Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Learning Leathercraft with Jim Linnell – Lesson 12: Wallet Assembly

Join us in this weekly video series with award-winning leatherworker Jim Linnell!  In this series, Jim teaches viewers to create a wallet from scratch, including lessons on tooling, dyeing, finishing, construction, assembly, and lacing.

Find the free pattern for this project on the Leathercraft Library at bit.ly/LearnWithLinnell



Materials Used In Lesson 12:

Wing Divider


Lining Leather

Tanner’s Bond Rubber Cement

Leather Shears 

Tanner’s Bond Adhesive Tape


A few things learned from this video:

When removing the mat board from the back of your leather, peel the mat board off of the leather rather than peeling the leather from the mat board to ensure that you do not stretch or contort your leather.  It is typical that the mat board will leave remnants behind, which is part of the reason why adding a liner is a good idea for a nice, smooth finish on the inside of the wallet.

Before assembling the wallet, mark your lines for stitching with a pair of wing dividers roughly half way in from the edge (approximately 1/8”) to scribe a guide for your lacing chisel.

Use a piece of light weight lining leather that is slightly larger than your project to line the back of your wallet for a professional finish without adding much extra bulk.  Rubber cement is ideal for gluing these pieces in place as it holds everything together, however it will also flex and move with the wallet to avoid wrinkling.

Apply a light coat of rubber cement all the way to the edges on the back of your tooled pieces of leather as well as on the surface of the lining leather.  Rubber cement works best when it is applied to both surfaces and allowed to dry a bit until it gets tacky prior to joining the pieces.

After your pieces are stuck together, use leather shears to cut off the excess lining leather.

When putting together the wallet, make sure that you are matching your wallet interior to the exterior so that you are assembling everything in the correct direction.

Double sided adhesive tape works really well for assembling the wallet interior.  It is cleaner and quicker to use than rubber cement and helps keep everything in place with a semi-permanent bond for lacing.  When your wallet interior is stuck together in place, you are ready for the final step – Double Loop Lacing.


Join us next week as we complete our wallet with a thorough tutorial on Double Loop Lacing!