A tool bag was one of those essential shop accessories I needed, but didn't have. Showing some love to Legend of Zelda (one of our favorite games), I made a tool bag for myself that attaches to the loops of your pants and around your leg. It turned out so good I made a smaller one for my son too!
Here's how I put it together:
Step 1: Materials
The materials I used:
Leather (6oz for the front, 4oz for the back, and 2/3oz for the gusset)
Hyrule shield printout
Tan and Black stain
Tools I used:
Leather hole punch
3 hole punch
Leather sewing needles
Leather bevel stamp
Step 2: Cut and Punch
I started by taking my shield cutout and tracing the shape onto the 6oz and 4oz leather pieces, one for the front of the bag and one for the back of the bag. I measured around the outside of the cutout, and cut a straight piece on the 3 oz leather for the gusset.
After all the pieces were cutout, I took the 3 hole punch and punched holes around the outside of each of the face pieces and the gusset piece.
Step 3: Adding a Pencil Holder
I took a strip of the 3oz leather and set it against the inside face of the back piece. I marked where I wanted the holder/slots to go, then slid a pencil in to make sure that there was enough space to slide pencils/tools/whatever in and out easily.
Once I had my markings, I punched holes in the small strip and the back piece, and sewed the small strip to the inside face of the back piece.
Step 4: Stamping Out the Design
Using the shield printout again, I traced the shield designs on the the front piece of leather. Once I had the outline all traced out, I wet the leather and then starting stamping the inside of the design out using my bevel stamp.
I took the edge of the stamp and marked the lines of the design, making sure to re-wet the leather when it dried out.
Step 5: Adding the Zipper
I took my gusset piece, marked a straight line down the center, and then used my zipper to mark how wide I needed to cut the insert out. After marking it, I cut out a center strip from the gusset, then tested to see if the cutout was wide enough for the pull tab of the zipper.
The zipper itself was too long, so I used some pinchers and took out a couple teeth from the zipper at the length I wanted the pull tab to stop at, then moved the stopper pieces from the end of the zipper to the places I took the teeth out.
I used some leather glue to glue up the zipper and the inside of the gusset piece, and then fit and glued the two pieces together.
Step 6: Adding the Straps
I took some of the saddle strips and used the leather punch to add some screw rivets and attach the clips. I measured the straps to be long enough for the bag to sit just slightly lower than my pant's pocket, then riveted them to be back side of the shield. I took a D ring and sewed it to the the back side of the shield. Taking another strip, I added a clip that would attach to the bottom side of the shield to wrap around my leg.
Step 7: Sewing It All Together
With the front shield piece stamped, the zipper added to the gusset, and the straps attached to the back shield piece, I took the wax string and started to sew all the pieces together.
I used a saddle stitch method to first attach the back piece to the gusset, then added the front shield piece.
Step 8: Stain and Condition
I used some black leather stain to paint the reassessed areas of the shield piece, giving a nice contrast to the emblems on the shield.
Using some tan leather stain I stained the rest of the bag, then once it was dry I covered the bag in leather conditioner and let it dry overnight.
Step 9: Fill It With Tools!
The last thing to do is to grab some tools and put them in your new, totally awesome, super geeky shop tool bag! Then just zip it closed, and enjoy!
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