I have another fun, easy leather project for you.
Since you’ve gathered tools to make the Leather Wrapped Planter, and the No Sew Glasses Case, I thought we should continue playing with this fun material! This simple Leather Blanket Strap is a project I have wanted to make for a couple years. I am reminded of the idea every time we have to haul our blankets to the park, a picnic, a park, the pool, a concert, the beach, or on a hike…so lots of reminders! With everything else I have in my hands, it’s so nice to have the blanket neatly rolled and slung across a shoulder, or better yet, across one of the kids’ shoulders, as we make our way to the destination.The strap is a simple concept, and could me made of fabric, nylon webbing, or even rope.
I love using leather for the durability, and beauty. The steps are super simple, and the result really cool and useful. Let’s get started!
78″-84″ of leather, either 1 x 78″ strap, 2 x 40″ straps, or 3 x 28″
a Leather Hole Punch + Leather Rivets and a hammer
or a sewing machine with leather needle
If you’re connecting straps, overlap the edges by 2″. To rivet punch two holes through both layers of the leather and then set rivets. To sew, use piece of double-stick tape to hold the leather in place while you sew through both layers.These aren’t actually rivets, rather eyelets (which just means they have a hole.) Either work, and this is what I had on hand! The rivets will go on just the same way.After you connect your pieces making one long strap, fold each end over 4″ and rivet or sew the ends into loops.The easiest way to thread the strap through so that you can place a blanket through either side is to turn the loop INSIDE OUT around the strap, then again, so that you end up with the main strap threaded through, forming a big loop at each end of the strap.
At this point simply tuck the rolled edges of your blanket inside the adjustable end loops of the blanket strap, and pull tight! You’re ready to explore with both hands free…or wrangling kids!