Introduction: Make a Leather Tool Roll

About: I have been working with wood since I could stumble into the shop with my dad. About a year ago I moved into a house with no space for a full shop so I decided to take up all hand tool wood working. That start…

Whether it is Carving chisels, Files, screwdrivers or Wrenches, A tool roll is a great way to store then for quick use and clean storage. For any Hand tool Woodworker, this is something that has come across your mind. The simple fact is this Leatherworking project is a simple and easy way to store your woodworking tools.

Supplies Needed


Waxed Thread:


Tools Needed

1/8" hole Punch:

Threading Punch:

leather Stitching Needles:

Carving chisel set:

Smooth face Hammer:

Straight edge:


Spring clamp:

Step 1: Cut Leather

The side I got was large enough for this tool roll, an apron, all the leather on my vises, and several strops. I start by drawing a large rectangle 23" by however long you want it to be. Mine was 47" long. Most are between 25" and 30" but I want to hold a lot. Next, I fold over either long edge to create a 5" flap on either side. With a square draw a line every 2 1/2". keep the line 1/2" from the bottom and top. (size may need to change depending on the tools you want to store) This will be the line you sew the pockets on. The stitching will cover the line so it is not a problem. When drawing the lines on the other side be careful to keep the lines from lining up with the lines on the other side. This way when the chisels are in the tips will not line up.

Step 2: Punch Holes

At the tip of each line you need to punch a 1/8" hole. this is where the rivet will go. from there down you will want to use a stitching punch. this will put a hole every 1/4" that the thread can pass through. I like to keep the last hole 3/8-1/2" away from the bottom. Repeat this for every line. On mine this ended up being 4o lines to punch.

Step 3: Stitch the Leather

The switching is simple once you do a line or two. I start by coming up through the rivet hole. Then I use a spring clamp to hold the end of the thread under the rivet hole. With this method, there is no need for knots. Then, continue up and down through every other hole. At the bottom continue in and out back up the line this will allow you to put a stitch in between the ones you just made. When you reach the top you should end by going back through the rivet hole.

Step 4: Secure With a Rivet

With the two ends of the thread sticking through the rivet hole I pull them tight and insert the male end of the rivet up through the rivet hole. I place it on a backer board, and then put a cap on the other side of the rivet. Once more I make sure the thread is pulled tight and under the cap of the rivet. Then a couple good smacks with a smooth face hammer will secure the rivet in place. the extra thread hanging out can be cut, and you can go onto the next line.

Step 5: Make the Strap

At this point, you can test the chisels. the last thing that needs to be added is a strap to hold the roll tight. I cut mine about 30" long by 1 1/2" wide with one end rounded. You could also just use a belt. I just wanted it to be made out of the same leather as the roll.

Step 6: Secure and Finish

I secured my strap with 4 rivets. this was done by punching 4 1/8" holes and securing rivets just like I did on the end of each stitch. Last, I used my brand on the end of the strap to give it a bit of flair. Now. you can put in all your chisels, roll it up and wrap the strap around the roll and tuck it back into itself.

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