Leather Mounting Plaques

I bought some small, 3″ leather furniture swatches at the thrift store recently and came up with a fun way to repurpose them. Mounting plaques for jewelry! These little swatches can often be found on ebay, or, if you don’t have leather to work with, remember that you can find an inexpensive, second hand leather purse or jacket to cut up. Or, go with other material such as a textured leather-like cover of an old discarded book.I dug through my stash of little trinkets and came up with some things to mount. You can also use items from your jewelry box, like an old earring missing it’s match, tie tacks, lapel pins, etc.I created sets of mounting plaque shapes, plain and with wood grain (using photographed wood surfaces in my house) that you can transfer to leather like I did with iron-on sheets made for dark t-shirts. Click on the image of the plaques to download your free PDF file.Using a great little punch tool that came with a set of metal alphabet stamps I have, I was able to punch neatly through the leather that I’d transferred the dark wood image to for placing the deer tack through, as well as punching holes for jump rings in other plaques.I used a touch of adhesive on the back of the deer to keep it from turning on the plaque.With the lighter wood plaque, I mounted a vintage button.I printed the plaque image to cardstock to create templates to trace for cutting around and sewing. For the green leather mount, I stitched it to a piece of backing fabric. Without using my foot pedal on my sewing machine, I stitched by pressing the needle-up-down button on my machine to go slow enough to control the tight turns around the shape of the plaque. Using E6000 adhesive, I glued backing pins to several of the plaques. For my scissors and hand pins, I left enough thread hanging to create a cool effect.You can flip the leather over and mount on the suede side as I did here for pendants using an old cabinet key wrapped in cotton-covered wire, and another with a little brass stamping of a fisherman. There are lots of projects you can create other than jewelry with the plaque shapes, including ornaments, applique, and magnets. Share your ideas in the comment section!

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39 Responses to Leather Mounting Plaques

  1. #1 - Out of the Blue says:

    Absolutely adorable! You always have the most original ideas…thank so much for sharing them with us!!

  2. #2 - Christie Cottage says:

    Cool!!! I love the key one. I am impressed that your machine sews thru the leather too!

  3. #3 - Cathe Holden says:

    Thanks Christie, but I bet most machines will sew through one layer of leather. Try it, let me know!

  4. #4 - erin says:

    such a creative idea!…& looks so darling too!

    love your blog 🙂

  5. #5 - Suzanne says:

    I really enjoy your creativity. It's so much fun to visit you. You have a WOW again today on the enjoyment meter!

  6. #6 - Loddelina says:

    Thank you for another clear and easy-to-follow tutorial,
    your blog is an amazing source of inspiration, too precious to keep for myself so I added a link from my blog using your button, hope you don't mind!

  7. #7 - Cath from chunkychooky says:

    They look fantatic and thanks for the great download!

  8. #8 - Heather - CROQZine.com - Dollarstorecrafts.com says:

    So cute!! I love the little taxidermy-esque deer head, but they are all fabulous!!


  9. #9 - Magpie Magic says:

    Lovely ideas. My favourite is the key.

  10. #10 - LeelaBijou says:

    Really beautiful result!

  11. #11 - Country Dreaming says:

    Very cool–
    It's a different take on jewelry!!


  12. #12 - CreativeBusyHands-Scrapbook Freebies Search says:

    That is so nice! I have some scrap of leather around here. Thanks for sharing.

  13. #13 - Robin says:

    You really should have your own show on DIY! These are amazing….I just love the scissors and hand holding the thread, just so clever!

  14. #14 - Jessica says:

    Cool idea. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  15. #15 - Indie Bands With a Mission says:

    AWESOME Idea!!
    I'm going to use this with those sample paint color sheets home depot gives out 🙂

  16. #16 - Caroline B says:

    Clever,clever! My favourite is the deer head, but the scissors & hand tickle me too!

  17. #17 - eva says:

    Super attractive!

  18. #18 - Carmen says:

    These are fabulous, loving the scissors and hand with the thread 😀

  19. #19 - My name is PJ. says:

    Some of your stuff is so beyond what the normal mind is able to conjure, perhaps you should post a disclaimer, something like: No hallucenogenic drugs were used in the creation of this craft piece. 😉

  20. #20 - SisterDG says:

    You have a truly original creative mind, Cathe. Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us.

    I love this project! You're really getting me interested in using leather.

  21. #21 - mayaluna says:

    you never cease to amaze me! love the key, in particular!

  22. #22 - Margaret says:

    I luv this. You could use Exclusively You panels as well. They are so easy to sew!
    FInd em here! Great idea!


  23. #23 - The Redhead Riter says:

    I really love those and think they are actually not just fun, but beautiful in a rustic, flannel, log cabin sort of way…THAT'S ME! Just give me a deer head on the wall in a cabin with one of those pins you made and I'm a happy girl!

  24. #24 - Createology says:

    I have found your blog and am enjoying it very much. You are not only very creative and original you are also very generous to share your ideas with blogland. Thank you very much.

  25. #25 - Rachel@oneprettything.com says:

    What a great idea. These are SO pretty! I love how many different looks you can get. Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

  26. #26 - Pattie Cordova says:

    my fav are the necklaces. Awesome.

  27. #27 - Randi-Sue says:

    Amazing as usual. These would be fab as purse fobs or gift tags too. Once again, thanks for the inspiration!

  28. #28 - foobella says:

    I give up. I can't keep up with you. All these wonderful ideas of yours are swarming around my little nugget brain.

    It just so happens that Sunday afternoon I was sitting there with my father while he pulled out a box of old trinkets of his from his childhood, military career, etc. and here you are giving me a great idea for displaying them for him. I might lose conciousness here.

  29. #29 - foobella says:

    oh, and I forgot to mention, (because I was feeling lightheaded) the deer pin? With the faux wood plaque? Um. genius.

  30. #30 - Jenn Klee says:

    These are just extraordinary!

  31. #31 - Polly says:

    THAT is VE-RY cool! Clever, clever, clever.

  32. #32 - 32˙North says:

    These are fabulous! They're all so neat in their own right. I think my favorite though is the deer…

  33. #33 - Nerissa Alford says:

    I know I've told you this several times, but you are just Genius!!

  34. #34 - Susan says:

    Very cool. I love the scissor and thread broach. Can I have it? Just kidding. Sort of :O)

  35. #35 - Kim From Jersey says:

    Another brilliant idea, Cathe! Your cleverness (is that a word?) astounds me.

  36. #36 - kslaughter says:

    Oooo, I love these! They remind me a little bit of Girl Scout badges ; ). Thanks for sharing!

  37. #37 - Wendy says:

    Those are gorgeous! What a great idea – I'm always trying to figure out what to do with my leftover scraps of leather. I hate to throw them out…

  38. #38 - Miss b says:

    I am going to pass out, these are INCREDIBLE! I love you so much Cathe (in a totally obsessively good way!) Thank you for another excellent project!

  39. #39 - Doro says:

    Now I finally know what to do with all the small leather bits that have been sitting in my drawer for god knows how long. Thanks for the inspiration!