Making a Leather Flap Pouch

In today’s video Chuck teaches you how to make a leather flap pouch using the contents of the Beginner’s Kit. By adjusting the measurements you will be able to make lots of flap pouches that serve different purposes. He will show you how a few easy steps and great tools found in the Beginner’s Kit can have you producing useful and beautiful leather projects. Chuck shares some neat tricks and tips about using a leather groover and by following his advice, the groover will enhance the look of your leather projects every time.

Beginner’s Leathercrafting Tool Kit 12531-00
Pattern Sheet 65-4110
Santa Rosa Oily Pullup Leather Panel 13502-33-12-137
Fiebing’s Leathercrafter’s Cement 50-2124
Double Sided Adhesive Tape 16195 
Marble Tooling Slab 65800
Poly Cutting Board  65-2916
Rawhide Mallet 65-2520-11

Free Patterns:’s-kit/beginners-kit-printable-pattern-1.pdf’s-kit/beginners-kit-printable-pattern-2.pdf

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Elements of Your Shop Part 2: Punch Table & Pattern Table

In today’s video, Chuck continues his leather shop tour. This time going over the size and construction of his punching table and pattern table. The punching table is attached to the main cutting table so it has a nice sturdy surface for tooling and punching but can easily be removed and affixed to other areas of the main table.

Stitching Pony
Leather Lace Cutter
French Curve

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Elements of Your Shop Part 1: Main Work Table

How do I set up my shop?
We’ve gotten this question a lot, and the long-awaited shop tour is here! In this first video, Chuck explains his main leather cutting table and work table functions, dimensions, and features. Chuck also talks about his preferred cutting surface. While these are just suggestions, we hope this information is helpful and you can use some of it in your own leathercrafting space!

12″ x 24″ Poundo Board

Cutting Board

The Leather Element: Order of Steps in a Project

What is the proper order of steps in a leather project?

In this video, Chuck gives his suggestions on the process he takes.

When using chrome tanned leather, there are four basic steps.

  1. Cut

  2. Decorate

  3. Sew

  4. Assemble

When using veg-tan leather, there are five basic steps.

* = only if applicable for your project

  1. Cut
    *Optional: Tool, Mold, Wet form
    *Trim to size when wet forming

  2. Punch Holes

  3. Edge Work
    *Chisel for Hand Sewing

  4. Dye, Finish, Antique, and Top Coat

  5. Final Assembly

Check out some of our step-by-step project tutorials here.

Making a Leather Plant Hanger

In this post, we’ll be showing you how to make a leather plant hanger using just a few simple tools and materials.

What you will need:

Plant with pot – we used a fake plant in this tutorial but you can use real if you’ve got a green thumb! Clearly, we do not! 🙂

Leather of your choice, we recommend 4/5 oz. or heavier.
Leather we used
Strap Cutter
1/4″ double cap rivets
Rivet Setter
Maul or Mallet
Hole Punch, 5/16″ and 3/32″
Brass Ring

Step 1:
Measure your plant pot using a ruler or string starting at one edge and going underneath the pot to the opposite edge.

Step 2:
Using the wooden strap cutter, cut two straps measuring 3/4″ wide and trim to the length you measured on your pot (ours is 11″). Cut two straps 5/16″ wide x 32″ long. You can make these longer or shorter based on how low you want your pot to hang.

Step 3:

Clip or round the corners of the 3/4″ straps if desired using a knife or round strap end punch. The straps can also be left as is.
Using the 5/16″ punch, punch a hole at each end of the 3/4″ straps.
*Pro-tip: if you want your plant hanger to have more of a polished look vs. rustic, use some water and a canvas cloth to slick the edges.

Step 4:
Using the 3/32″ punch, punch a hole in the center of each of the 3/4″ straps. These will be the rivet holes.

Step 5:
Criss-cross the two 3/4″ straps at a right angle and set using a double cap rivet and rivet setter.

Step 6:
Thread one end of one of the 5/16″ pieces of lace through one of the holes on the 3/4″ strap and tie a knot on the outside (smooth side of the leather). Tie the other end on the opposite end of the same strap. Repeat with the other piece of lace.

Step 7:
Slide a brass ring over the top of the laces to keep the lace together. This will help keep the laces together when hanging.
Slide the leather holder under your pot, and it’s ready to hang up!

This works for a variety of sizes and shapes of pots!

Check out some of our other project tutorials here!