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How to Make Your Own Leather Wallet Template!

teacher avatar David Gonzalez, Industrial Designer & Leatherworker

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Welcome to the Class

    • 2. The Importance of Pattern Making

    • 3. Materials Needed

    • 4. Designing the Pattern

    • 5. Locating the Stitching Lines

    • 6. Using the Pattern

    • 7. Types of Lines

    • 8. Conclusion

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About This Class

In this class, you will learn how to quickly create your own template for building a handmade simple wallet. 

Leather templates, or patterns, are very important when working with any leather project.

They not only show us the right shapes of our product that we need to cut in leather, but also help us optimize the amount of the material needed to reduce waste. 

This waste, in the long run, eventually translate to loses and higher costs.

In this class, you will learn:

  • The considerations needed to start drawing your wallet pattern such as sizes and spaces. 
  • The importance of making a good pattern since the beginning. 
  • The different ways in which you can use a pattern over the leather. 

Once you learn the techniques in this class, you will have acquired a solid basis on the important aspects to consider when designing your own leather wallets. 

These techniques can be easily replicated in any other leather project you have. 

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David Gonzalez

Industrial Designer & Leatherworker


Hi! I'm David. I'm an industrial designer from Monterrey, Mexico. Over the past 6 years I've been working with leather projects on my own and is something I enjoy doing very much. 

Today I feel happy to have the opportunity to share with you my experience not only in leatherworking, but also on other topics I've learnt during this time, hoping you will enjoy learning and developing the different projects we'll cover in our classes. 

