First time making a leather messenger bag for men:)Process: Stitch the compartment inside first and attach the button closure Cut out all the straps and labels, and use double rivets to attach them. Stitch inner pocket for keys. Adjustable straps. Finished bag: Added shoulder pad for comfort.
Beauty industry has a new way of looking at people’s skin abnormality. Beauty marks, they call them. Flawlessness is out, perfect imperfections are in. Leather, is from skin too, and it has “imperfections”, such as fat marks, blemishes, freckles, stamps, wrinkles and scars, yet they provide outstanding carving, embossing and dyeing characteristics. Most of these imperfections are considered what make a piece of leather “unusable” and get cut off and discarded. As long as cows are getting killed by meat […]
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Process: Cut out leather.Use every uneven leather on the inside to minimize waster. (I learned from the leather workshop that most high end companies won’t accept leather with flaws even they are perfect fine when used strategically.) Prepare hardware. Cut out strap.Dye the strap into dark brown color.Ready to get stitched together.Inside saddle stitches.Attached second tone flap.Finished!
Two things made me want to design this little cord organizer. One is the new Japanese circular cutter—cut leather in circle beautifully like you’ve never seen; and the elastic band— I’ve always been interested in combining different material with leather, I’ve used the elastic band before with the leather sleeve project, but that leather was way thicker and I’ve only glued them together.
I am always curious about the special characters of leather. As a type of organic material, its reaction to light, heat, water and time surprises me all the time. This time I wanted to test if I can harden a soft piece of leather and make it into a standalone form. I started by cutting long elliptical holes all over this sheet of leather for some extra flexibility when I need to stretch it. Then I soaked the […]
Dye a piece of leather into desirable shade.Cut to exact measurement, attach necessary hardware if applicable.Saddle stitch. Apply masking tape around the edges to prepare for edge dying. Grove inside the folds to make it fold easily. Finish! Left: the single compartment card holder. Right: two-fold wallet.
I learned about how to dye your leather in a workshop and I wanted to apply patterns to make a piece more personal. I used these drafting dots as masking tape and applied on a piece of vegetable tanned leather. The dye I use is from tandyleatherfactory.com, where I got most of my leather tools and supplies. I applied it with thick paper towel in circular motion. After it dries I removed the dots. I also rubbed the surface with […]