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How to Make a Minimal Leather Apple Watch Strap

Timothy Ung, Architect | Designer | Maker

How to Make a Minimal Leather Apple Watch Strap

Timothy Ung, Architect | Designer | Maker

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13 Lessons (1h 13m)
    • 1. Introduction to the Course

      0:23
    • 2. Tools and Materials

      8:45
    • 3. Cutting the Leather

      4:15
    • 4. Punching Adjustment Holes

      1:39
    • 5. Burnishing the Edges

      8:12
    • 6. Making Strap Keepers

      9:15
    • 7. Skiving the Leather

      4:03
    • 8. Attaching the Watch Connectors

      6:07
    • 9. Tooling the Watch Strap

      3:55
    • 10. Stitching the Watch Strap

      9:28
    • 11. Gluing the Keeper and Latch

      3:48
    • 12. Tooling and Stitching the Strap

      10:47
    • 13. Conclusion

      2:28
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This is a beginner leatherworking course where I'll teach you how to make a minimal leather Apple Watch Strap using basic tools and materials. We'll start off by going over every tool. Then, I'll show you how each one is used and along with a step by step process of how I would make a minimal leather Apple Watch strap.

The course comes with a resource guide with all the materials and tools that I used in this video.

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Timothy Ung

Architect | Designer | Maker

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Hi there! I'm Tim Ung, an architect, designer, and maker with a background in leatherworking. I have a passion for handmade crafts and I want to share my process of designing and making products with you.

You can also find me on YouTube at Tim Ung and see behind the scenes of my process designing and making products from different materials.

