9 Uses Of Leather Punch That You May Have Never Thought Of

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Leather punches come in all shapes and sizes, but they all have one common goal: to create a hole in leather. This may seem like a simple task, but there are actually many different ways to use a leather punch. In this article, we will discuss ten unique ways to put your leather punch to use!

Regular Uses of Leather Punches

Before we get into the more creative applications, let’s look at the basics.

Leather Punches Are Used For Hand Stitches

Leather is a tough material to punch through directly with a needle when hand stitching.

A leather punch can easily create a needle hole for you, making it easier to make a tight hand stitch.

All you do is mark out the area of the stitch and then press or strike the leather punch onto each mark.

This allows you to make a small hole for your needle to pass through easily.

Leather Punches For Setting Eyelets

Eyelets are commonly used on leather belts, backpacks, wallets, or purses to help decorate them or provide an anchor point for laces or straps.

To set eyelets on leather, you need to use a leather punch. A leather punch creates an even hole in the exact size of the eyelet that you’re using.

This ensures that the eyelet will fit properly and be secure when fastened into place.

Leather Punches Make Holes In Straps and Buckles

Getting the holes in the right spot can be difficult without a handy leather punch when creating straps or buckles from leather.

A leather punch makes it easy to make evenly spaced-holes for straps and buckles. Just make sure the hole is the right diameter.

Unique Ways To Use Leather Punches

Here are some of the unique ways I have experimented with using a leather punch.

1. Create Custom-Shaped Keyrings

With a variety of leather punch shapes available, you can use your leather punch to create custom-designed keyrings for yourself or as a gift for someone special.

This is possible because you can use the same punch to create duplicates of your design.

For example, if you want to make an oval-shaped keyring, you can purchase the oval-shaped punch and create multiple hole patterns in the leather.

This allows for consistency between each keyring, plus it’s a fun DIY project that anyone can do.

2. Create Handles for Leather Bags

If you love making leather bags, then you know that handles are an important part of the design.

With a leather punch, you can easily create two evenly-spaced holes in your bag’s strap to attach the handle. This makes it much easier and faster than manually cutting two holes.

You can also use the punch to create any other shapes and holes that you may need for your bag.

3. Create Lacing Holes in Leather Belts

Leather belts are a classic accessory and often require lacing to keep them closed. A leather punch is great for quickly creating the holes needed for lacing your belt.

You can use a standard punch to create even holes along the length of the belt, or you can use different-sized punches to create unique designs in your belt.

4. Add Unique Details to Leather Jewelry

Leather jewelry is becoming increasingly popular, and there are many ways to make it your own.

Using a leather punch, you can create different patterns and shapes in the leather, such as stars or hearts. You can also use it to add details such as rivets or eyelets.

These simple touches will make your jewelry stand out from the crowd and will allow you to express yourself through your designs.

5. Make Customized Patches for Clothing or Bags

If you’re looking to add a personalized touch to your clothing, bags, or other accessories, then leather patches are the way to go.

You can use a leather punch to create any shape or design you desire and attach it to your clothing. This is a great way to add character and uniqueness to any outfit or accessory.

6. Making Custom Buttons

You can use your leather punch to make custom buttons from any material you like including leather. This is a great way to add a unique finishing touch to any garment.

Making buttons with your leather punch is easy and only requires two steps.

First, use the desired size to cut out a piece of leather. Then, use a smaller punch to create the holes for the thread or buttonholes.

7. Decorate Clothing

If you’re creative, you can use your leather punch to create unique designs on clothing such as jeans, jackets, and even t-shirts.

You can use the punch to create a pattern of holes or shapes along the seams of your clothing for an edgy, artistic look. You can also add eyelets and rivets to clothing for a more polished look.

8. Decorate Leather Furniture

If you have leather furniture, then you know just how boring it can look without any personal touches.

Using a leather punch, you can easily create unique shapes and patterns in the leather to give your furniture some character.

You can also use the punch to add rivets or eyelets for a more finished look.

9. Create Custom Labels

Custom labels are the way to go if you’re looking to add a professional touch to your craft or business.

With a leather punch, you can create any shape or design needed for your label and attach it securely to whatever product you’re selling.

This is an easy and budget-friendly way to add a unique touch to your items.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, leather punches are incredibly versatile and can be used for a variety of projects.

From adding unique details to clothing or furniture to making customized labels, the possibilities are endless when it comes to using a leather punch.

These are just some of the ways you can use a leather punch for your next project.

With this tool, you’ll easily create any shape or design you need for whatever type of leather product you’re working on.

So don’t hesitate to experiment and have fun with it!

Happy crafting!


Hi! I’m Kwabena, the owner and founder of Favored Leather. I’m a huge Leathercraft enthusiast and I’ve been that for almost 13 years now. I'm excited to share my experiences and all the new stuff I learn each day about leather craft, leather cleaning & care, and everything in-between!

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