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  1. nautical172000

    Backpack Pattern

    Hello all leatherworkers, I was recently asked by a fellow member id I had a pattern for a backpack I made. So after putting it together for him I thought I should also share with the community. It's not a full size pattern, it is drawn on 1/4 inch grid paper so it will have to scaled up. I also added my construction process/instructions with the pattern. I hope it makes since. Let me know what you think. Here is a picture of the backpack I made. The link is: backpack pattern.pdf Backpack Construction.pdf
  2. Hello all! Here is a leather tote bag I finished a while ago. The handles are an 8 strand round braid and the first thing I've braided. The leather is 8oz veg-tan with soft pigskin lining on the inside. The sheridan pattern is my own work. This is also my first time using a bar grounder in my carving. Let me know what you think! Critique welcome. -Ryan
  3. I just wanted to share this i have been following her for awhile she is very skilled and shows a lot of good information about bag making
  4. Let the pictures speak for them selfs. Any advice is highly appreciated. Greetings Bert
  5. Finished this tote, it was a fun project, got to try new techniques, like the round handles and sewing from inside the bag which proved easier than expected. There are some things I would do differently, but I am very pleased with the result(and so is the owner) Made from 2 mm veg tan, painted with Angelus acrylic for the motif and Roc dye for the base coat. 0.65 thread at 4 mm spacing. Hope you like it, but critique is welcome and encoureged!
  6. LeatherCritic

    Input on Weights for Laptop Bag

    I was curious if anyone had any input on weights for a laptop bag / briefcase. I have a decent amount of 4/5oz shoulders and double shoulders on hand and a limited amount of 6/7oz usable material. This left me curious about a few different options: Would a 4/5oz 15" laptop back be sturdy enough alone? What if the gussets were semi-hardened? And is it possible to do so without leather stiffener? For instance, would a wet wash be enough? What about a combination of 6/7oz for the gussets and 4/5oz for the front/rear panels? How about doubling up 4/5oz (back-to-back) to make 8/10oz? — sounds thick and like it might require a lot of stitching Anyhow, I'm interested to see the responses as I've been watching YouTube videos and reading these forums for months, but haven't taken on a project this big yet.
  7. Hi guys, I made this circle bag. used Italian veg tanned leather (Dakota) I love this olive tan color. I hope you guys like my vid and patterns too . thanks! Video [11:55]
  8. Guest