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1. Introduction to the Course: Hey there and welcome to my Skillshare course where I'll be teaching you how to make a minimal leather Apple watch strap. This is an introductory level course to leather working where I'll be teaching you how to use a template to cut out all of the shapes that we need for this watch rap. Then I'll show you how to tune the leather attached the accessories and finish it to create this beautiful product. Let's get started with this project. 2. Tools and Materials: Before we get started with today's project, I highly recommend that you go and save my other two Skillshare courses on leather working so that you can go back and watch them after you finish this course. Those other courses dive deeper into leather as a material and it teaches you about the different quality of leather that's out there. Now with that, let's talk about the tools and materials that we'll be using to make this minimal leather Apple Watch trap. The first couple of things that we'll jump right into is that you'll need these Apple Watch connectors. You can buy these Apple Watch connectors on Amazon and they'll come in different sizes. So if you're looking to make a larger size, you would need to coordinate that with the type of Apple watch that you're getting. And also what the accessory that will attach to the sides here. Once you get this piece, you then have to measure this width here of the piece so that you know what size leather watched draft can fit onto it. This particular project was made for the smaller Apple Watch size, but you can also scale it up or find a different template that will match the size that you're looking for. The other thing you'll need that goes with it is a screwdriver that looks like this. A lot of these Apple watch strap accessories will have small screws where you'll need this to pull the screw out. And that will unlock and unhinged this bar right here. When that bar comes off, you can then slide your leather through it and attach it to the inside. The other watch accessory that we'll need for today's project is a watch class that looks like this. They come in different sizes, shapes, and colors. So find the one that you really like and just make sure that it's the right width to work for today's project. Now in terms of the leather working tools, the most important one is a template that looks like this. The template is very useful in helping us quickly cut out the shapes that we need to the exact size and shape. When we're looking at the watch straps, they typically come in two different pieces. These two pieces work in conjunction with each other. Sometimes when you're making a more complex leather watch rap, you'll actually include additional pieces that act as filler pieces to make the leather of bump out a little bit. But for today's simple project, we'll be using these two pieces here. These templates work in this way. This one here is the side that has all of the holes that helps the person size the watch trap to their wrist. These holes will help us locate where all of the hole should be punched. And the way that we'll do that is we'll use this gradual and mark the holes and come back in and punch each one of them out. This side here is actually used in conjunction with the watch class that we were talking about earlier. When we look at this piece here and we look at the watch class, there's usually a little latch here that'll actually go through the leather. Once it's cut out. This latch here will be exposed so that it actually is part of that finish. But the pin piece right behind it is where the leather will be wrapped around. So these two pieces work in conjunction with one another. Now that I talked about the template, the next part is the scratch all this crap all is really important because of what I was talking about earlier. It's going to help us locate where the holes are. And it's also going to help us and mark out this rectilinear shape so that we can cut it out of the leather later. To cut out the leather will be using a scalpel that looks like this. I typically use one from a company called exact dough because this particular one has a really fine tip and it's extremely sharp so it cuts through the leather really easily. We'll also be using this curves punch here in conjunction with this template here, because this shape actually fits perfectly here, we don't really need to use this. We can actually use the exacto blade and trace that curve here if that's the way that we want to go. We'll also be using two different types of punches. This one here is from Tandy leather factory and it's a hole punch. The reason why I'm using this is because I want to use this to help me actually cut out all of the holes that you see in this template. These holes are larger than the other hole punch that I'll show you now. This hole punch is one that I got from a company called sign of rocks. And it's such a beautiful leather punch. If you don't have this, you can use any other leather punch because this is going to help us make the holes that we need for stitching the leather together. I'll be using a two-prong for this project. You can also use a diamond shape, the prong instead of a hole like this. Or you can use any other ones that you're comfortable using, will also be using a white waxed thread from a company called main thread company. And this one is at 0.035 inches. It's a thicker thread, but I loved that because it actually adds to the aesthetic of the watch strap to stitch the leather with the white wax thread, I'll be using this leather stitching needle, which is different from a sewing needle because the end of it isn't pointy and sharp. This one is actually blunt because it's made for saddle stitching. And a lot of cases, this end will touch your finger and that's why the end of it isn't sharp. We'll also be using this edge bevel or when we're ready to finish the edges. And then this malate here is a nylon malate. It's specific for leather working because we're going to take this and we're going to use it to knock the back of our punch irons. And the way that we do it as we hold this as vertical as we could to the leather, hold it down and then we'll take this malate and hit the back of it will also be using this water-based glue that I got from a company called district leather supply. The reason why I like using this water-based glue is because contacts the MET, which is the preferred option for a lot of leather workers, has a lot of off-gassing. This particular product doesn't have any of that off-gassing to apply it. I'm going to use an old brush that I had from an art project. And then when we're ready to finish, the edges for this project will bevel the edges using the edge Beglar that I showed you earlier. And then we'll send the edges with a 150 grit sandpaper followed by 220 grit sandpaper. Once it's sanded down, will then take this burnishing agent here from token URL. We'll apply it to the edge, and then we'll use this burnishing