Intro and Dorm . Leather trimmed pillows, leather trashcans with liner, rugs, small leather chairs
With fall approaching, back-to-school items are appearing in stores; from dorm necessities, to school bags, office supplies and of course, new clothes. This month we’ll showcase some back-to-school items also. Even if you aren’t planning a return to the classroom, these leather projects still hold appeal.
One-of-a-kind leather crafted items for your dorm room can stand up to the rough life of a college student, creating a room uniquely yours. One could use traditional earth tones, bold, bright colors or more edgy metallics. Pillows serve to prop you up in bed for reading and can provide extra-seating in a pinch.
This no-sew tutorial for leather “dipped” pillows uses sturdy denim and metallic leather. These do-it-yourself (DIY) pillows use contrasting leather in a southwestern design, with embossed leather for added interest. Here is yet another embossed leather pillow, in a reptile print for a vintage look.
Leather hides work nicely for crafting bean bags, ottomans and pouf style-seating. Here is a pattern for a square pouf that could easily be made of leather instead of fabric, and stashed under a bed or futon, to be pulled out when needed. This is a vintage bean bag pattern and this one a more modern three-quarter style.
Tutorials featured on Pintrest and other sites show how to take an existing chair and recover it with leather. This way, a student doesn’t have to spend a lot of money furnishing a dorm room with new furniture but can salvage pieces from yard sales and thrift stores. This step-by-step takes an Ikea frame chair and recovers it. The steps apply to other frame chairs just as well.
Pillows and seating are just the start for dorm accessories. Consider making a trash bin like this designer one for a room. Just get a plastic bin and measure all four sides and the bottom, leaving extra inches up top and on the sides, so you can get the liner out easily. With just a scrap of wood and leather strapping, one can also make this very practical door stop wedge.
Cowhides and sheepskin may be purchased for one-of-a-kind area rugs for a room. Naturally stain-resistant, they are fantastic for high-traffic areas. If using a hair-on hide, look for chromium tanned pieces. This article from Pop Sugar shows 10 different ideas for decorating with cowhide rugs, some of which work nicely with other hides as well.