Trying to go minimalist with my everyday carry so decided to try making a key and access card holder to replace my bulky one. A few things I really was particular about:
- Keys must be covered (to prevent scratching other items in my bags)
- Needs a slot for my access card
- Button closure for security
- Can be made with what I already have
So based on these, I sketched out some ideas and checked what materials I had at home. I don’t have anything that can hold multiple keys, I only had some old keychains I can reuse. I still had some leather scraps but they were quite soft so I had to think of how to make it work. I also wanted it to be easy to make and not require sewing. Soft leather is quite hard to sew nicely so it should be made with glue and rivets.
Once I had a rough idea, I created a draft template in illustrator and printed it out. I used the print out to test the ideas and modify as necessary.
At this point I decided to take it out for a test run and realized the closing flap was too long and loose. The keychain was also a bit too heavy for such soft leather.
I really liked how this turned out. It suits my needs perfectly and the card slot area fits another 3 additional cards so I can use it as a minimalist wallet if I ever want to. It’s definitely a much slimmer profile compared to my previous key and card holder. I leave the top unbuttoned for faster access to my keys but when I’m out I close it so the keys are kept securely inside.
I definitely want to visit this project again in the near future, but this time I plan to purchase some harder leather. This was a no-sew leather project so next time I would like to try sewing it instead to give it a more polished look. I also read about leather burnishers and how it can be used to finish the “flesh” side of the leather and edges so I might get some and try it too. I haven’t decided if I should stick to the same method I used to attach my keys or to try and find some 4-6 ring key holders.
If you would like to play around with this template, you can download it below. It’s a very rough template so please don’t expect something professional level!