piece of wood to finish the edge once. And after that we'll apply some more of the token old burnishing agent. And then we'll take a canvas cloth like this and we'll finish burnishing the edge and finishing it off with this canvas cloth. This is an important part of it because this is what actually makes the edges really shiny and beautiful. The last couple of things that we'll be using is a metal ruler like this. This one might be a little bit oversized, but it's the only one that I had on hand right now. We'll be using this to cut out one of the watch trap keepers that you'll see me make later in this video. We'll also be using this piece of leather here. I've had this for a long time now from a previous project that I made, this blue leather is beautiful and it has such a different change in texture and appearance as you go from one side to the other. So I really wanted to see what this would look like as a minimal leather Apple Watch trap. In terms of the last couple of things, this gigantic cutting mat that's on my table right now is my preferred cutting mat for all of my projects. This particular one is 36 inches by 48 inches wide. The reason why I like a big mat like this is because I love having the work surface area, especially when I'm working with leather. They typically come in sizes that are way bigger than this. This is just the size that I've already cut down. And the last two things we'll need is going to be a granite slab or something that looks like this. And on it that I actually have this piece here that's applied onto it. This is just like the LBL board that I'll be linking in the project. Show notes for this particular Skillshare course. This here isn't a pound o board, but it's very similar. It's essentially a piece of material that's kind of like rubber and it helps protect all of your tools when you're working with your malate and anything like this so that you don't damage the ends of it. That's all of the tools and materials that we'll be using to make this minimal leather Apple Watch trap. Make sure you scroll down to the project description section of this Skillshare course where I'll be sharing a link to my website with all of these tools and materials there so that you can easily find exactly what you're looking for. And also, I'll share some additional resources for where you can buy some leather. Now with that, let's jump into making this minimal leather Apple watch strap. 3. Cutting the Leather: To cut today's project, I'll be using these two leather templates along with an exact dough knife. I'll be tracing the edges of the templates with the exact dough knife so that I can cut out this exact shape to cut out the curve at the bottom here. I'll be using this curved punch tool right here, aligning it down there, and then taking my mallet and holding it down vertically and knocking it so that it knocks that corner out. Once I have that done, I'll be using this scratch all here along with this template so that I could actually mark all the locations of the holes so that the watch strap can have the latch go right through. So let's get started with cutting this project out. Hi. Now, Good afternoon class. Okay. Okay. 4. Punching Adjustment Holes: Now that we've cut out the leather using the template, the next step is going to be taking this hole punch and this melody here and punching out all of the holes in this piece of leather where we've marked out with this scratch all the locations of all the holes that we need for this particular watch strap to be able to be adjusted. Those holes will be used in conjunction with the watch glass so that the latch can goes through and latch into place. We'll be doing it on top of the pound o board that we were talking about earlier. That way we can protect the tips of this hole punch. Let's get started with that step. Again. Now that it's a line folded vertically and knock in its place. And we'll do the same for the last four holes here. Now with that, we've got all of the hole is knocked out for adjusting the watch straps. So now let's jump into the next step, which will be finishing all of the edges of this piece of leather before we start to tool the rest of it and put it all together. 5. Burnishing the Edges: To finish, the edges of this leather watch strap will be using this edge bevel there first that we can bevel the edges of the skin side up here. Once we do that, Well then take some sandpaper and I'll use this 150 grit sandpaper first is Sandy edges down to give it a rounded profile. Then I'll come back in with this 220 grid just to finish it off. Once that's done, I'll take some token old burnishing agent, apply it to the edges of both of these watch straps. And then I'll find one of the grooves on this would burnishing tool, put it inside here and then I'll go back and forth until I get a nice finish. Once that's done, I'll come back in with this token old burnishing agent again, apply it onto the edges and I'll come back in with the Canvas cloth and I'll rub the edges until it gets that beautiful sheen. So I'll show you how I would do that step-by-step. Then I'll show you the finished edges when I'm done to bevel the edges of this leather watch strap, what I'll do is I'll take my number one edge bestseller. I'll hold this watch strap down and then I'll get it at about a 45 degree angle to the corner. And I'll push it from one edge all the way to the other and work my way around. I'll show you what that looks like now. When you get to the a curve, you can either work your way around in one full sweep or you can actually go and little increments whichever way feels most comfortable for you is a way that you should go. So that's one piece done now we'd have to do the same thing for the opposite side. All right, Now that we're done beveling the edges here, we're going to take the 150 grit sandpaper and we're going to send the edges down to get a rounded profile because what the beveling did was it essentially just made a Chamfer Edge. So now we want to just blend it into the rest of that side of the letter. Be careful doing this too, because when you're sanding, you don't want to slip and actually hit the skin side of the letter. That will end up scuffing the skin side and then it'll lead to that imperfection on the surface. All right, Now that we're done sanding down the edges, I'm going to take the token null burnishing agent here and apply it to the edges of both. And then I'll take this would burnishing to all. And I'll slot the edge of the letter into one of the groups here and rub it back and forth until the burnishing agent gets tacky and starts to make a clicking sound. And then I'll go all the way around the edge and finish it with one layer. And I'll come back in and I'll show you the next step. You'll start to see that the fibers are laying down flatter now that I'm putting the burnishing agent on here. And you'll continue to see that once I start burnishing it with the tool. All right, so the first layer of token all is applied. So now the next step