A special case

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 August, 2011, 12:00am


What you'll need:

A 14 cm x 24cm piece of


Leather strapping


Plastic cutting mat


Wing dividers


Strong adhesive glue

A few binder clips

Four-prong hole punch

Single-prong hole punch

Plastic hammer

Waxed thread

Two leather needles


Nail file


1 Sketch the shape of your gadget case on a piece of paper and use this to cut out a shape from the leather.

2 Place the right side of the leather facing up.

3 Using a pair of wing dividers, draw a line along the left, right and top sides, 2mm from the edge.

4 Fold the inside flap one-third of the way up.

5 Apply a light bead of glue along the edges.

6 Use binder clips to hold the leather together for five minutes.

7 Using a four-prong hole punch and hammer, punch a row of holes along the drawn line.

8 With the single-prong hole punch, punch a hole in the middle of the top and bottom flaps.

9 Pass a threaded needle through the bottom hole so that there is an equal length of thread on each end. Thread the second needle with the free end of the thread.

10 Sew the two sides and top flap with a technique called double running stitch. Simply run the left and right needle in and out from one side to the other while tightening the stitches as you go. Take two or three stitches backward as you near the end of your stitching.

11 Cut off the end of the thread close to the leather. For better results, you can heat the end with a lighter so that the wax melts together.

12 Attach the button. Tie a strap of leather to the two holes and wrap around the button to close the top flap.


Leather and specialised tools can be found at Aurora Workshop: Flat E, 2/F, Po Lun Building, 175-181 Portland Street, Mong Kok.