Good day to all of you respectable sirs and welcome to my very first instructable of my very first leather creation!
I will hereby describe the materials and the process I followed to craft this useful pouch.
Have a nice time reading this and do not be restrained from asking me questions or advicing me and everyone else!
Step 1: The Materials
Here is the list of the materials I used to achieve the successfull crafting of the leg-pouch:
- Snap fasteners
- A strap-length adjuster thingy
I recovered the leather from a couch that had been thrown away; it has been a good day.
Step 2: The Tools
Here are the tools I used:
- Belt hole-puncher
- A small screwdriver
- Screws (computer boards mounting screws worked best for me)
- Ruler or equivalent
I set the hole-puncher on the smallest head, and it luckily matched the screwdriver's tip.
Step 3: Let's Start Cutting and Punching Holes
I did not take any exact measure for what I did, so pick up the ruler and the pencil and put them in the recycle bin.
Cut a rectangle of leather and punch holes along 3 sides of it, at approximately 1cm from eachother.
Cut two smaller rectangles as long as the height of the big one. Now give them a shape like the one shown in the picture and hole the sides and the bottom. These will be two front pockets.
Cut a strip of leather, hole the short sides, as well as somewhere around the middle. It will be useful for hanging things.
For the bottom of the pouch, i wanted to create an anatomic shape, and so I did by pressing it onto my lap and adjusting the curvature to fit. Now hole all around the perimeter, be careful to make the same number of holes as the bottom of the big rectangle! They need to match to be connected.
Put one pocket on the main body, and hole one side along the already existant holes, so they match.
Now screw them together just to keep the side in place.
Give the little rectangle a bumped shape, and, using the scissors pointy tip, mark the holes. Now punch them.
Do the same for the bottom, the other pocket, and the leather strip.
Step 4: Sewing Together
I decided to put the joint of the two sides of the main body on the part that will go against the leg, to have the pockets on the front.
Make a knot on one end of the showlace and start sewing from the top of the conjunction, keeping in mind that you will end your sewing there. Keep in mind your pattern to avoid messing it up when you reach that part again.
When you reach the bottom, sew all the way around by forcing the leather to bend in position, then go up all the way along the conjunction and make a nice knot to lock it in place.
Sew the front pockets with the same method, in and out and knots to lock in place.
Step 5: Adding the Belt Straps
I had two premade stripes i found on the bottom of the couch, so I didn't need to attach the snap fasteners.
Cut out two stripes and put the snap fasteners at the height your prefer, keeping in mind that the stripes will reach 1-2 cms from the bottom.
When your stripes are done, punch holes in the in a pattern you like, now put them on the exterior of the pouch and mark the holes with the scissors.
Since I'm stupid and I have already sewn it, I can't access the marks with the hole puncher. Grab your pointy scissors and make way for the screwdriver, which will enlarge your holes.
Don't sew the straps yet.
Step 6: Make the Leg-belt
Cut a strip, long enough to cover more than half a loop around your leg. I didn't have one so I sew two together.
At one end, put the belt buckle thingy and bend the end of the strip to sew it in place. Punch 4 holes on the other end.
Make a little loop of leather that can accomodate two stripes, this will keep the flapping part of the worn belt to dangle around, and put it around the strap you just made. It is very important that you do this before sewing the straps on the main body!
Now sew the belt straps on the inside of the bag, and use the same holes to sew both the leg belt and the hangers made in the previous step.
If you want the buckle to be on the exterior of your left leg, attach the long strip on the right, and vice versa for the right leg.
Add a snap fastener to hold the pouch closed: Male on the front, female on the back.
Step 7: Personalize and Wear It!
I liked the idea of putting two stripes on top of the pockets to use the space in between them for my brand new Leatherman.
Now it's done. I use it to hold 3 multitool pliers, a multitool hammer and a screwdriver set. It fits really well!
Thanks for reading, sorry for not having made a perfect instructable, but I hope this helps you gentlemen build something useful!