is going to be taking this would burnishing to all, finding the slot that fits with the leather perfectly. And you'll probably see me using one of the lower parts here. And you can see as I'm starting to do this, that it's actually getting a little bit darker already, so it's starting to work. So you can see how the edge actually came out after that first layer. Now we're ready to move on to adding another layer of Tolkien L and using the Canvas cloth to buff it out and actually make the edge really shiny and beautiful. All right, Now that the second layer of Tolkien all is on the edges of the letter, we're now going to take this canvas cloth, hold it up against the edge and rub back and forth until we get that nice tacky feel. And then you'll see the edge actually become shinier. All right, so now we finished the edges of the letter here and you can see that by burnishing the edges, it really cleaned it up. All of the fluff that we saw on Nair is actually now gone. And you can see that it has that beautiful shiny aesthetic to it. So now let's jump into the next step of this project. 6. Making Strap Keepers: Now the next step of this project is to create keepers so that when someone is putting on the watch strap and adjusting it, the excess amount of leather can actually be held in place so that it's with the actual watch rap and not just hanging out and dangling into the open like this. So to do that, what we're going to do is take our metal ruler and take our X-Acto blade. And we're actually going to cut a thin strip that's about a quarter of an inch thick. At most. We want it to be probably closer to about an eighth of an inch. So I'll show you what that looks like and then I'll show you how I would assemble that keeper. The first step here is to make sure that one of your edges is completely straight. I can see that this edge right here is actually pretty straight. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to align my ruler with that edge. And I'm going to see just how wide I want that keeper to be. So I'm going to keep moving this until I'm satisfied with the thickness of it. And I like it right about there, which is about an eighth of an inch. And now I'll take my knife and I'll cut that strip out. So now I've got a piece of leather that's about this wide. And what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to take this and I'm going to take the two pieces of the watch rap, put them together as though you were going to put them on. So sandwiching them together, some thing like that. And I'm going to take this piece here, and I'm actually going to wrap this piece around the entire thing so that I can engage just how much space I need. Wanted to go over slightly so that I can actually stitch the two pieces together. So now I like it's somewhere around here. And you can see it's kind of loop then spiraled around itself, but it has enough space for one of these pieces to actually slide in and out. So now with that, I'm actually going to take my scratch all. And I'm going to mark exactly where I want to cut it so that I can stitch them together as well. I'm going to mark it just about here. And once that's done, I'll put the scratch all down. I'll unwrap it, put it down on my cutting mat. Take my exact dough knife, find that slot, make sure that I can be as aligned as possible. And I'm just going to press down and chop that piece off. Now the next step here to creating the keeper is actually a very interesting one. There's two things that I wanted to mention. The first is that because this is a beginner level course, the one thing that I'm not teaching you today is how to use a skydiving knife. A skydiving knife essentially takes the flesh side of this leather and thins it out at a, at a chamfer. When you do that, it allows you to take both sides and put them together so that they're not as thick as what we're seeing here. This thickness is actually going to show. But instead of using the skydiving knife, I'm just going to show you how I would do that using my exact dough knife. So the one thing I'm going to do first is I'm going to take the two pieces for the watch rap again. And I'm just going to make sure that I know exactly where I want this to be. So I'm happy with where it's landing right here. So what I actually want to do now is I want to mark where they start to overlap. And I can see that they're starting to overlap right about here, where they're overlapping. Now I have that, that dot right there from the scratch all. And I'm going to take this. Now. I'm going to take my exact dough knife, put this down, find where that dot is, which is right about here. And I'm going to angle my exact dough knife and I'm just going to move it back and forth, just the cutoff, a really thin layer. Think of it like you're shaving off the flesh side of the letter just to thin it out. Sometimes it's actually helpful if you have something to prop it up so that you can actually do this and have your knife going parallel to it. So you can start to see some of that flesh coming out. It's the same thing with the skydiving knife, but skydiving knife is a lot bigger. And if you slip sometimes you can cut yourself. So instead just using the exacto knife and taking your time can work as well. If you want to get a skydiving knife, you're more than welcome to do so and to learn how to use it. So now you can see the profile really thinning out here. All right, perfect. So now you can start to see that it's actually tapering off a lot. I still want to get some more of that off so that it's a little bit thinner there. All right, I'm satisfied with that. So now when you're looping it over the way that you would do it as you would want that dinner apart to go on there. I still want to thin it out a bit more. So I'm actually going to take my scratch all. And I'm going to mark where this side ends now. So I'm going to loop this or that dot is located. And I'm actually going to take my scratch all. And I'm going to mark where it is on the opposite side and don't worry about the mark because we're actually going to cover this later. So now I know that I want to also thin out from this mark over. So now let's start doing that with the exact dough knife for the mark is right about here. Hold it down and slowly take that a little bit off. And so now you can see in one swipe, I got a majority of that. And the reason why we're doing this again is just so that we can thin this profile out so that when it's inside the leather, it doesn't pop out and it doesn't push it out. And I'll show you what that looks like later and I'll explain it again. So now you can see when actually sandwich the two of them together like so it's not as thick as it used to be because now the two layers that are thinner are touching. But they're actually being held in place. And they're creating the same thickness as the letter itself. This is a five ounce piece of leather and so the thickness is pretty substantial. And if we didn't do this, you'd end up seeing that in feeling