Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Leather Life Classroom!

  • 2

    January 2021 Bible Cover

    • Project Overview

    • Taking Measurements

    • Cutting & Prepping Leather Pieces

    • Tooling Pattern

    • Casing Leather & Transferring Pattern

    • Swivel knife

    • Beveling (part 1)

    • Beveling (part2)

    • Tooling Backgrounds

    • Shading

    • Tooling Details

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Tooling the Back Cover

    • Prepping for finish work (And discovering a mistake)

    • Dyeing Backgrounds

    • Resisting with RTC

    • Antiquing

    • Slicking Edges

    • Cutting Liner Pieces

    • Glueing and Trimming Liner

    • Sewing

    • Final Edging and Fitting

    • Final Picture

    • Thank you!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 3

    February 2021 Clutch Wallet

    • Project Introduction

    • Materials List

    • Printable Pattern

    • Pattern Prep After Printing

    • Cutting Leather Parts

    • Taping Leather/ Transferring Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling - part 1 (round bevels)

    • Beveling - part 2 (intersecting lines)

    • Bar Grounding (backgrounds)

      FREE PREVIEW
    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Remove tape and oil

    • Antique Finish

    • Prepping For Construction

    • Card Pockets

    • Setting Snap (male end)

    • Cementing and Trimming Liner

    • Edges- Bevel, Sand, Dye, and Slick

    • Oil Liner and Stitch Ends

    • Forming Folds and Stitching Sides

    • Imperfections of a Simple Build

    • Setting Snap (female end)

    • Thank You and Congratulations

    • Final Pictures

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 4

    March 2021 On The Go Padfolio

    • Update on downloading *PLEASE WATCH*

    • Project Introduction

    • Materials List

    • Downloadable patterns

    • Pattern Overview and Prep

    • Cutting all of our parts

    • Which lines of the pattern to transfer

    • Swivel knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Flower Center

    • Detail Tools

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Backgrounds

    • Basket Stamping

    • Tooling border on the back cover

    • Stitch grooving and oiling

    • Dyeing Backgrounds and Border

    • Slicking pocket and spine edges

    • Pen holders and card pocket

    • Resist

    • Antique & Resolene

    • Attaching the spine

    • Assembling the front liner and pockets

    • Assembling back liner/notepad holder

    • Final Edging

    • Inserting notepad

    • Community Group- share your work

    • Final Pictures

    • Thank you! And don’t forget...

  • 5

    April 2021 Small Buckstitched Crossbody Purse

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation & Download

    • Cutting Parts

    • Front Flap- Transferring & Tooling Base Cuts

    • Filling In Detail Cuts

    • Large Pocket- Transferring & Tooling

    • Edging & Oiling

    • Cutting Lace

    • Antique & Tan-Kote Finish

    • Folding Top Lines

    • Gluing Flap to Back Body Piece

    • Buck Stitching Flap On

    • Finishing Tooling Edges

    • Gluing Gusset to Back Body Piece

    • Buck Stitching Gusset to Back

    • Gluing Tooling Pieces in Place

    • Buck Stitching Flap Tooling

    • Buck Stitching Pocket

    • Gluing Front to Gusset

    • Buck Stitching Front to Gusset

    • Finishing Edges With Dura Edge

    • Building and Attaching Strap

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 6

    May 2021 Tic Tac Toast Cooler Top

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation and Download

    • Cutting and Prepping Leather

    • Pattern Layout and Transfer

    • Tooling Game Pieces and Game Board

    • Cutting Corners (Literally)

    • Corner Piece Tooling - Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Backgrounds

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Border Tooling

    • Remove Tape, Apply Oil

    • Glue Game Pieces to Liner

    • Dyeing Backgrounds & Game Pieces

    • Applying Tan-Kote

    • Applying Saddle-Lac

    • Trimming and Slicking Edges

    • Prepping Glue Surfaces

    • Final Glue Down

    • Game Piece Holders

    • Thank you!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 7

    June 2021 Spring Clip Bi-fold Wallet

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation and Download

    • Cutting Parts and Prepping Leather For Tooling

    • Transferring Pattern & Laying out Stitch Lines

    • Initial Swivel Knife Cuts

    • Beveling Floral

    • Shading

    • Flower center (seed cluster)

