DIY Leather Fountain Pen Case
Here's my diy fountain pen case. I made a quick sketch and stitch it together. It's a bit funky looking...but functional. I've always been a fan of the somewhat monolith looking 110 storys tall Sears Tower (now called the Willis Tower....and I call bullshit on the rename!!!) in Chicago where I grew up. I lived on the far south side of Chicago and on a clear day I could see the Tower from my bedroom window in spite of it being over 30 miles away. The designer's staggered stack design was conceived when he noticed a few cigarettes sticking out the top of a pack of cigarettes....that look stuck with me as well.
I imagined 2-3 fountain pens in a case with kind of a staggered & stacked depth to allow grasping and removing one pen without nudging the others, I think I achieved that. My stitching leaves much to be desired but it will hold up for now.
First was the proof of concept using paper cut-2-shape and taped together. Second was a prototype using scrap leather. Now version 1 using a large section of tooling leather. I used a burnishing agent on the edges, then punched all the holes before staining. Finally I stitched the whole thing up with wax coated black thread. The case can hold 4 fountain pens but the fit is a bit tight so I’m backing off to only 3 medium size pens. I might make another one in the near future designed to separate the pens to keep them from touching - that will call for a larger case...we’ll see when the time comes.
Note: The stain is Eco-Flo All-In-One Acorn Brown.