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1. Welcome to the Class: Hi everyone, welcome to the class, and I'm an industrial designer, leather worker into the England to show you how you can create your own barrier for building handmade minimalist walls. I've been working with leather for over six years and is something that I feel very passionate about. During this time, I've realized the importance of building a barren before working directly with leather. Having a good buyer and designer will save your time, resources, and help you avoid mistakes. Since the beginning. When you watch this class, you'll learn how you can make your own pattern for when you want to build a minimalist handmade leather wallet. First, we will learn what aspects to consider when designing the wallet. I'll show you how to draw a batter you can use as many times as you want that can help you easily replicate your own world design, as well as different ways in which you can use a pattern to cut a leather piece. Once you've learned these techniques, you can apply them to any letter while you want. At the end, the project for this class is to create your own pattern for building a handmade minimalist other wallet using the techniques that we cover in the class. In another glass, we will use the same button to build to a 100 main minimalist other wallet. So make sure to keep your pattern and hat. Let's get started. 2. The Importance of Pattern Making: There are a number of reasons you want to build a good pattern before working directly with any other project. Imagine trying to build a house from scratch without a blueprint. We're creating a rocket without any plants or bill materials, building a house that way it might not be impossible, but it certainly would make the process much easier if we had a good plan beforehand. The same concept applies to leather working on a much smaller scale, of course, yet no less important. And that's why I decided to dedicate an entire course on this topic before moving straight forward to leather working. When you work with leather, your parents or your guides, they will help you understand the amount of material you need to build a project. They will help you visualize how the product will look when finished. They can also tell you the most appropriate steps to follow to build your project more efficiently. I remember when I first started working with letter six years ago, I was so excited to build my first hamular wallet that I went to work directly on the level. Because of this, I built my wallet without the proper dimensions to consider for the cars, foods, and stitching lines, that wouldn't work. But there's lots were very tied to the guards. And as I continue to work on that either directly, I began to realize I had wasted so much material that I could have easily helped me build more wallets or any other small products. I could have avoided a lot of waste if I work it brilliantly with a plan, instead of going directly over the letter. We can summarize the benefits of building good patterns into words, resource optimization. Consider every aspect you need to build a wallet or any other another project. Leather thread, lining, blue. Even your time and effort are necessary resources for making your project. With a good pattern. You can calculate and optimize the amount of leather you'll need. Otherwise, you might face some serious amount of waste in the process. Ways that could have given you enough material to build 123 or more wallets that will translate to potential learning. The same goes for the other resources you have. A good pattern will save you time on trying to see the best way to assemble your project done otherwise. And you might face reworking is because you forgot to carry on a critical step in assembly of your product. And now you have not only wasted time, but even other resources such as leather, thread explained and so on. As you can see, I cannot stress enough the importance of building a good parents since the beginning of any other project. Hopefully, you find this message useful. In the next section, we'll talk about the materials you'll need for building the pattern. 3. Materials Needed: The materials you'll need for this class are very easy to get. For designing this project, you will need cardboard paper or cable paper, gable paper evenly favorite for pattern-making. First, because you can bend it over many times we're at breaking. This is very useful when you have it Byron, there is mirror, meaning is identical. Other, in this case, you can make all the measurements on one side and just flip it to have the same measurements on the other side. Also, because cable paper is more rigid than regular bomb paper, it is easier to work over the leather. If you prefer to work with regular bond paper, that's fine. You will find however, that it tends to work easier with time like gable paper. You'll also need one cutting safety ruler. Safety rulers usually have cork underneath this medicine wheel and more stable and passing and accept a knife and protects your fingers because it gives the ruler and extra high. From where the blade is passing. A pencil or pen and eraser. A pair of scissors, or an acceptance life. An X-Acto knife helps you make easier and more precise cause of the burn. Sisters were well or require more time to accurately cut through the lights. If you are going to work with and accept the night, make sure you have a cutting mat to predict the surface of the table. You are working on a compass or a wind divider. Once you have all these materials, we can proceed to design our pattern. 