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Easy Leather Pen Holder

Making a classic pen holder for your notebook just got elevated. Forget the faux fabric, make your pen case out of timeless leather in modern colors and prints. For our example, we used measurements for a pen holder to fit a roughly 8.5” x 11” notebook, binder or other large books. You can always decrease the length and width of the leather strips and the elastic to fit whatever size you need.

Supplies Needed: 

Two 8.5”x11” leather trim pieces – we are using the Cadet Blue suede and the Granite Cobra 
2” elastic, color of your choice
Waxed thread


Tools Needed:

Realeather Rotary cutterRealeather Universal cutter or a craft knife
Realeather Hole punch or Chisel
Realeather Mallet
Realeather Stitching needles
Self-healing mat


  1. 1. Start by gathering all needed materials and selecting which trim pieces you would like to be the back and which you would like to be the front leather piece. You will need to cut two strips out of the leather for the back of the case.
  2. 2. Using a ruler and pencil, measure out a 2-1/8” x 11” strip on the back piece of leather. In this example, we are using the Cadet Blue suede for the backer of our pen case. Cut two strips out of the leather using your ruler and rotary cutter.
  3. 3. Then, using the other piece of leather – cut a 2-1/8” x 7” strip for the front piece.
  4. 4. Once you have all your leather cut, you need to cut a 13” strip of elastic. We used a 13” strip to fit around a binder however if your notebook is smaller you can adjust the length of the elastic as needed.
  5. 5. If hand sewing – you will need to use a 3-hole punch to pre-punch stitching holes along the border. This will make it easy to sew all three layers.


TIP: To keep the holes aligned for all three layers, we recommend punching through one layer first. Then laying the leathers up on top of each other and use the first layer as a guide for punching the holes on the remaining strips. Binder clips can also be used to keep the leather firmly in place. Reminder – only punch holes on the longest side of the front leather piece.

  1. 6. Place about ½” elastic between the two strips of back leather. Starting between the layers to hide the knot, begin stitching across the short side of the leather, leaving about 4” of thread. We used a double running stitch. 
  2. 7. With the elastic securely in place, line the front piece of leather onto the back pieces wherever you would like and continue stitching on the long side through all strips.
  3. 8. Once you reach ¾” from the top, slide the other end of the elastic in and continue stitching.
  4. 9. Then reverse your stitch back around the piece until you reach the starting point again. Tie a square knot, trim excess and tuck the thread into the layers.
  5. 10. If using a sewing machine, skip step #5. Pre-punched holes will not be needed.

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