Make This: Leather Cord Keeper Key Chain

Keep cords tangle-free and within arm’s reach.

Skill Level

Intermediate

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Intermediate
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Whether you’re stashing your headphones or looking for a way to keep larger cords in order, these customizable cord keepers are the answer to your organizational woes. We will show you the method for making a 7 in. / 17 cm. (when unfolded) cord keeper that’s ideal for headphones, but you can use the same method to make a larger or smaller cord keeper to suit your needs.

You will need

 

Step 1: Measure and cut strap

Use leather shears to cut 7 in. / 17 cm. of strap.
 

Step 2: Trim one end

Trim one end of your strap to desired angle – straight, asymmetrical or curved. This will become the decorative outer flap of your cord keeper.
 

Step 3: Punch the first hole

Place your strap on the cutting mat. On the non-angled end, measure ½ in. / 1 cm. up from the end and use the leather hole punch and mallet to punch a hole in the center of the strap. Tip: We recommend placing your mat on a sturdy surface, like a work table, before stamping.
 
 

Step 4: Punch the second hole

With the strap lying flat on your work surface, fold the end with the hole you just punched over by 1.5 in. / 4 cm. and place the leather punch through the hole. Use the mallet to punch a second hole through the other side of the strap.
 
 

Step 5: Punch the third hole

On the angled end of the strap, measure ½ in. / 1 cm. up from the end and use the leather hole punch and mallet to punch a hole in the center of the strap.
 

Step 6: Add the first snap piece

Time to set some snaps! With the dyed side of the leather facing out, fold the top 1.5 in. / 4 cm. of your strap over so the first two holes you punched line up. Take the eyelet piece of your snap (also called the male piece) and push it through the holes from back to front. Tip: Before folding over the top of your strap, slip it through the keyring.
 

Step 7: Set the first snap piece

Place the strap on the concave side of the setting anvil with the eyelet sitting atop the anvil. Place the stud piece (the top half of the eyelet) over the eyelet post and position the snap setter over the stud. Swiftly and with confidence (you can do it!) whack the snap setter with the mallet.
 

Step 8: Add the second snap piece

Place the button piece of the snap (also called the female piece) through the third hole in the opposite end of the strap. Be sure the smooth side of the button piece is facing out.
 

Step 9: Set the second snap piece

Position the strap snap-side down over the concave side of the anvil. Place the socket piece of the snap over the button post and position the snap setter over the socket. Take another deep breath and whack the snap setter with the mallet.
 
Done! Time to store some cords.

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