it with the watch strap on. So now that we've done this, let me show you what it looks like when we start putting it together. What we need to do now is we need to take the glue that we have. We need to take the brush and we have to apply some of the glue onto one side and glue this shut. One more time though. I always like to take the watch strap pieces and I take this Keeper that we just made. And I'd like to wrap it around just to make sure that I know exactly where I'm going to put it. So I like words falling right here because this watch rap piece can still move. So I'm going to take this gradual now and mark exactly where that ends. And with that, I'll take this off. I'll take my brush, apply some of these water-based glue from that mark over. And then there, I will wrap this piece around and glue it into place. Now for this step here, the other thing you can do just to make sure that they're being held tight until they dry is take a binder clip and hold it in place or take a clip of any kind. I don't have one on hand. So I'm actually going to just make sure I press them together as best as I could. And then I'll put one of my other tools on top of it just to hold it in place until it dries. While it's drying though, we can move on to the next step. 7. Skiving the Leather: So the next step now is to take this watch strap here and this watch strap here. And we actually want to skydive the back sides of the top so that we can fold them over and actually install the Apple Watch connector in between the letters. So I will show you how I would do that now using the exacto blade. Now that I have the watch straps on my LBL board, I have a little bit more height that I can work with. So what I'll do is I'll actually hang it over the edge of one side here so that I can actually have my knife and go right over from where that mark is, all the way to the edge. All right, So the market is right here. What I want to do is I want to start tampering from there all the way to the edge. Be careful doing this because as you're working, you don't want to cut too much into it and then actually cut the skin layer. So take your time working through this, that the goal here is to thin it out in an angle so that you can fold it over without having it become too thick. And you can see how it helped just to have that extra height here. Because now I can put the blade parallel to the surface that just started working back and forth until I get that layer off, then I'm looking for. So now you can really see it thinning out. Make sure you get the opposite N2. There it is. So I still need to take down this side a bit more realistic, even at all out. Just take your time working through this. All of the hard work you've put in could go to waste if you go too much at an angle and you cut through that skin layers, so take your time working through it and go little by little. So we're just about there. The one thing that I want to do is I just want to clean up the edge a little bit over here by running my knife along it. Okay? Now we have to do the same thing for this side here. So using the other template, I'm just going to align them and mark out exactly where I want it to be. What starts right about here. Now that I've marked it, I know that it's right there. And here it is. Now that we're done skydiving down the tips of both of these sides of the watch strap. The next step is going to be taking the Apple Watch and band itself and actually getting it to fit in here. And it will fold this flap older over on both sides and glue them down together. 8. Attaching the Watch Connectors: Now that we're done skydiving down the back sides of the top of both of these two pieces of the leather watch strap. The next step is to take these Apple Watch bands and wrap the leather around it and glue it into place. Then we'll punch holes through it and quickly saddle stitch using one needle. I'll show you how to do that in this step. So here are the two Apple Watch Band connectors. And the one thing that I wanted to point out is that there are two ways that we can glue this together. The first is that we can simply take the Apple Watch Band connector and take the Apple watch strap that we're making, slide it through, folded over and glue it into place. Alternatively, if we don't wanna do it that way because we're afraid that will glue the watch strap onto this bar. We could use the screwdriver that comes with the watch rap. Go on to this backside of it, unscrewed the screws and take the bar out just to use as a reference guide. And then when we do that, we could literally take this bar, slide it through the hole that is left behind in the leather and actually get it back into place for me. I like to do it in one of two ways. The first way is actually take this screwdriver that came with it and fold this bar, this bend over it and I glue it into place and then I pulled the bar out. That helps me because this here is a little bit bigger than the pin here, but because it's the screwdriver, I don't really care what happens to the screwdriver. What I care about is the Apple watch band. So for this particular step, I'll show you the opposite way, which is a lot easier because this is a beginner level course. That easier way is to take the glue and to take the brush that we're using to brush the glue on and have it nearby so that when we're ready to glue we can get right to it. I'm willing to take the cap off of the glue and then I'll get started. So I wanted to take the Apple Watch Band. Then I'm going to take the letter, slide it right through, and I'm going to push it down to that mark that I made from where I started to skydive. Once I get it there, it looks something like this. So what I'm going to do now is actually take off my Apple Watch. And I'm going to take off the bands that I currently have connected. The reason why I want to do this is because I want to make sure that when I'm ready to attach the Apple Watch Band, that I'm doing it in the correct way. You can see that the backside of the Apple Watch Band has these three black bars, but the opposite side has a magnetic connector. We just wanna make sure that the side that's facing up will be correctly installed. So just to show you how I would do that, I would test it out. I believe these black bars actually come and face upward like this. So to do that, let's just test that and make sure that it will work the way that I'm planning. So you can see it actually didn't connect into place. So I'm going to pull that out and read through it again. So it's actually the opposite where these black bars should be facing up. And there it is, So it just snapped into place. So this is what we're going to be working with here. So now that we know that, we know that this side is facing up. So I'm going to pull that bar out. And now we know that the black bars here face up. So since we know that now, let's take the leather and make sure that this side faces up with the black there. Now would mean that this has to go in this way. So now that