Thanks to Justin for demonstrating this Instructable and for drafting the dxf file.
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Step 1: Tools & Materials
*Leather -- Recommend: thin leather 2 to 4 oz weight, or 1.5mm to 3mm thickness
Vegetable tanned leather works best, but each leather cuts differently.
Do not expect consistent results across different kinds of leather.
Make sure to do a few test runs to make sure you're cutting successfully.
*Needless – upholstery needles with blunted tips work best. For example something like this.
*Thread – a heavy weight waxed works best such as this one
*lighter or soldering iron
*thimble (optional if you've got tough fingers)
*the design template .dxf file (attached to this instructable)
*a laser cutter
*an awesome hat (well, not really.... but it seemed to help Justin)
Step 2: Laser Cut The Leather
Step 3: Clean Up The Leather and Prepare For Stitching
It is also important to ensure that all the holes have been cut completely. Use the needle heads to clear any remaining leather bits from the holes.
Finally, if there are any rough edges from the laser cutter, you can trim them off with the scissors.