4. Designing the Pattern: Let's begin to design a pattern. The pattern for this world is very easy to make. However, there are some considerations you need to take in mind. Remember, this marbled crucial details can be replicated to other projects you have in mind. In time, these details will come automatically when designing wallets, cardholders and ever being a product such as laptops, leaves, and the handbags that need to have very precise compartments. The first thing is unnecessary space for their cars to comfortably fit in your wallet. This includes how much you would like the Carter stand out once inside the pocket and being able to put it inside freely, we are creating a huge size wallet. Remember, we're trying to keep this wall at a simple yet practical as possible. So because of this, when they sign in to your pattern, always consider the dimensions of the items that you will, who would carry. In this case, a traditional credit card size is 85.60 by 53.98 millimeters or tree and three-eighths of an inch by 2 and 1 eighth of an inch. With this information in hand, we can begin to get the general they mentioned from the wallet, because these will be above a wallet. Let's begin by obtaining the height of the wallet, which will remain constant true, or all the pieces. To calculate the height, we need to consider the distance between the cart to the stitching and the distance between the stitch to the edge. Over time, I've come to the conclusion that the most appropriate distance between the car and the stitching is six millimeters. This is because with this distance, guards don't come loose on their own when they're well, it's new, neither feel very tight or hard to put in. This is also important since you don't want your car to get damaged, trials place it in your wallet. And other reason is that with time, there is a high chance you'd begin filling your wallet with more cards as the other begins to break in. With this measurement, you can easily fit a total of seven cars on each side of the wall. It will making it a very thick. And you can also fit a good amount of bills falling one side. That gives us a total of 14 guards and Builds folder in this more water. Now, we need to add the distance from the stitching line to the edge of the wallet. Usually this distances between 34 millimeters. In this case, we will leave the distance of four millimeters. This is a very good distance between the thread and the edge. And the reason is that structurally speaking, the wallet is strong enough to resist taking out and bullying cards constantly over time. Even if you're using everything level for your project. Sees there is enough letter from the chin line to the edge. It won't break easily. Now we know that the water is higher will be the sum of the higher the car plus 10 millimeters on each side, giving a total of 105.6 millimeters. That is. The height of the guard plus six millimeters to one side of the car, to the stitching, plus four millimeters from this, the chink to the edge, ten millimeters on both sides. This gives us a total of 20 millimeters. So the height of the card, 85.60 plus 2105.6. For practical purposes, we can set the height to a total of 105 millimeters. We can now begin drawing the pattern with your ruler. Draw straight line across the cardboard. Draw another line parallel to the first one with a separation of 105 millimeters between them. A quick tip for making sure you are going to stay with his lines is to mark weigh a 105 millimeters in various points throughout the initial line, and then draw the second line, making sure the ruler connect all those dots. Now we can begin drawing the vertical lines to define the length of each card slot. For this design, we need for car slots. Two will expose a small fraction of the front God alone to see which cars we have quick access to when the wall it is open. While the other two will be hidden slots. At different, making this more slots fast is to garden CRLF with a measurement of the car. We note that in measures 54 millimeters when we also know that the distance between the edge of the wallet and stitching line is four millimeters. And that there is more space between the stitching line and the word that Carl will sit. So for practical purposes, a trick we can do is make the width of that slot the same as the width of the guard. Since the amount of space needed for the stitching will make our guards stand out from those load a small amount. We can round this measurement to 55 millimeters. So from the first vertical line withdrew. We only need to draw another vertical line at a distance of 55 millimeters. This rectangular shape will be our first piece of our pattern. Now, we need to walk away with a hidden slots. To begin, we can draw a vertical line next to the first law we drew. The width of the hidden slots are very important for the wallet where designing, since they were afraid that total width of the wallet. Both open and closed on one hand because they are supposed to be hidden. We don't want any cards to be seen, but also we don't want the cars to be way inside to the point where it becomes uncomfortable to take him out. Here's worst ethics and symmetry can come into play in your design. Notice that we can play with the extra mom of card that leans out the slot. This edge of the card can services or visual equilibrium point, so to speak, to know how much we're going to expand the next slot. So it looks very well balanced. We can measure that distance there is between the edge of the first slot and the edge of the garden stands out and add that distance to the other side. In this case, the guards stands out approximately seven millimeters, another seven millimeters. And we get 14 millimeters to add to this sludge, making it a total of 69 millimeters. We can play around with one millimeter with no problem leaving you that told me with the slot to be 70 millimeters. This rectangular piece is the second of our pattern and another with the first law we design, we will use it twice. Now, we need to obtain the main external piece. This can be a very tricky piece because if we leave it very wide, the water can develop creases on the edge in time due to the excess of leather present, as you can see in this example. If it's narrow, closing the wallet and taking out cards from the hiddens lots can become very uncomfortable. Thankfully, we can calculate this extra mom needed at the center in a few steps. The only thing we need is to know the total thickness of the world when closed. If you look at the edge, you will notice how at the end of the second slot of the leather begins to turn. If we continue this curvature, we would finally have just created half a circle. We can calculate the circumference of that circle to obtain the length, there needs to be between the two hidden slots. In this case, for this wallet, the diameter of the half circle would be of 10 millimeters. So we can get this conference may multiplying ten by pi around 31 millimeters. And since we are working with only half a circle, we only need to consider that distance, 15.5 millimeters. That is the approximate distance that needs to be between the two hidden slots. This distance will allow your wallet to close comfortably, even fully backed, without compromising aesthetics of the wallet itself. All that's left to do to get this last piece is to add the width of both hymns lot. And that 15.5 millimeters we just found. This sum gives us a total of 155.5 millimeters. We can round to 155. Seems 0.5 millimeters won't affect the functionality of the wall. And we can look in much faster, 155 millimeters in our ruler, and then 156. So the total length of the main piece and the wallet is 155 millimeters times 105 millimeters. 