Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Leather Life Classroom!

  • 2

    Basic Skills to Help With Most Projects (This chapter will continue to grow)

    • Preparing Patterns

  • 3

    January 2024 Billfold

    • Overview & Pattern Explanation

    • Cutting Leather

    • Glueing Outer Shell

    • Casing Leather & Transferring Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Backgrounds

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Dye & Oil

    • Skive Pockets

    • Slick Pocket Edges

    • Resolene (all the spots!)

    • Inside Pocket Construction

    • Antique & Resolene

    • Final Construction

    • Finished Look

  • 4

    December 2023 Tree Topper

    • Project Overview

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Cutting Leather

    • Transfer Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Cut Out & Stitch Groove

    • Color & Finish

    • Construction

    • Thank You

  • 5

    November 2023 Tissue Box

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Layout

    • Cutting Leather

    • Marking Borders

    • Cutting Borders

    • Beveling

    • Chevron Stamp

    • Border Stamp & Mark Holes

    • Skiving Folds

    • Oil & Tan Kote

    • Slick Edges

    • Punch Holes & Rivet

    • Thank You

  • 6

    October 2023 Awareness Ribbon - Deep Dive Tooling

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Prep

    • Leather Selection

    • Transfer Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Round Bevels

    • XX Steep Bevels

    • Vertical Lined Thumbprint

    • Flower Center

    • Mules Foot & Veiner

    • Bar Grounder

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Thank you!

  • 7

    September 2023 Hat Band

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Leather Selection & Prep

    • Transfer Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Flower Center

    • Detail Tools

    • Decorative Cuts & Backgrounds

    • Cut Out

    • Dye & Oil

    • Resolene

    • Punch Holes & Tie On

    • Thank You

  • 8

    August 2023 Cell Phone Holster

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Leather Selection

    • Transfer Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Bevel

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Backgrounds & Decorative Cuts

    • Stitchgroove

    • Finish & Color

    • 1st Edges & Attach Tooling

    • Glue, Sew, & Edge

    • Punch Holes & Form

    • Thank You!

  • 9

    July 2023 2-Way Toiletry Bag

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Making a Pattern

    • Cutting Leather

    • Prepping Straps

    • Stamping

    • Prep For Dye

    • Dye & Oil

    • Install Zipper

    • Inseams

    • Finish Strap

    • Final Assembly

    • Thank you

  • 10

    June 2023 Sunglasses Case

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Cutting Leather

    • Transfer Patterns

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Oil

    • Antique & Resolene

    • First Edges

    • Glue Tooling & Place Magnet

    • Buck stitching

    • Glue Gussets

    • Stitch Gussets

    • Place 2nd Magnet

    • Finish Edges

    • Thank You

  • 11

    May 2023 On The Go Padfolio With a Full Front

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Leather Selection

    • Transfer Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Bevel

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Backgrounds & Decorative Cuts

    • Border Stamp

    • Stitch Groove & Oil

    • Pen Holder Prep

    • Pocket Prep

    • Mix & Apply Finish

    • Spine

    • Placing Pen Holders

    • Glue & Sew Together

    • Edges

    • Final Fit

    • Thank You!

  • 12

    April 2023 Bible Cover Wrap Case

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Leather Selection

    • Transfer Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Bevel

    • Shading

    • Flower Centers & Detail Tools

    • Decorative Cuts & Backgrounds

    • Stitchgoove & Oil

    • Cut Front Pocket

    • Glue, Sew, & Trim

    • Fitting Back Pocket

    • Dye & Slick Edges

    • Tankote

    • Attach Keeper

    • Attach Flap

    • Trim & Cut Hole

    • Make Loop For Keeper

    • Thank you

  • 13

    March 2023 Mason Jar Mug

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Leather Selection & Prep

    • Transferring Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools & Backgrounds

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Edger

    • Dye & Oil

    • Resolene & Antique

    • Slick Edges

    • Punch Holes & Set Rivets

    • Lacing

    • Thank You

  • 14

    February 2023 Tooled & Laced Crossbody Purse With Zipper

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Cut & Prep Leather

    • Transfer Tooling Pattern

    • Swivel Knife & Bevel

    • Shading & Detail

    • Decorative Cuts & Backgrounds

    • Dye & Oil

    • Prepping Gussets

    • Tan Kote

    • Antique & Finish

    • Mark & Punch Holes

    • Groove & Glue

    • Edges

    • Whip stitch

    • Installing Zipper

    • Zipper Pull Tabs

    • Strap

    • Thank You

  • 15

    January 2023 Bottle Bow

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Cutting Leather

    • Transfer Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Mule's Foot & Veiner