the leather is in place and the Apple Watch Band connector is in, Let's take our brush. Take some glue. Brush the glue on and don't get too close to the bar because you don't want to glue the bar into place too. And typically, when you're using glue for leather, you want to make sure that you get it on both sides. And somewhere around here. And now with that, let's fold this over and get it glued into place. Now the glue is only being used to hold it in place temporarily. And what we'll do once it's dry as we'll come back in. And then we will use our hole puncher to punch stitching holes and we'll actually run some stitches right along the edge here. The other thing that's really helpful is to use a clamp to hold this down in place or a binder clip. So I'm going to go and look for a binder clip, and then I will show you the next step. We're going to repeat this with this other bend too. So now we know that the black bars faced up. Let's get this through. And now you can see the black bars are facing up, leather is facing up with it. And now you just need to get some glue on here. And then we'll fold it into place. Okay, So that is pulled this down into place there. So now I'm going to go get some binder clips and I'm just going to clip it to hold it down. And then I'll show you what the next step is. Once the glue is dry. 9. Tooling the Watch Strap: Now that the glue is dry and the Apple Watch connectors are attached to the leather watch straps. The next step is going to be using the two prom hole punch, as well as the malate and knocking holes into both this strap that we made earlier, as well as all of these watch strap pieces. We essentially want to stitch the top portion together so that we can hold that Apple Watch connector in place better than the glue is doing right now. The glue is just a temporary hold. So don't worry if the glue ends up detaching once we start stitching this together. So starting with the keeper, what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to take the keeper and I'm going to take the hole punch and work through the back of it. The reason why I'm doing this is because I don't want to go through the front and actually damage the keeper. I want the keeper to be really beautifully done on one side. So I'm going to find the center. And the goal of this is just so that we can stitch this together and hold the two ends so that they don't slide apart. So I'm going to show you how I would do that now, make sure you're centered over it. Hold the prongs vertical and not get right through. And now we've got the holes there so we can start stitching that together. We're going to do the same thing now for the watch strap. And what I'm going to do is I'm actually going to take my scratch all. I'm going to take this piece here and actually figure out where exactly I want to stitch it together. I'd like it to be somewhere around here. And so I'm going to take my scratch all and just make a very light line on there. And I'm going to do the same thing here on this piece. The line is just the guide to make sure that we can keep this as straight as possible. So now maybe I want it right about there. I'm going to do the same thing and draw a very light line. Now that the line is drawn, I'm going to use my two-pronged iron here. And I'm going to do the same thing and I'm going to put four holes in this. So starting on one end here, going to start right here. Blinded up on that line there. Hold it down as tight as you could, vertical and then you knock the whole story. Now that the holes are through, hold it down, wiggle it out. And then I'm going to put one tooth into the previous one. I'm going to align the next tooth on the line there. Hold it down as vertical as I can do the same thing. And now for the last hole, I'm going to repeat that process one more time. Hold it as vertical as I could, pull it out. And now we've got the four holes punched all the way through. Now I'm going to repeat that with this one right here. I want it right about there. So those are the two holes. Now, get the last tooth in their same spot. Line it up with the line that we drew. Hold it as vertical as possible. And do the same thing at the end here. And now we've got all of these ready for stitching. 10. Stitching the Watch Strap: So now to stitch these together, I'm going to use this white thread that is 0.035 inches thick. And I'm going to use this leather stitching needle. With the way that I'm going to do this is I'm going to take this thread and then I'll show you how I would measure it out. So with my thread in hand, all I want to do with this little keeper here is I want to stitch it around maybe two or three times just so that I can have it held in place. That's pretty simple to do. I'm just going to pull this thread so that I have three lengths. And I'm going to pull some extra just so that I can get it into the needle there. So this is one length. That's two lengths, and that's three lengths. And then I just want some extra space for my needle. Now that I have that, I'm going to cut that thread, take it, thread it through. And because this stitching process should go pretty quick for the keeper, I'm just going to leave it loose in the back of the islet of the needle here. Now, I'm going to stick the needle through, pull it all the way through the hole. And then I'm just going to loop it around a few times. So that's one full loop there. And then this here is a second full loop. And I'm satisfied with that. So now I'm going to pull all of that tight. I'm going to lay it down and cut the thread off as close as I could to the letter. And then I'm going to do the same for the back side. And so now the keeper is essentially done and I'm just going to take my mallet and I'm going to knock it into place so that I can flatten out the thread a little bit. And with that, you can see it's pretty flat now. Because later what we're going to do is we're actually going to put this through here. And then we'll fold this piece over to hold it in place. And so I'll show you that later. But for now, let's keep this on the side. Now we're going to repeat that same process of stitching. And for this area here, what we need to do is we need to pull this length, this width here four times with the thread. So what we do is we hold it to this exact width here, and then we grab it. So that's one length, that's two lengths, That's three lengths. And that's for lengths. And now I'm going to pull a little bit extra just so that I can have some additional space for my needle. Now I'm going to cut it right where I just left off. And then now we're going to put it right through the eyelid here. And I'm just going to fold the back. Usually you can actually do this in the proper way where you would stick the needle through the threads that it actually kinda creates a knot. But because it's such a short amount here to stitch, I'm just going to twist the end here. And if it starts to loosen up, I'll come back and fix it. So now starting with the second hole from the