    Custom leather bag

    I'm looking for someone to make me a custom leather messenger type bag 14 and 1/2 inch by 14 and 1/2 in and another smaller matching bag about 8 and 1/4 inch by 7 and 1/2 in
  9. I was gifted a box of boot tops in trade for a purse made out of some of them earlier this year. I had been putting it off due to not having a machine capable of the task. Still don’t have the machine I need but I’m working on that. There is definitely a learning curve in bag building but I learned a few things in the process. All in all it turned out better than I had expected. All part of the purse are up-cycled from other items except the strip of veg tan around the bottom. Kinda nice to give something a new life. Everything was sewn on a Japanese singer 15 clone.
  10. I want to make a bag 24" x 11.5" x 11.5" for travel with exterior pockets, hand and shoulder straps, and canvas lining (sample picture of desired result). Has anyone done this? I want the bag's structure to be fairly firm--not board stiff (may need a breaking in period, I guess) nor mushy. I'm thinking of using bison hide with a bit of grain. Any suggestion for a supplier?
  11. Has anyone bought this book? It seems pricey, but is it worth it? I have the 1960 W C Double book on Handbag construction already, but it is factory oriented (loads of good stuff in there) but he was head of Leathergoods at Cordwainers Technical College in 1950s / 1960s when it was very trade focussed. So I am looking for something a wee bit more user friendly. Is there a forum where we can post reviews of Books, Magazines, Videos? Thanks for feedback Harry
  12. Well it finally happened. My first real project.A Lady's shoulder bag/sling bag. I just have to make a strap for it.
  13. Well it finally happened. My first real project.A Lady's shoulder bag/sling bag. I just have to make a strap for it.
  14. A little over a year ago I did a 1 day course in Matlock learning how to make a bag, then never got round to making another. So last week I decided to make a new one building off the design of the first, and it came out alright. This is one of the bigger projects I’ve done in some time, and I really enjoyed that. Dyed through veg-tan, 2-2.5mm, with solid brass hardware. The strap is some heavy duty canvas- couldn’t be bothered doing a leather one. There’s some off stitching, I was trying to figure out the corners and botched a couple. It also could do with a bit more shaping so it’s a bit more defined in its shape. And that logo needs to be better placed. But it works, and it suits my taste a bit more than the first one. Feel free to critique!
  15. A relative of mine, a couple years back, walked the medieval pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, from Le Puy, France to Santiago de Compostella, Spain (2 1/2 months of nearly daily hiking, all on foot, about 1500 km). So this summer, I made her a commemorative bag, similar to the one the medieval pilgrims used, as pictured in art like this: And here's my version: I used some red-brown chrome tanned leather (picked up at a Tandy clearance sale) for the bag, and some thick tooling leather for the flap. The tooled design is a scallop shell, the symbol of St. James. The golden shell and blue background are used as trail markers across the Camino. That's Angelus light blue and gold acrylic paint on the front flap. 3 coats of SuperShene on the flap, too. The edges are coated with Fiebeing's Edge Kote in black. The closer hardware is from Ohio Travel Bag. They have a LOT of cool hardware! The tassels are handmade (wrapped with black thread and gold wire)-- see close-up here: I am very pleased with my stitching -- I used a 3 mm Japan Goods stitching chisel. I used Natural waxed linen thread for the bag and Blue waxed linen at the top of the blue flap. Other stitching used Red waxed linen. Both the Red and Blue thread are from Royalwood, Ltd. in Ohio (see their website here:<>) There is a cloth liner inside, using hand-printed fabric which features the shell motif and the St. James cross: Even the strap hangers keep the shell motif (using Fiebing Mahogany to get that red-brown color): I learned a LOT from making this bag. The full story of the bag (with work-in-progress pictures) is located at my website, here: < Bag/CaminoBag.htm> The strap is not done yet -- I didn't have enough time to finish it before giving to the new owner. I'll get the measurements and make that later on.
  16. dadam38

