Wanted a portable shoehorn for a while, but did not find the right one.
Finally found one at Loft, so decided to cover it with leather and hang on my bag.
Quite surprised how fast I finished this one, but I obviously did not spend too much time designing.
Shoehorn after detached from the holder
Marked the outline on the leather
Made holes on the contour +2mm
Attached another leather on the back, punched holes again (a mistake) and started sewing.
What the other side looks like
Cut the leather to match the contour
Did not completely close the leather, but still completed sewing to create a nice shape.
Putting it all together
3rd customization/change I am doing to my Tumi bag.
As I realized the leather on the handle is breaking and looking bad, decided to replace it. Taking the old leather out was easy, stitching (by hand) another one was a pain and I broke 3 needles in the process.
Old Leather after I took it out. Had glue and some other material
Used the old leather to create the shape.
Marking and cutting the leather
Preparations for sewing
Painful process of sewing
Most difficult part. Needle had trouble going through two layers
First time working with Cordovan leather, and what a fabulous leather it is.
Purchased online from Leathermania (payment via Amazon) and what a wonderful leather it is.
Made in Japan by Shinki Hikaku , in Himeji, Hyogo. An area that has many tanneries and good leather companies.
As it is rather small (and expensive), decided to make a business card holder. The Cordovan was used for the exterior and main pocket.
Result is quite good, I could improve the side and how it closes, but overall the result is great.
Decided to have a notebook cover to my notebook cover.
Something that will carry my notebook, a pen and a few business cards.
Design is straight forward, the result is amazing (in my opinion).
Bought a large piece of Crocodile pattern embossed leather at Tokyu Hands.
Have plans for a Laptop carry bag, but still thinking on new products.
As I am too busy, I expect it to take a while till I can complete this one.
Got tired of the camera case I bought and wanted to change the design a bit.
As always, used paper to design (not in the photos), and thought carefully which parts to sew first.
Could complete it quite fast.
30 minutes for the design, 30 minutes for cutting the leather and varnish. + 1 hour to sewing it all together.
(And time to go to Shibuya to buy some parts)
As I lost my previous watch pouch, I believe it was during a business trip in Seoul, decided to make one.
Used バネ口 (literal translation from Japanese, spring mouth), clasp (?). Glued silk to the inner parts to protect the watch and sewed it together.
Overall quite simple, with a very good result.
I need to make a decision if I take another step improving my Leather Craft skills, or just continuing what I am doing now.
Do I make products only to myself, or do I start producing more leather products as presents to friends an family.
Already made a decision I will never try to sell, but for me the biggest difference is wether I continue to buy leather from Tokyu Hands or similar, or do I invest more money and buy better (and more expensive) leather.
Considering buying from Kyoshin . Seems like they have a good product in a reasonable price.