DIY leather Bat Bow Tie | Easy last minute Mens Halloween Costume | Halloween crafts | Click through for more
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Easy Men’s Halloween Costume: DIY Bat Bow Tie

Halloween is my faaaavourite time of year. I love it! In my late teens and early 20s, I used to throw a big house party every Halloween. But now it’s a little quieter and more sophisticated; I’m talking cocktails and dinner parties. But this doesn’t mean you can’t dress the part! Fancy dress doesn’t have to be silly and novelty. It can be pretty sleek and stylish – even when it’s handmade. This DIY bat bow tie is a perfect…

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DIY Sewing Needle Wallet Tutorial | DIY and Craft blog | Click through for more
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DIY Sewing Needle Wallet tutorial

It seems to be a common curse with any crafter, that our homes are overflowing with craft supplies. Am I right?! If I’m not drowning in yarn and cotton off-cuts, then I’m tripping over packs of paper and card. Gahh! Therefore, any additional way to keep our craft supplies neat and organised is very welcome. One of the things I’m most guilty of not organising very well are sewing needles. I usually keep them in a small tin, inside a…

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DIY leather bound notebook | The Crafty Gentleman
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How to make a DIY leather bound notebook

What is more timeless and classic than a leather-bound journal?! Perfect for business, as a gift or even just as a scribble pad to keep at home, they’re a really useful way to organise your life in true gentlemanly style! In this tutorial, I will show you how to make a pocket-sized leather-bound journal, complete with decorative inner lining to personalise it to your own tastes. I made this journal for about £6, including the leather and the awl (which…

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Handmade leather knitting needle holder
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Try this: DIY leather knitting needle holder

Last year, I taught myself how to knit. Yep, guys can knit too! (I even did a load of research into the surprisingly manly history of knitting – check it out here!). Anyway, after nailing the basic concepts of knitting and completing a couple of projects, I kinda lost momentum and stopped. But I’m happy to say that I’ve picked up my needles and yarn again and I’m back to it! Now, as much as I enjoy knitting, I am…

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Handmade leather and denim apron tutorial
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Try this: handmade leather and denim apron

I don’t really share many recipes on the blog – and when I do, it’s mostly snacks or desserts (see here and here, for example). But don’t be fooled; I love cooking! An afternoon spent in the kitchen preparing a hearty meal is an afternoon well spent, if you ask me. I figure that food forms such a huge part of everyone’s lives, you may as well throw yourself into it and enjoy it, right? With this in mind, I thought I’d…

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DIY Leather Bound Journal
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6 leather craft projects to try out

Compared to other techniques (namely papercraft and sewing), I’m a bit of a newbie to leather craft. I first started working with leather only about 2 years ago, when I made a simple journal/notebook. As with pretty much all of my crafting interests, my interest in leather began with a simple curiosity and a strong desire to make things. I got my hands on some offcuts and, slowly, taught myself how to work with the material. Zoom forward a few years…

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Michael from Craftive handmade leather jewelry
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Man Crafts: Craftive handmade leather goods

I’m excited to welcome Michael Rinkovski from Craftive to the blog today, to talk about his online craft business. First launched in 2013, Craftive sells rustic, handmade leather goods such as jewellery, card holders and key rings. Michael runs his craft business alongside a full-time career as a teacher, but he says that leather is his true passion – he’s aiming to go full-time with Craftive within the next two years. Let’s hear what he had to say when I caught up…

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Leather and tweed DIY travel documents holder
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Leather & Tweed Travel Documents Holder

Salt and pepper, Batman and Robin, movies and popcorn; classic pairings that just work. Well, I’ve got a new one to add to the list: leather and tweed! I’m a HUGE fan of tweed, I just love the classic touch it can add to a project. I’ve also been doing a lot of leather craft lately – and it’s fast becoming one of my favourite materials to work with. So, it was only a matter of time before I brought…

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