Inspired by something similar I saw in Taiwan, I decided to make a carry all that could quickly and easily be worn on any belt and taken off just as easily when you arrived at your destination, freeing you from keys, phones and wallets in your pockets.
This started as a veg tanned piece of 7-8 oz leather which was soaked in water and cured over a form to create a rigid top that holds its shape from a single piece of leather.
Top and bottom
Raw Leather and form
The finished product, after dying and stitching and burnishing. A locking clasp that can easily be opened with one hand for convenience and peace of mind:
Lots of room for all the essentials: phone, keys, wallet, lip balm, etc.
I designed this bag to hang on the front of the motorcycle, above the handlebars.
Big enough for all your valuables, a water bottle, and a snack.
Easy to reach and accessible at all times.
About a year ago I embarked on a project that led me to the place we are in now. I couldn’t buy the rugged leather bag that I wanted, so I decided to make one. With only the simplest of hand tools, and some persistence, I was able to craft my bag. This is a brief overview of that process.
My tools and hardware (awl, needle/thread, rivets, hoops and clasps. Razor knife not shown).
Cutting the hide for the main body of the bag.
All the pieces cut and laid out: strap, sides, hangers, and main body.
Sides cut, hangers stitched on and loops riveted in.
Bag all stitched together (minus front closures for lid).
The finished product. A little larger than expected.
The same bag a year later.
A clear wax finish rubbed into the leather did not change the colour.The patina comes as a result of use and exposure to the sun.