Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Leather Luggage and Gift Tag Project

Leather Luggage & Gift Tag Project


9157-93 3-4oz Tooling Leather

3500-01 Tracing Film, 1yd

2602- Eco-Flo Cova Colors (-01 Black, -05 Green, -06 Red, -08 White, -20 Gold, -21 Silver)

2610-01 Super Shene, 4oz

3443-00 Small Wood Daubers

11210-07 Waxed Braided Cord, Red

1504-00 ½” Solid Brass Buckle


35010-02 Damascus Straight Trim Knife

3777-00 Drive Punch, Size 0

35050-00 Swivel Knife

8039-06 Modeling Tool (Point/Stylus)

8027-00 Ceramic Knife Blade ¼”

Craftool Stamps (B935, B203, B200, B197)

8039-05 Modeling Tool (Sm/Lg Undercut)

8039-01 Modeling Tool (Fine/Sm Round Spoon)

8039-03 Modeling Tool (Med/Lg Pointed Spoon)

3031-00 Precision Craft Knife

8074-00 Adjustable Groover

8079-05 Overstitch Wheel, Size 5

31218-01 Awl w/ Blade

3132-00 Lacing & Stitching Pony

1192-13 Harness Needles Size000 (2)

3080-00 Strip & Strap Cutter

8072-00 Adjustable Creaser

PATTERN: Luggage/Gift Tag Pattern


  • Cut out the pattern on heavy paper or cardboard.
  • Place the pattern upon the leather and trace around it.
  • Cut out the leather.
  • Use a No. 0 punch to round the ends of the strap slot. Cut between the holes with the craft knife.
  • Cover flesh sides with masking tape, to prevent stretching while tooling.
  • Prepare the leather for tooling or carving by dampening the leather with sponge on grain side. Allow surface moisture to evaporate until leather returns to its natural color.
  • Transfer tooling design to tracing film. Be sure no lines have been omitted.
  • Center the tracing of the tooling pattern on the damp leather. Transfer the design to the leather using the stylus. Push just hard enough to make a clear impression.
  • Before removing the tracing lift one corner at a time and check to be sure that none of the lines have been omitted.
  • After the design has been transferred, use a sponge to moisten the grain side of the leather. It must be almost wet for cutting the design.
  • Insure the swivel knife blade is sharp. A dull blade tends to drag as you cut the leather. Strop the blade often on a leather strap impregnated with jewelers rouge.
  • Cut design.
  • Tool design as desired.
  • Use the filigree blade to cut the line opening for the window. Do not cut all the way through; you can use the craft knife to finish the cut after you have finished tooling.
  • Use the spoon modeling tool to smooth and add roundness to beveled edges.
  • After all stamping is done, and the leather is dry. It is time to color your tags as desired.
  • Apply a finish of choice to seal the pores of the leather.


  • Cement the three edges of the flesh sides of both tag pieces. Attach flesh sides together.
  • Set adjustable groover at 1/8” and run a stitching groove around the three edges.
  • Mark stitching holes with a #6-overstitch wheel inside stitching groove.
  • Punch holes for stitching with an awl with diamond awl blade.
  • Place tag in stitching pony, and using needles and waxed thread saddle stitch tag together. Trim excess thread.
  • Apply edge coating (mixture of 2/3 cova color of choice and 1/3 super shene) with small wool dauber.
  • Cut strap using strip & strap cutter set at ½”. Trim ends according to pattern.
  • Punch hole using No 0 punch, and cut two slots as shown.
  • Insert an identification or gift card. For protection, place a thin piece of clear plastic over the card. (Overhead projection film cut to size works great).
  • Place the strap with the flesh side up in a 1/2” strap buckle. Insert the flat end of the strap through the slot in the tag and fasten the strap to the buckle. To hold the tag to your luggage or gift, place the tapered end of the strap through the buckle.

C. Davenport

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