What I love about leather is how it elevates any project into something so much more luxurious. The smell and feel of it just makes any bag, sunglass case, or — in this situation — visor more fancy. And with the right tools, leatherworking is actually very easy! Follow along below to learn how to make a leather visor to upgrade your festival style this year.
Materials and Tools:
- sturdy leather
- leather shoe lace
- leather cord
- rotary leather hole punch
- leather scissors
- rubber cement glue
- leather visor guide
- Print and cut out the leather visor guide and trace onto a piece of leather. Cut out a long rectangle of leather that is 14 inches by 1 inch thick. Make marks every half inch on the back side of these pieces.
- Use your leather hole punch on the smallest setting to punch holes at every half-inch mark along the visor. For the leather rectangle, you’ll want to leave four half-inch marks on each end of the leather unpunched.
- Change your leather punch to the largest setting and punch two holes on the end of the leather rectangle on both sides of the strap.
- Match the first small hole on the leather rectangle with the first small hole on the visor cutout, and weave the leather cord from the back side to the front. Cross the cords and then feed them through the next hole to the back side of the leather.
- Slide the shoe lace through the cross, to hide the connection of the two leathers. Continue the cross pattern with the leather cord until you reach the end of the visor.
- Trim the leather cord and glue to the strap of the visor with rubber cement.
- Cut a small 1 inch by 1 inch square of leather and punch four holes on the largest hole setting.
- Thread another shoe lace through the holes at the end of the visor, and then through the 1-inch leather square.
Download, print, and cut out the leather visor template above to create the perfect arched shape for your visor. Measure out a 1 x 14-inch rectangle to create the band of your visor. On the back side of the leather, make marks every half inch.
Use your leather hole punch on the smallest setting to create holes at each half-inch mark. Make sure you punch them about 1/8 of an inch from the edge of the leather.
Leave four half-inch marks on each side of the leather rectangle unpunched.
Change your hole punch to the largest setting and create two punches at both ends of the leather rectangle.
Match up the first hole on the leather rectangle with the first hole of the leather visor. Thread the leather cord from the back to the front of the visor. Cross the cords and thread through the front toward the back.
Slide the leather shoelace through the crosses of the cord to hide the seam of the leather. Continue threading the pieces together until you reach the end.
Trim the cord and glue down using rubber cement.
Cut out a small 1 x 1-inch square of leather and punch four large holes. Weave another strand of leather shoe lace through the visor holes and then connect the ends by weaving them through the small leather square.
Dress up your leather look with gold freckles and shimmery gold lips to take this festival look to the next level.
And remember, body chains are a must.
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DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Photography: Chris Andre
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