Published on May 21st, 2017 | by makesupply0
Leather Vertical Snap Wallet – Build Along Tutorial
This is a build along video for the Vertical Snap Wallet acrylic and PDF template set. If you wish to purchase the template:
- Vertical Snap Wallet Acrylic Template Set (8.5″ x 11″)
- Vertical Snap Wallet Acrylic Template Set (A4)
- ETSY – Vertical Snap Wallet Acrylic Template Set (8.5″ x 11″)
- ETSY – Vertical Snap Wallet Acrylic Template Set (A4)
Temporary (and crappy!) Instructions
We are currently migrating Makesupply into a new work studio and building a new video setup. The build along video instructions for this template set will be available in late June / early July 2017 after we are done setting up. In the meantime here is a quick and dirty overview of the building process. The only part that can be a little confusing is attaching the zipper compartment so we focused on that. Again, this is a temporary fix until we get setup again and will do a full build along video with all the details. Please use your imagination during the parts where I say “stitch this section” because there is no stitching in this example.
1. Cut out all pieces
Cut out all of the pieces and mark the holes for snap placement. If you are doing a “hidden snap” like in the product model example, do not mark and punch the hole on the outer shell. The holes marked on the zipper pouch and the inside shell are our suggest attachment areas. You do not have to use them.
2. Add zipper to zipper compartment
Attach the zipper inside the zipper compartment. I usually add a little bit of glue first and stitch after it has dried. Make sure that the zipper is centered all the way top to bottom. Once stitched, trim the excess zipper tape off.
3. Attach T-Slot and bottom card slot
Set your zipper compartment aside and turn to the card slots. Glue and stitch the bottom of the t-slot to the appropriate marking on the inner shell. Next, glue the bottom card slot in place. After glue has dried, stitch the right hand side down along the cash slot area.
4. Attach zipper compartment to inner shell
This is the most confusing part. You will be connecting the holes from the zipper compartment and the inner shell. You MUST do this step first before folding the zipper compartment and sewing it shut. Punch through the holes and align together.
5. Stitch closed the zipper compartment
With the back of the zipper compartment attached to the inner shell, now is time to glue and stitch closed the container. Remember, when punching your holes be sure to avoid hitting the inner shell below!
6. Attach snaps fasteners
Now is time to attach the snap fasteners. Review the photos below to show which pieces of the snaps belong on which section.
7. Attach outer shell
The last step is to attach the outer shell. Lightly glue down the outer shell and let dry. Trace your stitching groove on the outside (or both sides like I do) and mark your holes. Punch your holes through taking extra special care around the zipper section. If using an awl, gentley move the zipper pouch out of the way. If punching with chisels, place a hard punching surface BETWEEN the edge and the zipper pouch. You do not want to punch into the zipper pouch. A good way of doing this is punching right on the edge of your table.
Need help with hand-stitching? Check out our saddle stitch tutorial.
Inventory of Tools
- YKK 4″ Zipper
- Short Post Socket Snaps – Solid Brass
- No.2 X-ACTO Knife
- Wing Divider
- C.S. Osborne Scratch Awl
- Crimson Pricking Irons – 3.85mm
- John James Harness Needles
- Wood Slicker
- Piece of heavy canvas cloth
- Edge beveler
- Japanese Leather Knife
- 15″ Cork Back Metal Ruler
- Amy Roke Linen Thread – 532 – White
- Leathercraft Glue
- Various Grit Sandpaper (120 grit and 240 grit)
- Rubber Mallet
- Block of Leathercraft Wax
- Cup of water
- Binder clips
Leather Selection Suggestions
In this video we used 3-4 oz. vegetable tanned bridle leather. For this wallet design we suggest 3-4 oz. leather if looking for an all around weight. If you wish to have a thicker outside shell we suggest sizing down for the inside pieces.
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!