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When you look at a flat piece of undyed leather it is hard to imagine what it can turn into. With the right tools and skills you can make pretty much anything. The transformation that takes place amazes me every time.

The music bag is called a music bag because it was used to carry sheet music around. I don't know if it is better than other bags for this purpose but nonetheless that's whats is called. It can of course still be used for this purpose but if you are a rebel you can put anything you like in it.

The music bag sets itself apart from other bags with is't unusual closure that consist of a bar the interlocks with the handle. Very clever and very easy to open and close.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Finding the right leather is still something I struggle with. I choose to try out shoulders from metropolitan leather as the samples I got from them were very nice. Also the replied quickly on all the questions I had.

When I got the leather it looked nice although I did expect it to have a bit less growth marks than what seemed to be the case. Being shoulder you can not avoid these marks so next time I might order the butt which normally have fewer growth marks.

Materials & tools:

  • 2,5-3 mm leather
  • 1,5-2 mm leather
  • 2 x ø12 mm brass ball with M4 thread
  • 21 cm of 8 mm brass rod
  • 432 lin cable thread
  • dye
  • leather conditioner
  • Loctite
  • Renaissance wax

  • General leather working tools
  • Metal turning lathe
  • M4 Thread die
  • Brass polish
your work is amazing . I have been doing leather for about a year now and have been getting better at it to the point that my friends want me to make projects for them and pay for the material and labor. I hand stitch everything by hand using the saddle stitch method. Here are a few samples of my work.
<p>Thank you. It is always nice when people want to buy your things. Keep up the good work :)</p>
<p>Yea i agree!!!!</p>
<p>Congratulation, great Instr!</p><p>I have a question. How do you work the edges? They are black and joint both sides of leather like one. What material did you used?</p><p>Thanks!</p>
<p>Thanks.</p><p>Please take a look at my other tutorial (step 21):</p><p>https://www.instructables.com/id/Classic-leather-briefcase-with-accordion-gusset/#step21 </p>
<p>Where could I get leather sheets that would be big enough for this project but wouldn't be over my budget of 30 US dollars?</p>
<p>If you have a Tandy Leather store in your area, get on their mailing list; they often have sales of odd lots of leather in various grades and finishes including the kind of leather used here, but I agree with mephit, it's probably not going to be *that* cheap. </p><p>On the other hand, properly cared for, this leather bag will last a lifetime. Quality isn't cheap. Purchasing a bag like this would likely run to $100-150 or more.</p>
<p>Is there a store finder on their website? Also thank you guys for your help with this I don't usually get a good response when I ask about projects.</p>
<p>How weird, that was supposed to have a link in that message . to that part of their website. http://www.tandyleather.com/en/store-locator</p>
<p>its all good.</p>
<p>The simple fact is, you probably can't. You might find enough for twice that, but even then you'll have to search. Leather just isn't that cheap.</p>
<p>Nice</p><p>I had or still might have an original of one of these.</p><p>The leather was not great quality, nor was the steel rod.</p><p>Using better quality waxy leather and a brass rod is a much better idea. Then there's the smell</p><p>It's such a simple closure, it's surprising it's not seen more often. </p><p>One of the long lasting memories of starting out at school was the hide satchel, the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the Public School Hymnbook and the New Testament. Later on, the satchel was converted into a briefcase</p>
I would love to make this bag as gifts ti several people for Birthdays. This would mean so much to them. I love this
<p>&quot;Next time I will do as Al Stohlman suggest in his books.&quot;</p><p>Always sage advice :-)</p><p>That's a very pretty bag, almost perfectly sized for a 13&quot; MacBook Pro...hmmm...</p>
<p>Great! Yesterday I was thinking about something similar for bike bags http://www.vacquier.fr/e-shop/sacoche-velo/752373.html</p>
<p>that is amazing work, almost dunhill like =)</p>
<p>Wonderful</p>
<p>Very nice!!! Good Job.</p>
Very professional! I'm impressed
Great workmanship!
<p>Thank you :)</p>
<p>Beautiful work!</p>
<p>Thanks :)</p>

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