I make handstitched leather bags and for the longest time I was using a ziplock bag to store my leather working tools. But, after wearing through about a dozen baggies, I decided to wise up and create a durable and functional way to carry everything with me on the go. I saw something similar to this pencil case that inspired me, and I decided to create my own template (which can also be enlarged to create a dopp kit as well) for my fun carryall. This case can be used for tools, school supplies for kids, makeup brushes — just about anything you can think of. What would you store in yours? What color leather would you use from Mood Fabrics? Tell me below.
SUPPLIES: A zipper, pattern, veg tan leather (Kodiak leather is shown here), wire cutters, glue, skiver, glue, blade, rotary cutter, straight edge, binder clips, awl, spacer, artificial sinew, and 2 leather needles.
1. Cut out your pattern.
2. Skive just the edges of the 6 flaps so they lay flatter when you stitch them together.
3. Use the spacer and straight edge to create your row of holes along the permitter.
4. Use your awl to fully punch the holes that your spacer created in the previous step.
5. When I handstitch zippers on, I find it easier to glue them where I want them, and then go back and stitch them in place after the glue has dried. So, use your e6000 glue to apply your zipper where you want it.
6. Use your binder clips for added pressure to hold your zipper in place while it dries for about an hour.
7. Using the saddle stitch (shown here), stitch up your pencil case.
8. Lastly, cut your zipper (if you got the type of zipper I had) and stitch on a little accent piece of leather for a pulley if you want.
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