FREE PATTERN 04: Simple Snap Wallet
Small projects such as this one is a great way to make something valuable out of scrap leather. In the video, the main material was discarded leather from another project. The leather was already stamped, so it was a matter of placing the pattern strategically so that the stamps could still work with the wallet design.
Give the pattern a try, and save some of your leather scraps from the bin! First, download the pattern here. When you print the pattern, make sure that it's scaled to 100%.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
- Cutting mat
- Metal ruler
- Silver pen
- Round tip awl
- Hammer or maul
- Divider caliper
- Half-round punch 35mm (optional)
- 25c coin
- Edge paint applicator (optional)
- Decorative stamps (optional; only for veg-tanned leather)
- Creaser (optional; only for veg-tanned leather)
- Diamond chisels or hollow punchers
- 2mm hollow punch
- 10mm snap setters
- 10mm button snaps
- Leather adhesive
- Glue Spreader
- Harness needles
- Waxed thread
- Metal roller
- Wooden clamp
- Leather balm
HOW TO DO IT:
- Place the pattern on the leather, and trace around the edges using either a silver pen on an awl.
- Pierce through the dots using an awl.
- Cut along the edges. Use a 25c coin to create round corners. Use the half-round puncher 35mm to punch out a curve along the top edge of the wallet. This will make access to cards and bills easier.
- Burnish the top edge using Tokonole and slicker.
- You have the option to crease the edges. To crease is to add a border along the edges for a finer finish. Note that you can only use a manula creaser on veg-tanned leather. For other types of leather, an electric creaser is necessary.
- Stamping a pattern using decorative stamps is also an option.
- Punch out the holes for the snaps using a 2mm hollow punch.
- Attach button snaps.
- Using a divider caliper, create a stitch guide.
- Punch out stitching holes using a multi-prong puncher.
- Glue down the sides. Make sure the holes align as you fold. You can use needles to make sure the holes match up.
- Reinforce the adhesive using a metal roller.
- Secure the leather in a wooden clamp.
- Start saddle stitching the sides.
- Burnish all around.
- Finish off with leather balm.