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Bargrounding

    • Prep for dye

    • Dye & Oil

    • Resolene & Antique

    • Slick Edges

    • Final Assembly

    • Thank You

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 16

    December 2022 Tooled Leather Trivet

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Cutting Leather

    • Mark & Cut Circles

    • Transfer & Cut Floral

    • Beveling

    • Shading & Detail

    • Backgrounds & Decorative Cuts

    • Border stamps

    • Stitchgroove / Dye & Oil

    • Resolene & Antique

    • Attach Liner

    • Edges

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 17

    November 2022 Guitar Strap with Plugged Inlays

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Cutting Leather

    • Marking Holes & Inlays

    • Cutting & Beveling

    • Cutting Plugs

    • Cutting Gator

    • Shaping Plugs

    • Glue & Trim Inlays

    • Mix Oil & Stain

    • Resolene

    • Cut Liner

    • Glue Plugs & Liner

    • Sewing

    • Trim & Edge

    • Dye & Slick

    • Punch Holes & Assemble

    • Thank You

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 18

    October 2022 Victory Jewelry Set

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Leather Selection

    • Pattern Prep

    • Transfer Patterns

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Cutting Pieces Out

    • Paint Work

    • Dye Work

    • Resolene

    • Gum Tragacanth

    • Attaching Hardware

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 19

    September 2022 Journal Cover

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern & Measurements to Start

    • Select & Cut Leather

    • Transfer & Cut Pattern

    • Beveling with multiple bevels

    • Shading

    • Flower Centers & Stems

    • Lifting & Backgrounds

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Back Panel

    • Prep For Finish

    • Cut Liner Pieces

    • Dye Edges & Oil Liner

    • Finish Front

    • Glue Together

    • Sew

    • Trim & Edge

    • Final Fit

    • Thank You

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 20

    August 2022 Dog Collar

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Measuring

    • Cutting Leather (With Size Equation Chart)

    • Tape Back & Find Center

    • Stamp Name

    • Mark & Cut Border

    • Beveling

    • Border Stamp

    • Stitch Groove & Edger

    • Tooling Adjustment

    • Dyeing Letters

    • Dyeing Borders

    • Oil & Resolene

    • Cutting Liner

    • Glue & Sew

    • Trim & Edge

    • Punch Holes & Add Hardware

    • Mink Oil (Weatherproofing)

    • Thank You!!!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 21

    July 2022 Tool Holder

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Leather Selection

    • Transferring Pattern

    • Swivel knife & Tap off

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Backgrounds

    • Stitch groove & Edge

    • Light Oil

    • Antique & Resolene

    • Dye Edges

    • Slick Inside Edges

    • Mark & Punch Holes

    • Glue Tooling Down & Sewing

    • Final Edging

    • Mold & Fit

    • Support Strap

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 22

    June 2022 Playing Card Case

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Project Overview

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Leather Selection & Cutting Tips

    • Transferring Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Backgrounds

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Oil & Edges

    • Antique & Resolene

    • Setting Snaps

    • Glue & Sew

    • Finish Seams

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 23

    May 2022 Ranger Belt

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Project Overview

    • Patterns & Sizing

    • Leather Selection/ Cutting Parts

    • Cutting Keeper

    • Prepping Parts

    • Mark Lines & Cut Border

    • Basket Stamp

    • Border Stamp

    • Prep For Dye

    • Dye Work

    • Oil & Resolene

    • Antique & Resolene

    • Making The Keeper

    • Glue & Sew Liner

    • Finishing Edges

    • Attaching Billets

    • Installing Buckles

    • Thank You

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 24

    April 2022 Checkbook Cover

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Making the Pattern

    • Drawing the Tooling Pattern

    • Pattern Prep/Leather Selection

    • Transferring Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Backgrounds/Decorative Cuts

    • Basket Weave

    • Border Stamp

    • Stitch Groove & Oil

    • Antique & Tan Kote

    • Resolene Back

    • Glue Pockets

    • Sewing & Trimming Edges

    • Finishing Edges

    • Final Fit

    • Thank You!!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 25

    March 2022 No Sew Notepad

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Cutting Leather

    • Pattern Layout & Transfer

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Flower Centers

    • Detail Tools

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Lifting

    • Bar Grounding

    • Fixing a Mistake

    • Tooling Back

    • Oil & Remove Tape

    • Groove & Skive Spine

    • Resolene

    • Cut Notepad Strap

    • Antique & Resolene

    • Edging

    • Attach Notepad

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 26

    February 2022 Small Zippered Crossbody

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation

    • Leather Selection & Cutting Parts

    • Prepping Accent Tooling

    • Geometric Tooling

    • Strap Work & Oiling

    • Installing Zipper & Inside Pockets

    • Finishing & Attaching Tooling

    • Attaching Front to Back

    • Turning Right Side Out

    • Installing D-Rings

    • Finish & Attach Strap

    • Zipper Pull

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 27

    January 2022 1.5" Three Piece Look-a-Like Belt

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Cutting a Belt Blank

    • Pattern Explanation & Prep

    • Transferring Patterns

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Bar Grounding

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Laying Out Beaded Border (Plus Bonus Option)

    • Beveling Bead

    • Border Stamp

    • Stitch Groove & Edger

    • Dye Work

    • Oiling

    • Cutting Liner

    • Applying RTC

    • Antique & Resolene

    • Skiving Snap End

    • Glueing Liner

    • Sewing

    • Trimming Liner & Prepping Edges

    • Dyeing & Slicking Edges

    • Punching Holes & Setting Snaps

    • Thank you!!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 28

    December 2021 Wine Jacket

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation & Prep

    • Leather Selection & Cutting

    • Transfer Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Lifters & Stops

    • Detail Tools

    • Flower Centers

    • Backgrounds

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Oil

    • Edging

    • Resolene

    • Final Assembly

    • Thank you!!

    • Community Group- share your work