One of the first projects I ever worked on once I got the basics down was a phone case for my phone. I used Illustrator to design the case, complete with the holes for stitching. This made for punching the holes very easy and the stitch line turned out amazing.
I started out with some 5oz veg tan leather.
Using my pattern, I cut the leather.
Next, I punched my holes.
I distressed the leather a bit while it was wet and applied a base color then hit it with a highlight color as well. I figured ‘what the hell’, and carved in the Assassin’s Creed emblem, as I was playing that at the time. I completed it with a pocket on the back side to carry a credit card or two.