3} I then trimmed out each image.

{4-5-6} Following the product instructions, I peeled off the backing of each piece, laid them on the smooth side of the leather, covered with the parchment (supplied with the transfers) and pressed in places, (do NOT slide the iron around.)

{7} Once the images were pressed onto the leather and cooled, I trimmed them out. {8-9} Using the slowest setting on my sewing machine, I stitched around the inside of the circle design. {10} Then, with an X-acto knife, I cut out the inside of the stitched circle area.

{11-12} I positioned the two image pieces side by side with a gap in the middle (for the fold) on top of another larger piece of leather (suede side up) and stitched all around the borders of the two images leaving the inside edges open (to later slide in the photos.)

{13-14} I made a seam down the center of the wallet between the two images to score the leather for easier folding.

{15} After trimming out the final sewn piece neatly, I slid clear sheets of film into the pockets. {16} I used PVC plastic from a greeting card box.

I added my photos and tacked them inside the wallet with small pieces of tape to keep them in position.
Now I can carry my precious family in style in my purse, or place them up on my shelf at home.

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23 Responses to Easy Leather Photo Wallet

  1. #1 - Salihan says:

    What a clever idea! But you always come up with such clever things! ^_^ I can imagine my MIL loving one of these. Thanks for the tutorial!

  2. #2 - ElegantSnobbery says:

    Wow. You are a genius. I LOVE that!!!

  3. #3 - La Table De Nana says:

    I love this idea!

    It’s beautiful!

  4. #4 - Faye says:


  5. #5 - Queen of DIY says:

    I love this! Thanks for sharing…

  6. #6 - The Soladay Family says:

    You are sooooo talented! I absolutely adore this project!

  7. #7 - Cottage Way of Life says:

    I love how you think outside the box with the Graphics Fairy’s images (She is the best, is she not?).

    I saw that doggie postcard, thought it was great, filed it away in the image folder in my computer, thinking, “What can I use that cute postcard for?” I certainly wouldn’t have come up with what you did and I doubt I would have even thought to get rid of the doggie to use the graphics as framework for something.

    Seriously, it’s genius, and super nice of you to share!

  8. #8 - My Journey to Hope says:

    I don’t know how you come up with this stuff, but it’s always amazing! And thanks for the tutorials, as always!


  9. #9 - daisy says:

    Another fabulous project – you always have some fab ideas xx

  10. #10 - Amy @ Living Locurto says:

    Holy Cow!! You are so crafty! What? I didn’t know you could iron on leather?? Love this!

  11. #11 - xashee's corner says:

    Very CLEVER! Thank you for sharing! 🙂 Have a GREAT weekend!

  12. #12 - Robin Lynne says:

    Fabulous! I would never think to do iron-ons with leather.

    Thanks for sharing another great idea 😀

  13. #13 - Robin says:

    OMG! You are so clever to have thought of using leather for this!! Fabulous photo wallet and thanks for sharing your step-by-step tutorial on this!

    Take Care – Robin

  14. #14 - The Stapelia Company says:

    I didn’t know you could do a transfer onto leather… now that I do, watch out!

  15. #15 - Anonymous says:

    Please tell me when your going to put these in your esty store. I want one

  16. #16 - Miss B. says:

    You KILL ME! Love this!!!!!

  17. #17 - Tina of Pfeiffer Photos says:

    Attractive AND practical all in one–good work!

  18. #18 - juno says:

    Hi Cathe!
    I came here from Karen’s Graphics Fairy blog recently and have been really enjoying your blog. Love your latest wallet tutorial, so much work goes into that, I know! And what beautiful family photos.
    I am a digital designer but I still love hands-on projects, too.
    I am just popping in to say – Come on over to my place where I have some CU Photo Frame Freebies to share. I like to give something back to all those who share so kindly.

    Juno’s Place


  19. #19 - FrenchGardenHouse says:

    This is such a genius idea! I love it. What a great gift this would make for Mother’s Day, or really any day. Thanks so much for sharing with us.
    xo Lidy

  20. #20 - maxandmollydesigns says:

    Hi Cath,

    (Another) huge fan of your blog here. I was wondering if you had any experience screen printing onto leather? I'm curious as to what type of ink (if any) would work…

    Jane (thedoghouse on Etsy) x

  21. #21 - maxandmollydesigns says:

    Hi Cath,

    (Another) huge fan of your blog here. I was wondering if you had any experience screen printing onto leather? I'm curious as to what type of ink (if any) would work…

    Jane (thedoghouse on Etsy) x

  22. #22 - chelle says:

    this is wonderful. I will have to try it!! thanks for the tute!

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