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Bracelet holder

I haven't been posting - mostly because I haven't been crafting anything and I was away on a business trip and and and and...

After I left home for Heathrow two weeks ago I realized I had, once again, forgotten my motion sickness bracelets. Since I cannot possibly take an 8 hour flight without them, and I had a tight schedule (get stuff from work, get to the airport), I once again had to buy an extra pair in the Boots at terminal 3. Booh. This is my 3rd pair. Boots really is making a profit from my forgetfulness.

I decided that upon coming back I will make something pretty to hold them in with the hope that I won't forget it any more. When I got my promotion at the beginning of November (yay!) I went to MacCulloch & Wallis  and spent a fortune on some real leather. I wanted to make a nice laptop cover for Mr. T. The laptop cover didn't turn out so nice, so I doubt he'll ever take it out of the house, and I was left with more than half of the leather. It's enough to make myself a skirt if I wanted to! (But I won't). I decided to use some of it for my holder. Actually I ended up using some scraps from the laptop cover for it.

Half a day and a very painful thumb later, this is what I have:


The front doesn't look too special. It has a simple fastner.


I made a simplish flower from the turned-over leather (what is the English word for that - suede?) Unfortunately I couldn't hide the stitches so I tried to at least make them pretty enough.

And here is hot it looks opened. I quite like it actually, although I suppose future iterations will look nicer. I thought about making one for my mom to hold coins in.

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