Published on January 14th, 2016 | by makesupply0
Leather Bi-Fold Wallet (Hidden Pockets) Template – Build Along Video Tutorial
This is a build along video for the Bi-Fold Wallet with hidden pockets template. If you wish to purchase the template:
- Standard Letter Size (8.5″ x 11″) Template
- International – A4 Size (210mm x 297mm) Template
- ETSY – Standard Letter Size (8.5″ x 11″) Template
- ETSY – International – A4 Size (210mm x 297mm) Template
The digital templates are an instant download so you can get started right away. If you have already purchased the template thanks a bunch! You can continue below.
Need help with hand-stitching? Check out our saddle stitch tutorial.
Inventory of Tools
- 110-Lb Card Stock Paper
- No.2 X-ACTO Knife
- Wing Divider
- C.S. Osborne Scratch Awl
- Tandy Pro-Line Diamond Stitching Chisels – 3mm / 4 Prong
- Tandy Pro-Line Diamond Stitching Chisels – 3mm / 2 Prong
- Tandy Stitching Needles
- Wood Slicker
- Piece of heavy canvas cloth
- Edge beveler
- Japanese Leather Knife
- 15″ Cork Back Metal Ruler
- Royalwood Waxed Irish Linen Thread – 7-ply / Natural
- Rubber Cement
- Various Grit Sandpaper (120 grit and 240 grit)
- Binder clips
- Rubber Mallet
- Block of Leathercraft Wax
- Edge Gum Burnishing Compound
- Cup of water
Leather Selection Suggestions
In this video we used 3-4oz. Q-Tan Lite Bridle Leather sourced from Thoroughbred Leather. You can find more info about ordering from Thoroughbred Leather check out this post. If you are just looking to purchase a small amount of something similar for this project I suggest this product from Springfield Leather. It is the exact same weight as the leather in the video. If you are outside of the USA I’m not as privy on suppliers. However you could try one of these Madison Shoulders – 1.2mm/1.4mm from A & A Crack & Sons. They have an awesome selection of leathers available to ship worldwide.
For this wallet I would suggest anywhere from 2-3.5oz thickness for the inside pocket pieces. For the outside panel I would suggest up to 4oz. I find the best all around weight is the 3/3.5 oz range.
If you are not using a vegetable tanned leather to create this bi-fold wallet your edge finishing guidelines will probably be different. Chrome-tanned leathers and extremely soft leathers like sheepskin are difficult and sometimes impossible to burnish by hand. If you would like to follow this tutorial to spec, we would suggest acquiring a burnish-able vegetable tanned leather.
Guidelines of Template Usage
We put a lot of time and effort into producing these templates, videos, and blog posts. Please do not distribute the template you have purchased from Makesupply. It’s not cool and hurts our feelings. However, you are free to do whatever you want with the end product you create using the template design. Even sell them on Etsy!