5. Locating the Stitching Lines: Now that we have finished the slots and main pieces, we must indicate the stitching line along the entire wallet. We know that the distance between the edge of the wallet and the stitching line is four millimeters. So we do ruler in pencil, simply draw straight lines inside the pattern at a distance of four millimeters from the edges. The front slots will have to have this line along all the way on top, one side and at the bottom, leaving a lateral side without any stitching line. The hidden slots will only require the exposed part to have the stitching line. As for the main piece, I recommend you only leave the exposed center part with the stitching line. However, if you plant this tissue while it from the outside, all you need to do is to draw a contour line main piece. We're an internal offset of four millimeters. You can also use a winged divider or compass to create the offset over the edge lines of the batter. When dividers are very useful tools, they help you create a bath in the letter that will be your guide for stitching. So I definitely recommend you get this tool if you're seriously considering leather working. Another tool you can use is a good quality compass. Tried to use a professional precision campus, since they can only be opened or closed through a metal rod, the guarantees accuracy. Recommendation is to identify each piece. You can number them for. Make a light color highlight to quickly recognize others you may have around. 6. Using the Pattern: As you have seen, creating this pattern was very simple and can be made very quickly as you begin to gain more experience. There are several ways in which we can use any pattern. Among the most common ones are cutting the pattern along the edges and use it to draw a line in the leather wear leather pen to then cut the leather pieces. Guarding the level directly with the pattern on top of it as a guide. Fixing that baton to the leather with some tape and cut along the edges. Marking the leather using the baton to identify key points or the leather should be worked. I personally like to work with this last method for several reasons. First, contrary to other method, I have found this is a way more precise way to cut the leather since you are identifying the exact position of the beginning and end of an edge stitch, line or border. Second, with this method, you can reuse a barren along the entire letter P is once you've marked the previous sections, this will help you save a lot of time when trying to know how much, whether you have already occupied, how much available level there's still is. Finally, because you are only marking the pattern at the edge ones, the whole darn is only going to affect the paper that first time. So when you look forward to reuse the batter, you only have to find the holes Urey did previously. We just crush all in multiple piece of leather. Your pattern can last you much longer since you're another worrying in searches. We're leather pen or a knife. However, everyone likes to use their own parents in their own way. The best way is, you know, which way is more convenient for you is to try different methods and see which one you feel more comfortable working with. 7. Types of Lines: As time goes on, just as with any other activity, you become aware of many details in your designs that are obvious and almost work automatically as you begin developing your products. However, as a final recommendation, it is best to understand all the details that your design should have since the beginning. In this case, we are referring to the sittings and spaces created between leather pieces when we assemble our products. As you can see, I have drawn the same pattern again. And now we're going to first identify the stitching lines that go in each piece. We know that this line has an internal offset of four millimeters from the edge of the battery. And we have indicated this offset with our compass or a wing divider. For the stitching lines, I recommend you draw a short dashed lines. Since the appearance these lines get is that of fine stitches along the wallet. This is also important is to identify this basis where all the leather pieces all sit on top of larger pieces in our design. For those cases, I recommend using long dash. Thanks. Once you're finished drawing the lines, you can include the measurement of each piece, the position where HBase was said, and mark each one with their own number, as we've seen previously. So for our members, optional but good practice to avoid losing your power in the future is to make a hole in each piece and tie them together. 8. Conclusion: We have finally reached the end of the course. It is now time for you to create your own pattern. With the skill centroids you have learned today, you can either design it, it become very creative when doing so. Remember that your initial parent may be the master for any variation you want to make. Imagine designing 2, 3, 4, a 1001 so easily, thanks to apply the same concepts every time, knowing that they will work well, since you have already tested the master design before. We cover in this class, straight vertical and horizontal lines. However, you can play with curved lines, diagonal lines, or mixed lines. Small lesions like this make products stand out and become easily recognizable from the competition. When you finish your project, make sure to share in the project section. I hope you have enjoyed taking this class and hopefully they will be very useful for you on your journey through level working. As I said at the beginning of the class, keep your pattern of hands is we will be using it to create two minimalist leather wallets. See you in the next class. Thanks for joining.