    • Detail Tools

    • Backgrounds (Bar Grounding)

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Basket Stamping

    • Oiling

    • Tan-Kote

    • Trimming Liner & Punching Spring Clip Stitch Holes

    • Speedy Stitcher

    • Saddle Stitch

    • Gluing Card Pockets

    • Machine Stitching & Burning Threads

    • Rounding and Slicking Edges

    • Installing Spring Clip and Folding

    • Thank you!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 8

    July 2021 Customizable Bouquet Wrap

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation and Download

    • Leather Selection and Cutting

    • Transferring Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Flower Centers

    • Detail Tools

    • Backgrounds

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Adding Brand or Initials

    • Dyeing Backgrounds Black

    • Oiling After Dye

    • Applying RTC as a Resist For Antiquing

    • Antiquing With a Resolene Top Coat

    • Prepping for Construction

    • Sewing Liner & Trimming Edges

    • Rounding & Slicking Edges

    • Punching Holes and Lacing

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 9

    August 2021 Rifle Sling

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation, Download, & Prep

    • Cutting Leather (Body & Strap)

    • Transfer Pattern

    • Cutting in Pattern - Long Smooth Lines

    • Beveling & Re-wetting

    • Shading in Detail

    • Detail Tools

    • Bar Grounding

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Prep For Finish Work & Oiling

    • Cutting Liner & Gluing Padding

    • Skiving Padding

    • Applying Finish Products (RTC, Antique, Resolene)

    • Constructing Strap (Gluing, Stitching, Edging, Punching Holes)

    • Building a Keeper

    • Lining & Attaching Strap to Sling

    • Trimming & Slicking Edges

    • Final Assembly

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 10

    September 2021 Stocking

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation & Layout

    • Cutting The Main Body

    • Cutting Veg Tan & Prepping For Tooling

    • Transferring Tooling Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Bar Grounding

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Prepping Tooling For Finish

    • Oil & Dye

    • Tan Kote, Antique, & Saddle Lac

    • Folding Top Seam

    • Prepping Tooling For Construction

    • Adding Fringe

    • Attaching Tooling & Sewing Top Edge

    • Creating an Inseam on The Outside Edge

    • Build & Attach Hanger

    • Thank You!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 11

    October 2021 Cuff Bracelet

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation & Prep

    • Cutting Out Leather

    • Transferring Pattern

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling

    • Shading

    • Detail Tools

    • Bar Grounding

    • Decorative Cuts

    • Stitch Groover & Edger

    • Dye Backgrounds & Borders

    • Oil & Skive

    • Resist, Antique, & Top Finish

    • Punching Buckstitch Holes

    • Cutting Lace & Buckstitching

    • Glue Liner & Sew

    • Trimming & Edging

    • Dyeing & Slicking Edges

    • Setting Snap

    • Decorative Cutting Liner

    • Thank you!!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 12

    November 2021 Coaster Set

    • Project Overview

    • Tools & Materials List

    • Pattern Explanation & Prep

    • Leather Selection & Cut Out

    • Transferring Patterns

    • Marking Borders

    • Swivel Knife

    • Beveling borders

    • Beveling floral

    • Shading holder

    • Shading coasters

    • Detail tools

    • Flower centers

    • Backgrounds

    • Decorative cuts

    • Back to the cut table

    • Edging

    • Cutting last piece and oiling

    • Antiquing

    • Resolene

    • Slick edges

    • Glue & Sew

    • Final Forming

    • Thank you!!

    • Community Group- share your work

  • 13

    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

  • 14

    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

  • 15

    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

  • 16

    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

  • 17

    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

  • 18

    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

  • 19

    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

  • 20

    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

  • 21

    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

  • 22

    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