end, I'm going to stick the needle through, pull it all the way through yet the thread as close to the end here as possible. I'm going to come back through this next hole, pull it all the way through. I'm going to loop around the edge. This actually adds a really nice aesthetic to it and it shows people that it's handmade because when you're stitching with a leather stitching machine, you typically don't get around the edge like you would with a saddle stitch or a hand sketch like this. And we go back through that first hole. Make sure you don't puncture through the thread. Go ahead and pull it all the way through. And then you go through the next hole and you pull it all the way through. Make sure you're pulling it tight. And then you go through the next TO pull it all the way through it, go through the next hole, pull it all the way through, come back around on the outside, go through that first hole again. Pull it all the way through. Make sure you're aligned there. Pull it tight. Go through the next hole again. Pull it all the way through. And now you go back through that first hole and pull it all the way through. And then there you've got a nice stitched pattern right here going all the way across. And with that I'm just going to pull it tight. We're going to take my knife and I'm just going to trim both of those. Actually, you know what? I will go one more just because this thread here went all the way through. Because wanna make sure that I can tighten this. So now I'm just going to stick it back to the next hole. Thank you. I don't puncture any of the threads. Pull it all the way through. And I wanna get this back into the eye of the needle just because it's slipped out. And then the last part here is going to be an interesting one. So for the last part, I actually want to go through this whole, I'm going to go back because I don't want to go around. I actually wanna go back one. And I want to come out of this side. So I'm going to go halfway through and I'm actually going to pop the needle out of the side of this so that it actually comes out from between the letter. And then I'll pull the needle all the way through. And there it is. So now that's pretty much there. I'm just going to cut this as close as I could. And later, we can come in here with a we can come back in here with a lighter. And we can actually melt the end of this wax thread so that it's tight. And so now this watch strap here is actually done. The next part is do the same thing with this watch rap here. So we're going to repeat this entire process again. 1, 2, 3, 4. Take a little bit extra. Take your knife or your scissors, cut the thread and get it through the islet of the needle. And now let's repeat that process again. Start from the second hole. Pull it through. Actually, I want to start from the back side. Now, pull it all the way through. Make sure that I have a little bit of extra thread hanging out the back there. Come back through the next TO pull it through. Come around, pull it back through there, pull it all the way through, and pull it tight, and then go back through that hole that we originally started from. Pull it all the way through, pull it tight. And now I'm actually going to pinch the backside and pull the two threads type. And then you continue from here. Go through there, come back around, goes to the next whole loop around, come back through the same hole, pull it tight, go back through the next TO pull this tight. And then I'm going to go through this hole here. Pull that tight, go back through the one that we started with so that they end side-by-side. And I'm satisfied with that. So now I'm going to take my knife, come back over here, turn this off really close, come over here and trim this off. And with that, the stitching for these two parts here are complete. We still need to stitch this one down here when we started installing the watch clasp. And then I'll show you how that looks. But for now, we're done with this step. So now let's jump into the next step of this project where we will install that watch clasp and also the keeper. 11. Gluing the Keeper and Latch: The next step now is to take this side of the leather watch strap and to take the keeper that we made earlier, slide it onto that side of the leather watch strap and get it past that opening that we cut out from the template. Once we have it on there, we now need to take the leather watch strap class and actually stick this portion of it through the hole so that we can use it as the clasp. To do that, we need to slide this watch class into that piece of leather and actually take that latch that's attached to it and slide it through the hole. When we get it to this point here, we now have to take the leather and folded. And once we fold that piece of leather, we can also move the watch keeper over a little bit so that we have some space between the class and the keeper. And now this is what it would look like once it's done. The next step here is to actually take some glue and glue the two sides together. And then we'll come in and actually add stitches on both sides of this Keeper here so that we can hold it in place. So let's jump into this step now where I'll show you how I would do that. So this is the assembly that we currently have and I'm going to grab my water-based glue as well as my brush. Dip it into the glue. And I want to make sure that I glue everything from this point here onward. So everything in this area here. We're going to apply a little bit of glue to the bottom side of the keeper as well. Okay. Now that we've got the glue on here, I'm going to move the keeper to where I want it to be. I'm going to base that off of where the class is. Since the clasp is here, I just want my keeper to be a little bit beyond it. And so it's going to take a little bit of finesse here. But once I get it into that spot, I'm going to fold the side with the glue over and I'm going to continue adjusting until I get the keeper exactly where I want it to be. Now, Almost there. And this is where I want it to be. Okay, great. So now that it's in place, I'm actually going to grab my binder clips and have it hold it down in place until they're glue starts to dry. Once the glue dries, I'm going to come back here and use my hole, punch the punch holes and to stitch this assembly together. So let's jump into that step. 12. Tooling and Stitching the Strap: Now that the glue has had some time to dry, I'm going to take my scratch all and draw two lines on both sides of the keeper that I just installed. Those lines are going to be my guide so that I can take my hole punch and actually punch the holes into the leather. So let's jump into that step and I'll show you how I would do that. So now using template as a guide, I'm just going to hold it down into location where I would want the stitches to be. For me. I want to make sure that it's parallel and perpendicular to the watch strap here. And there, I'm perfectly aligned. So now I'm going to draw a line exactly where I want it to be. So I