    Where to find bag closures

    I am trying to find twist lock closure that are more decorative. Almost everything ive been able to find is very basic. Does anyone know where i can find more of a selection besides hearts and butterflys? Thanks for the help Adam
  17. Hi all. Thought I would share a recent project of mine. This is a briefcase I finished not too long ago. Comments welcome!
  18. This is a small stirrup bag I made for my daughter, who needed a bag to hold her ever growing dice collection. The sides are sage green suede and the body is 4/5 oz vegtan. The dragon and die are painted with acrylic paints with gel antique rubbed across the entire piece to give it the rustic medieval look. I used eyelets for the cinch lace instead of grommets; the only grommets I found were shiny which I thought distracted from the overall appearance. There is a close up of the double loop lacing - I think it looks great but if you see anything I can improve please let me know. This is also the first piece that gives me hope I can possibly start this hobby job - I do this for fun and therapy (banging things is fun!) from my daily corporate job. Typically it is stuff for the family, friends and coworkers - but now I might start a stockpile and look at local craft fairs and gaming conventions.
  19. This is my first leather backpack I made from 3-4oz garment grade & soft top grain upholstery leather, with each zipper pouch having a pocket inside. I used my Tacsew T-111 and my Cobra class 4 for the sewing, and brass rivets for reinforcement. 3/16" foam sheets for the padding in the back area, and the straps. I have thick skin so feel free to point out anything you see I can approve on! Thank you for checking it out
  20. This here is my second project, and as usual, I bit off more than I could (easily) chew, but I think it turned out OK in the end. I needed a travel camera bag. I wanted it to fit my camera and 2 additional lenses, filters, extra batteries, along with regular city necessities, all in bag that didn't just scream "camera bag". As far as my design choices, I wanted something to push my abilities, (or in this case push my patience). I met wet forming in my first project with success, so I wanted to incorporate that into my bag somewhere. I also wondered why all the bags I saw were either stitched and turned inside out so thread doesn't show, or the leather was sewn back to back. I wanted to make something in between, and find out why it's not all that common. I found out I also wanted some sort of pattern to keep things from being so blah. Stamp work isn't really my thing, so I was looking around at various leatherwork I have around me for inspiration. I noticed the broguing on my boots; that line of holes and stitching has a fantastic ability to dress up a normal pair of work boots to the point of being nice enough to go out on the town in, but it will prevent a pair of dress shoes from being "fancy" enough to be worn to formal occasions. I have hole punches, calipers and time. Man, stitching this took FOREVER!!!! It went fairly well while everything was out in the open, but once it was wrapped up, I was making every half of every stitch completely blind. I easily have 15-20 hours in stitching alone. I really like how it turned out, but holy cow did it take a long time to make this bag! On to the pics, 'cause that's what clicked on my oh-so-clever title for, right? Wet forming one of the sides So. Many. Holes. We lost power one night so I ended up stitching by candlelight for a few hours. The the casual viewer may notice that the handle attachment points aren't level. The keen observer would point out that the cuts on the flap aren't perfectly symmetrical. Ehh... Oops? This was before I cut the excessive strap and stitched it. I wanted this usable before my 3 week, 16000 mile trip, which I completed the bag for with a comfortable 5 hours to spare. The difference between the leather colors is due to the fact that I worked on the main flap outside in the sun. I liked the slight contrast so I brought the leather for the strap attachment outside to tan too. I wanted to peen those rivets better before I left, but my friend totally flaked out on letting me borrow her ball peen hammer, so I peened them out using my father-in-laws (after these pictures were taken). I'm also chapped because I ended up marking the leather because all I had was a claw hammer - now I know not to depend on her for anything. Also, I I had to make those D-Rings by hand - we just don't have brass hardware on island. Those splotches are sweat stains. I used a towel to try to protect the piece while I was working on it, but when it's 85F and 85% humidity, sweat just pours off of me, errant drips are inevitable. On the inside I put a button stud at each strap attachment point. I have a plastic mock up for a camera and lens hanger so the camera is always held at the top so it's easy to reach, and so the lens isn't at the bottom of the bag, making room for another lens or just general stuff when I don't need 2 additional lenses. I want to make this out of leather eventually, my plastic version worked for my trip, but isn't going to last forever. I thought I had some pics of the inside, but I can't find them, and I'm recovering from the flu, so mustering the energy to take some pics is asking alot . Comments, critiques, and any helpful pointers are welcome. My stitching is better this go around, but still needs practice (at least the visible stitches look decent!) I'm going to reburnish the strap and the flap when I get the energy up; I came down with influenza the day after I got home, so there's work I still want to do, I'm just too exhausted to do it.
  21. Hi gang, I made a backpack for my girlfriend and ended up making something very similar to a Japanese Randoseru bag! I love the result despite many small errors along the way. Made with 1,4mm thick vegetable tanned leather, dyed with Fiebing's Oil dye in walnut and hand stitched. Do let me know what you think =)
  22. Killerwork

    Diaper Bag

    My daughters god mother is about to have her first baby! The one and only thing she asked for from us is a custom, handmade diaper bag! I have not even made a purse before. I told her I will give it a go. So this is where I request any and all help. I have no idea where to start! Is there any patterns for this? She did ask for something with shoulder strap and an outside pocket in the design.
  23. Ok so I spent way too long hand sewing this thing, mostly due to the straps. I'm pretty happy with how it came out though! The leather is a really soft strong navy blue, and the interior is cotton. I'm rather pleased with how well I lined up the pockets, I used up just about all of the fabric I had in this pattern for it.