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Being a maker is not easy! The constant need for new tools and ways to organise the old ones is a big headache. Especially if you are a one that travels a lot.

With the summer arriving if faced a real problem - how to keep my most essential tools with me at all times. I needed something that could hold all my tools, would be rigid enough and at the same time look classy and original.

I had a vision of a compact little tool bag made out of leather-like material with wooden handles.

To begin with, I have to say that I am not a skilled sewer. I am just a guy who reads some instructions, watches some YouTube videos and experiments a lot. So no need to say that if you feel that you would do something differently than me, do it!

Up to today, my bag has held up really well - no signs of wear or tear! I am also pretty pleased with the design and looks of it, although I would change the dimensions if I could do it again. To be honest the bag is too small for all the different stuff I want to keep in there. Somewhere in the not do distant future, I will make another tool bag. It will be bigger and will have organising pockets.

If you like my work be sure to follow me here on Instructables or on Instagram @kammsuhu

And of course, this project is taking part in a few competitions, soooo........ *wink,wink* ;)

Step 1: Tools and Materials

List of tools and materials for this build is not long, but some things are essential.

I have added some amazon links if you are interested ;)

Total cost of the project for me was around 40-50 euros

Materials

Tools

For the material, I chose synthetic leather because it is thick, strong and is made without causing any pain or suffering to the animals. And it is if course cheaper than real leather.

In the materials picture, you can also see few things I did not use in my build. I planned to also add a belt to easily carry my bag around, but it turned out not to work with my design, so I decided to leave it out. Also on the finished product, I added little plastic feet, which keep the leather from touching the floor.

I am pretty sure that many of you think there has to be a better way to work with leather. You are right! There are special leather working tools and techniques (that I still know nothing about). See the Instructables Leatherworking class or Jessica Ratfinc's Ibles if you want to know more about working with this material.

Let's get started!

<p>awesome</p>
<p>This looks fantastic and the Instructables patch really seals the deal for me! Voted!</p>
<p>thank you very much!</p>
<p>Well done . Did you use any special needles or an industrial sewing machine to sew this bag together? Would a regular sewing machine work ok? </p>
<p>Thank you! I did ask the ladies at the crafting shop for some special leather needles. They are not round but triangular. I do not know though how much it helps. I also purchased a heavy duty thread, but it did not work with my sewing machine (kept breaking), so for hand sewing I used this and in the machine I used regular one.</p><p>I did it all with regular Singer sewing machine, but at one point the material got so thick that I had to do hand sewing.</p><p>Take care! </p>
<p>Are you using pleather? I Just ask because it does not look like leather...and leather is super hard to sew through. Either way, it turned out awesome. I Love the style and you did a great job. I'm also in this contest...:) Good luck with it - results should be out soon. Even if you aren't using real leather, hopefully you can win some! I love Tandy and their leather and supplies! Good luck! </p>
<p>Thank you for everything!</p><p>Yes this is actually synthetic leather.</p><p>Yeah I hope the results will be out soon (though they seem to have some complications with it). But I am not really getting my hopes up as there are some extraordinary projects in the finals.</p><p>Good luck to you too!</p>
<p>Nice One Great Instructable.. Good Design .......... Voted :) </p>
<p>Much appreciated :) </p>
<p>Nice</p>
<p>I had the same size problem with some tool boxes I built decades ago. When I built a bigger box that would hold everything, I couldn't lift it. Be careful what you wish for.</p>
<p>You are right!</p>
<p>hi,</p><p>Love the design so traditional and simple and so adaptable. I was thinking if you made it without the ends and put a tool roll liner so that sharp or delicate tools could be put into pockets then rolled up inside as all one piece. Or even just to hold say screwdrivers and pliers etc for easy access. Really love the look and will be trying it out for my self. Thanks</p>
<p>Wow, this is actually a fantastic idea you got there! I will definitely give it a try once I get my hands on more chisel, screwdrivers and any other flat tools. It could be a fine woodworking burrito tool bag!</p><p>Awesome!</p>
Ok you guys, move over. Sorry if it ruins your street cred, but I would love this as ... dare I say ... a handbag! So cool for a fellow crazy crafter! ???
<p>YEAH! I actually thought that too and few of my friends also mentioned it!</p><p>Thank you!</p>
<p>that is nifty.</p>
<p>Cheers :)</p>
<p>Two things about tool bags. 1) They are never big enough. 2) If they are big enough, they are too heavy to carry around. </p><p>Excellent Instructable. </p>
<p>I know exactly what you mean! Solution would be different bags for different jobs. Wouldn't that be awesome, eh?</p><p>Thank you!</p>
Thx for the idea. I have an old lestjer jacket that will be perfect for thos project !
Good luck ! :)
*leather
<p>Great work! Seems very handy indeed. I like the magnets on the handle, else I would be afraid of pinching my hand in there.</p>
Thank you deluges! Oh no need to worry - these magnets are not nearly strong enought to do any harm :)
I really dig this! And it doesn't look to require a lot of expertise to create and there's nothing like making something w your own hands. Do you mind sharing your pattern and dimensions?
<p>Hi, yeah it was not too complicated project so you should definately give it a go! Here are the sketches with measurements. As you can see it is the first version so I have edited it a bit. I hope you can understand all, if not feel free to ask. And If you really do make it please share it with me, I would really like to see how it turned out!</p><p>Cheers,</p><p>Andu</p>
<p>Looks like a great little tote! I especially like the way you made the handle - that's really clever. Nice!</p>
<p>Thank you Sam, I appreciate it!</p>
<p>Love the shape of this bag! Great job! Can't have too many tool bags.</p>
<p>Thanks a bunch!</p>
<p>Very nice bag!</p><p>Also, I love the kitty in the paper prototype. He or she has an epic mustache.</p>
<p>thank you Laura! Yeah that's my cutie called Nurris (Like Chuck Norris) :)</p>
<p>very nice.</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>

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