like it in this area right here. And we want to do the same thing on the opposite side of this trap here. Great. Now that the lines are drawn, I'm going to take my two-prong hole punch and I'm going to use my mallets ahead holes into here. I want to have at least three holes, but I'm probably going to have four just so that I can match what I did at the top of the watch trap. So now that I'm aligned here, we're going to hold it as vertical as I could. Use my malate and hit right through it. And here the glue will probably lodge apart, but that's fine because the glue is only going to be there to help us hold it together temporarily. So now I put the hole and put the hole puncher is tooth into the previous hole and then I put the other hole of the hole puncher outside of it, just to use it as a guide. I align it onto the line that I drew with this gradual. Then I knock into the next hole. Perfect. And so here is a tricky part because there's so little room here. But what I'll do is I'll actually eyeball where the last hole will go. Perfect. And so now I'm going to do the same thing on this side of the watch strep. Perfect. So now that the holes are not into this watch strap here, I'm going to take my stitching needle. I'm going to take my white wax thread again and I'm going to repeat the same process for stitching just like I did at the top here. So using my thread, I'm going to measure out four times for the length to 1234 and add a little bit extra for my stitching needle. Then because it's the same length for the next portion, I'm going to use it as a guide and just cut the next piece now so that I don't have to remeasure it. And now that the thread is done, I'm going to put it right through the islet of the needle, pull it through, clamp it down, twist, and then start stitching. So I'll start at the second hole from the end, I'll actually start between the clasp and to keep her because the glue has separated. And I'll start from the back going forward. So from the second hole. And then I will come towards the end, pull it through, come over on the outside, go back through that first hole again. Come right through. Make sure I don't catch the keeper there. Pull it over, pull it tight, come back around and go through the first hole that I started with. Come all the way through the front here, pull it all the way through. And now I want to grab the beginning of the thread here and the one attached to the needle and pull it all the way tight. Now that that's done, I'll keep continuing with this same pattern of stitching. Go through one and work my way through to the next one. Come back around on the outside and go through the first hole again. Make sure that this outer layer is aligned. Pull it tight, and come back through this hole right here. And then I'll go through the first total again just to finish this stitch. And then I will go through one last time. Well first I need to get the thread back through the needle. And now I just want to go one more over just to complete the speech and to have the excess. Thread on the back side. Perfect. So now I'll take this off, take my knife and trim this off tight to the leather one. And there's the backside. So now that stitching is done and now we just need to finish stitching this row right here. So we're going to take the other piece of thread, stick it through the islet of the Nino, and repeat that same process. All right. And with that, this leather watch strap as complete, now we just need to cut off this excess thread. And then I'll take my malate and tap it down really quickly. Just a flattened out that thread, the thread. There you have it. So this is what the minimal leather Apple watch rap looks like. I'm going to install it on my watch and show you what it looks like now. So this is what the minimal leather Apple watch strap looks like when it's finished and installed, It's very simple project to work on. And when you start getting into a more complex form of a leather watch rap, you're usually have two sides where you have the finished side on the front and back. And then you actually have an additional piece that you would cut. You'd build up layers in between those pieces to add really intricate designs and to add that padded layer that you see on the luxury level of watch traps. But for something like this, this is a very rugged look and it's an aesthetic that a lot of people like these days because it's extremely minimal and it's something that you can replace. And it's something that can grow with you. 13. Conclusion: So that's how I make this minimal leather Apple watch strap. This is a really fun project to work on and I'm sure that you can learn how to make 1 over the course of a day. As you get better at making these watch traps and you practice enough, you can probably make several of them in the course of a day. Once you get to that level, you can probably sell one of these leather watch traps for about $75. Starting as you get better at the craft, you can start charging more. I've seen leather watch traps with this similar aesthetic InDesign, go for about a $100 to a $125 and really depends on the market that you're in, a level that you're crafting these at as you make more of these leather watch straps and you start to explore different ways that you can create this kind of a watch rap. And you'll want to stepped up to a luxury level. You can start looking into making a two sided leather watched wrap or you basically have the skin layer on both sides of this watch strap. And then on the inside, you would build up with additional layers of leather and shape it by shaving down to edges and shaving down the actual surfaces of that padded layer. When you do that, you would then need to stitch down the entire side. So it wouldn't just be stitched up here. It actually the stitch running vertically here and here on both of these watch traps. When you get to that level, you're now getting into a very niche in area of leather working where something like that can be sold upwards of $250 and more depending on your crafting level. Making a watch strap at that level is very difficult to do. As you could see, just making this watch strap took a long time. So as you start to practice making these watch straps more and you'll get to a point where you can make a lot of them over the course of a day. And one, you're really good at making these simple ones. That would be the moment for you to start stepping up and trying something a little more difficult. I hope you enjoyed this Skillshare course and if you did, please don't forget to leave a review down below and let me know what you thought about this course. Remember to check out my other two leather working courses here on Skillshare, where I go over how to make a five pocket minimal leather wallet and also how to make a minimal leather valet tray. I truly hope you enjoyed this course and that you can walk away from this making a really amazing minimal leather Apple Watch trap. Thank you again for watching and I'll see you next time.