Good evening ladies and gents. In this fine Instructable I will be showing you how to create your own leather pouches! This is also a great introductory in basic leather working.

If you have any questions regarding the tutorial, making of your own cosplay/costume or just want to say hi please send me a message on my facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ToweringProps). Its much easier and faster to get back to you there. :)

Over the several steps listed here ill demonstrate a handful of good techniques while working with leather for either new or experienced cosplayers and costume enthusiasts. Ill be demonstrating cutting, shaping, gluing, applying dye and conditioner and a few other tricks. I learn better ways and new techniques every time I do a costume so check back often for improved or new tricks and more examples.

Here's what you'll need:

4-5 oz leather single shoulder (4 - 5 sq. feet)

Leather contact cement

Waterstain leather dye (I used dark brown)

Leather finish (I used Gloss)

High density sponge

Leather Groover

Sharp scissors or angled box cutter

Pencil and Pen

Your choice of button: Magnetic bag snaps, Sam Brown button etc

Palm sander



Black acrylic paint

Small paintbrush

Rivet gun


Metal spring clip

so lets get started!

Step 1: Finding Materials and Tools

The most daunting part of leather working is where to even start looking for materials and tools. Thankfully there are a number of great websites where you can find what you need at an affordable price.

The site TandyLeather offers everything listed previously on the intro step all at a decent price. This is where I buy all my leather as i cant seem to beat the prices. They also have several outlets around the U.S where you can find nearly there entire inventory. However they're tool prices can be a bit high if your on a budget. When buying leathers keep in mind what your looking to make with it. Pouches are made best with 4-5 oz shoulders while armors are made best with 6-7 oz or higher.

Tandy Leather is where i buy all my dyes, conditioners and cements. When purchasing dyes the best and most user friendly are the waterstain dyes and conditioners. They are easily applied with high density sponges. If you want the highest strength bond when gluing your best bet is Leather Contact Cement, don't confuse it with rubber cement. Barge cement is also a popular choice but I find it harder to work with since it doesn't come with a brush.

Ebay is a great alternative if you want to save some money and find some leather tools. You can get all the leather working tools on Ebay from various sources for a great price, you'll be able to save some money versus Tandy leather. Tools that are a must own are "Leather grooving tool" "Leather strap cutter" "Leather hole punch tool".

You'll save a lot of money cutting your own straps versus buying them precut.

The leather hole punch is the only way to get clean holes punched into your leather and the Leather grooving tool allows you to create detail line and groove for folding.

<p>They are really beautiful pieces of work! I work with leather a bit and I plan to give it a go. Thank you for sharing!</p>
Cheers! Feel free to ask any questions you may have!
<p>Thank you for this tutorial it has given me the confidence and instruction I needed to make a couple things. I have been trying to sell about 40 large pieces of leather for a long time now but after reading this I will give it a shot and maybe sell an actual product instead. Great job on writing this instruction.</p>
Are you still selling the leather?
<p>I am a crafter of many projects and materials. I have looked everywhere to</p><p>find out if &quot;you can stretch a leather strap bracelet&quot;.</p><p>I have one I reworked, new rivets, etc. but did not like ouitcome. So...I reordered</p><p>bracelet online. I wonder if I wet it, put it on my large bracelwet mandrel,</p><p>can it be pushed down to make bigger?My son wants an extra inch!</p><p>Thanks, Help!</p>
So Sorry for the delay! You can try wetting it and that might do the trick. Alcohol allows the leather to be much more relaxed and that might be a better option. I use 90% isopropyl alcohol for my leather work and mix it 1 part alcohol and 2 parts water.
<p>Very nice! How did you make the cracks? They really contribute to the weathered look of the final product.</p>
I simply used a sanding drum on my rotary tool and sanded them down with a mouse sander, filled it with a dab of black paint and viola!
<p>i've been looking for a leather pouch to fit my compass when i hike...this might just do the trick!</p>
<p>Leather is a material that is not that easy to work with and as for me, has been a tough challenge for a long period of time. I have not been able to produce results which I have expected to come up with as leather, though quite tough, seems to be fragile as I was working with it. I remember I used to want to fix a high-quality leather piece onto my storage drawer as the table top but the edges are flimsy and are almost dropping off every single second I was trying to fix it together with adhesives. I will try again with these steps given here.</p>
Great tutorial, thanks for sharing!
Those look good!
Well, well! Learned a trick or two, thanks for posting! Very nice!
<p>Wonderfully documented project! Voted!</p>
<p>Looks great! Love the distressed look of it :)</p>
<p>These look fantastic.The weathering is perfect.</p>
<p>Thanks! First time making them but I thought they came out well.</p>
<p>I've been wanting to get into leather working, thanks for putting together such a comprehensive guide!</p>

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