Please read this page which contains useful information and details about the notation we use throughout the patterns. Note that you may or may not encounter some of the elements listed here but they are or have been used in the representation of other projects.
Preparing the pattern
The way we proceed when cutting the paper parts is to loosely cut around their contours and use them afterwards to mark the leather parts that need to be cut from the larger leather sheets. Make sure to join the parts that display half of a puzzle piece as mentioned in the first page and don’t forget to measure the 2 inch reference ruler situated on every pattern page just to make sure you printed the pages using the right settings.
Preparing the leather parts
After loosley cutting the paper and leather parts we then strap them on top of each other using adhesive tape to tightly fit the paper parts on top of the leather ones. This helps a lot when punching out the stitching holes and cutting out the parts. Make sure to firstly punch out every hole that needs to be punched before proceeding to cutting out the actual parts as doing it the other way around will make things harder. Also make sure you use a sharp blade as cutting through paper and leather at the same time tends to rip the paper a bit, especially the low quality type. If you wish to dye and condition your leather and alternatively prepare the edges in case you used thicker leather, then this is the right moment.
Required tools and materials
You will need some 5-6 oz ( ~ 2 mm ) thick vegetable tanned leather and 24 head ball studs. We also used a keyring and a carabiner for ours and should have some at hand they'd be a good addition to the finished project.
The tools we used for this project are ‘the usual’ to put it simply and these are an exchangeable blades cutter, a metal ruler, a 4 mm hole punch, a Craftool 2 mm one prong diamond punching tool ( or a one millimeter hole punch ), a rubber hammer, a screwdriver and two needles.
Be sure to have some masking tape at hand as well and if you wish to dye the leather as we did then you may find Fiebing’s Pro oil dye a very good product. To condition and seal the leather in case you opted for dyeing your project, we recommend Neatsfoot Oil and Acrylic Resolene which are both very good products. We always use 1 mm waxen thread from Amann Serabraid but you may do with whatever’s available to you.