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Finding the perfect leather bag that doesn’t cost you hundreds of dollars is pretty much impossible. For this reason, I set out on a mission to create a stylish laptop bag that I would actually enjoy using.

I combined two different materials, leather and wood. The oak sides of the bag act as a rigid frame to define its profile. I attached the leather to the wooden sides using carpet tacks, which eliminated the need for excessive hand stitching or sewing the bag together, and made it look really cool.

Important advice! — Use templates before you start working with leather. To avoid potential mistakes, design a paper template and make sure everything fits before cutting your leather.

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Materials:

Vegetable tanned leather
Linen waxed thread
Rivets
Hardware: D-rings, buckles, snap hooks
Oak planks
Carpet tacks (nails)
Screws
Dubbin (as a leather sealant)

Tools:
Leather stitching punch
Leather edge beveller
Upholstery needle
Awl
Wood planer
Saw
File
Battery powered drill
Leather stamp
Arbor press (for stamping)