5 Things to Do With Faux Leather

HGTV Magazine shows you how to fancy up accessories with this affordable look-alike that feels as luxe as the real thing.
By: Jodi Kahn

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D (Styling by Angela Campos)

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

Photo By: Marko Metzinger/Studio D

It’s Faux-Real

Check out ways to work with our latest "it" fabric.

FYI on Faux Leather

1. Sometimes faux leather goes by other names. When shopping, also look for leather-like vinyl or upholstery vinyl—affordable options that come in many colors. 2. You don’t have to buy a full yard. Fabric stores will often sell faux leather by the half yard. Check upholstery stores too. Some sell remnants for next to nothing. 3. Store the material rolled up. Folding faux leather causes creases and wrinkles.

Make a Key Chain

For step-by-step instructions click here. Faux leather: Polyurethane and recycled-leather blend in coral/orange/persimmon, $27 per yard, and vinyl in light blue, $23 per yard, both palazzofabrics.com; Key rings: 1 1/4"-diameter flat split key rings, $1 each, keyring.com

Cover a Pencil Cup

For step-by-step instructions click here. Faux leather: Faux leather in jade, $9 per yard, muranoinc.net; Stamps: For a similar look, try printblockstamps.etsy.com. Wood-block stamps were used here, but rubber stamps will work, too.

Line a Tray

For step-by-step instructions click here. Faux leather: Faux leather in silver, $30 per yard, bandjfabrics.com; Tray: Small Kaleido tray in yellow, $29, store.dwell.com

Color-Block a Clipboard

For step-by-step instructions click here. For an ultra-finished look, spray-paint the back of the clipboard before covering the front with faux leather. Faux leather: Rosco faux leather in fuchsia, marigold, and royal, $33 per yard, bandjfabrics.com; Clipboards: Letter-size hardboard clipboards, $2 each, uline.com.

Add Color to a Nightstand

For step-by-step instructions click here. Faux leather: Rosco faux leather in fuchsia and red, $33 per yard, bandjfabrics.com; Nightstand: Mid-Century 18"W x 15"D x 24"H nightstand in white, $299, westelm.com