Handmade a leather pen case

Handmade a leather pen case (build process)

Finished pic first
I start with full grain vegetable tanned leather from Italy. It has a number of properties that make it perfect for a pen case.

After marking my pattern onto the leather with an awl, I cut the pieces out with a sharp round knife.

Next, I glue the exterior pieces to the back of the interior leather and firmly press them together.

The interior lining leather is a French goat skin. It has a soft pebbled grain, which helps prevent pens from getting scratched when stored in the case.

Then I trim off the excess lining leather. I place a cutting board under the project when using a round knife, since the knife will dig into typical cutting mats and make cutting difficult.
This is the assembly stage. After making the strap, I glue the parts together and clamp them in place.
The clamps apply pressure, which helps the glue form a solid bond.
I carefully cut off a bit of excess leather. This is an optional stage, but getting the layers flush makes the final edging easier.
At this point, I begin stitching. First, I mark a line where the stitches will be placed. Then I use a tool called a pricking iron to mark diagonal slits on the leather. This enables the stitches to be evenly spaced and sewn at a consistent angle.
Stitching: I use a technique called saddle stitching. It's time consuming, but creates a stitch significantly stronger than a machine can produce. When pulled off properly, it also looks quite nice.

I used a waxed linen thread from France. This is a traditional thread for leather working. The wax helps prevent the thread from fraying, makes it more durable and allows it to easily slide through the holes.

Edge finishing is the last stage. Here you can see beveling, which rounds off the edge of the leather. After this I sand and apply multiple coats of an Italian edge paint to create a slick and uniform edge. Edge finishing is often overlooked. However, it makes project look better, while increasing durability.

There are a number of ways to paint edges, but I prefer to do it all by hand and apply the paint with an awl.

This is what the finished edges look like. You can see some of the other things I've made at www.instagram.com/fullgraincreations/

Thanks for looking

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