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Legacy Brand Leather was created by Ted Atkins in 2013 with the intent to share his passion for minimally designed leather goods. "For me, the word 'legacy' has grown to mean 'to pass the torch' to the next generation. This means sharing your art, craft, skill, or passion with hope to inspire someone on their own journey."Since 2013, Legacy Brand Leather has sold goods locally and in the international marketplace. Ted continues to share his passion for the craft over weekly videos, which you can be seen on his YouTube Channel @legacybrandleather. In this project, Ted uses our stoned Oil Side to create this Satchel. Let's get started!



Step 1

After cutting out the provided templates, roll out your leather and begin by trimming one edge of the leather to a clean straight edge.

Step 2

Using a Craftool® Strap Cutter (3080-00), make 1" wide straps.You will be making 4 total, 2 for the front of the bag (in templates), and 2 longer ones for the shoulder strap.

Step 3


Trace the templates onto the leather and cut out the rest of the pieces. I'm using the scratch awl Craftool® 4-in 1 Awl Set (3209-00) to trace and Craftool® Sure-Grip Shears (3048-00) to roughly cut. Then use something like the Personna Folding Utility Knife (3594-00) for finer cutting and rounding corners. Note: We are leaving the side panels longer to be trimmed down later.

Step 4

Using a Round Knife (1015-04), skive down 1/2" of the ends of the side panel pieces where they will meet on the bottom of the bag. You're aiming for half of the thickness when skiving.

Step 5

Rough 1/2" bottom of the side panel with a Craftool® Pro Detail Rougher (83005-00). Glue up with Ecoweld Water Based Contact Adhesive (2532-01), layering over the 1/2" we just skived down. Once the glue is set, mark a 1/4" stitch distance with a Wing Divider (3607-00) and hammer your holes using a 4-in-1 Leather Punch (3052-00) or your preferred pricking irons. Stitch it up! (If you feel more comfortable adding another support stitch, do so now.)

Step 6

For any step moving forward, make note that I will be Burnishing any of the exposed edges of the bag using some Eco-Flo® Gum Tragacanth (2620-01) and a wood slicker. This means any of the straps, exposed pocket edges, securing tags, etc.  

Step 7

On the Front Panel piece, we're going to glue the Front Pocket in place, hammer, and stitch that up. I chose to put my logo on the front pocket.

Step 8

Install the Buckles to the front panel using the buckle tags and Double-Cap Rivets (1381-11), using the Craftool® Hand Press (3990-00).

Step 9

Mark a 1/4" stitch line on the back edge of the top flap.

Step 10

Place the top flap where it will sit against the back panel and hammer your holes through both pieces. When finished, set the Top Flap aside for later.

Step 11

Glue and stitch up the interior pocket to the middle of the interior divider.  

Step 12

Skive down 1/2" from the edge on each side of the interior divider. Do the same with the back panel where the interior divider will sit .875" down from the top.This will make it easier when sewing the bag.

Step 13

Glue this interior divider piece to the interior flesh side of the Back Panel .875" down from the top.

Step 14

Mark a 1/4" stitch line with the wing divider on the flesh/interior side of the front, and back panel.

Step 15

I will be stitching this bag inside out. Add glue to the grain side of the front or back panel, depending on which side you want to start stitching up. I'm using some Tanner's Bond Adhesive Tape (2535-00).

Step 16

Attach the side panel piece to the front or back panel, lining up the bottom stitched side panel pieces with the center of the front panel.

Step 17

If using the adhesive tape, remove the protective covering to expose the glue now and adhere the front panel to the side panel piece. I like to use small binder clips to help the shape as I'm gluing this up.

Step 18

Once all glued, follow the stitch line you made earlier and hammer through the side panel piece.

Step 19

Stitch it up!

Step 20

Repeat the process for the back or front panel to the other edge of the side panel.

Step 21

Once all stitched up, flip the bag inside out.

Step 22

Now trace the side panel wings on the excess leather of the side panels. Trim off the excess.

Step 23

Attach the securing tags to the top flap where specified using double cap rivets.

Step 24

Glue and sew the top handle piece, including the dee ring hardware.

Step 25

Attach the top handle to the top center of the top flap by installing the dee ring hardware to the top securing tag piece.

Step 26

Place the top straps where they should sit on the top flap. Hammer the hole through using the existing holes as a guide and glue using adhesive tape.

Step 27

Glue the top flap to the back panel and stitch the top flap to the back panel.

Step 28

Use a Craftool® Pro Rotary Leather Punch (3230-00) to punch out the holes on the top straps, spaced 1" apart.

Step 29

Assemble the shoulder strap by gluing, hammering, and stitching.

Step 30

Install the dee ring hardware to the center of the side panels near the top, below the wings we've traced and cut. 

Step 31

Install the trigger snap to one end of the strap by punching a hole and installing a double cap rivet.

Step 32

Install the buckle hardware with a Double Cap Rivet to the other end of this piece. Size it to your liking-I did about 12". If you want to create a strap loop keeper, do this before installing the double cap rivet.

Step 33

Install the other trigger snap hardware to the other long strap piece.

Step 34

Feed the other end of the strap through the shoulder strap.

Step 35

Using a rotary punch, place your holes at the end of this strap. I spaced mine out 1" at a time and sized to my preference.

Step 36

Attach the strap to the bag.

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