A few months ago a friend asked if I would make him a little wallet in which he could keep a deck of cards, a little notebook, and a pen. It needed to be small but sturdy as he’d be carrying it around in his pocket most of the time. It took me a while to get around to this project as I kept trying to think of the best way to do it, but in the end I just found a likely-looking piece of leather and got stuck in.
I chose a beautiful ochre leather which is wonderfully soft, and the whole caboodle was sewn by hand. I had to redo the pen pocket as the fit was too tight and he couldn’t get the pen out. So I unstitched it, cut a little bit off, then put it back together again.
The following photos were taken by my friend after he’d been using the pouch for a month or so, and you can see that the leather is already starting to develop a very pleasing patina.