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DIY: How to Make a Wallet Out of an Old Cowboy Boot!

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How to make a wallet out of a cowboy boot
Sewing a wallet made from cowboy boot leather

What You Need:

  • one cowboy boot
  • waxed linen thread (~70” long)
  • scratch awl
  • stitching awl
  • cutting mat
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • rotary cutter
  • seam ripper
  • 2 craft needles (~2 3/8” long)

*Many of these items are available from your local craft store.
 Time: ~ 2 hours (plus overnight drying time)

Supplies for DIY cowboy boot wallet

1.  Cut the top part of the boot off.  

How to make a wallet out of a cowboy boot

2.  Wash the top part of the boot with dish soap.

3.  Hang to dry overnight.

4.  Use a seam ripper to remove the pull straps.

Remove the straps DIY cowboy boot wallet

5.  Cut up along the side piping.

diy-cowboy-boot-wallet-cut-along-seam

6.  Remove the piping strip.

Seam of cowboy boot wallet DIY

7.  The disassembled boot should look like this

Disassembled cowboy boot DIY wallet

8.  Use the ruler and rotary cutter to cut a 4” by 6” rectangle out of the front piece of the boot. Start with a horizontal cut just above the vamp.

9.  Use the ruler and rotary cutter to cut a 2” by 4” rectangle out of the back piece of the boot.

10.  The three pieces should look like this. 

11.  Use the scratch awl to mark a dot every 1/4” all the way around the larger (4” by 6”) piece. Your dots should be 1/8” in from the edge. 

Scratch awl diy cowboy boot wallet

12.  Mark dots, in a similar fashion, along three sides of the smaller (2” by 4”) pieces.

Mark dots diy cowboy boot wallet

13. Pierce the dots with a piercing awl. Tip: put the leather on an old phone book to allow the piercing awl to go through the leather easier

 14. The most common way to sew leather is saddle stitching. To start, thread a needle on both ends of a 70” piece of thread. 

 15.  Line up the large leather piece with one of the pocket pieces and insert a needle four holes in from pocket’s edge.

16. Pull the thread through the hole so you have equal lengths of thread on each side.

Stitching diy cowboy boot wallet

17. Insert the needle in the next hole and pull through the hole.

sewing demo diy cowboy boot wallet

18. Insert the other needle into the same hole and pull through the hole.

sewing a wallet

19.  Pull each strand tight to set stitch. You should now have equal lengths of thread on either side of the leather. 

20.  Continue stitching all the way around, making sure to attach the other pocket when you get to the other side

21. Backstitch over your last stitch and pull each strand of thread between the two pieces of leather. 
Backstitch cowboy boot wallet

22.  Tie the two strands with 2-3 overhand knots and cut the excess threads.

Finishing touches on DIY cowboy boot wallet

23. There you have it! Enjoy!

Jan Halvarson

Jan founded Poppytalk in 2005 while a student at Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (now ECU) to catalogue inspiration from typography to interior design. Since then she’s collaborated with Target (creating a limited edition glamping collection), a wallpaper collection with Milton & King, as well has written as a contributor at Wired, Martha Stewart and Huffington Post.

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