Over Covid, I decided to learn how to make leather bags. I loved the process, and ended up making a whole collection. A few friends asked for more details, so I put together this guide that compiles enough information to make the bag below:
Punching iron: To punch holes in the leather for stitching. I found the 3mm punching irons to be the perfect size for small leather goods. (Link, $12)
There are fancier versions of most tools that are more precise and well-designed. As I continue making leather items, I want to explore GoodsJapan ($$) and Sinabroks ($$$).
I think that beautiful leather deserves sturdy brass hardware. My go-to source for solid brass hardware is Buckleguy. They care about providing high quality products in the small quantities that hobbyists require. I’ve placed several orders and they always have the standard parts I’m looking for.
Il Bisonte’s natural cowhide leather is buttery, pliable and has a subtle sweet scent that lasts for years. The bags develop a beautiful patina, transitioning from light beige to dark tan with use: