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Blue leather clippouchI need a storage pouch for some small tools. I have some flex frames that I can use for that purpose. I also have some leather lying around.

design clippouchIt's a fairly simple design. I'll explain in a few steps how to make it. You can download the pattern I designed for A4 size or A3 size for free.
Print the pattern and cut it out. If you printed it on A4, you need to stick the parts together. Place the pattern on your leather. The seams are already included in the pattern where necessary, so you can place the pattern tightly against each other if you wish.
put the pattern pieces on the leather
The clip has the right sizeHere you can see that the clip I have, 12 cm, fits perfectly with this pattern. If you have a different type of clip, make sure the height of the tunnel where the clip needs to go through is generous, otherwise it won't fit.
Secure the pattern with tape. I just used transparent tape, but you can also use masking tape. Cut the leather out tightly along your pattern. Use a ruler for the long straight parts.
Trim along the pattern
Cut along the edges of the pattern fix with tape
remove the tape leftovers from the leatherall pieces cut from leatherWhen you're done, remove all leftover tape from the leather you want to keep. If you leave it on for too long, it will be difficult to remove later.
mark the stitchlinesI mark the stitching lines on the inside of the leather with a silver pen. I also mark the stitching line of the clip tunnel on the right side of the leather with a thin line. I need to punch holes here later, and it needs to be done as neatly as possible. That's where a line really comes in handy. The pattern is no longer needed. I keep all my patterns in a folder so I can use them again. I often include a piece of the used leather.
Store your patterns for reuse

chamfering the edgeschamfering the edgesNow I'm going to trim the edges that need to be stitched together to make the seam less stiff. This is called chamfering. You do this very carefully with a razor-sharp chamfering knife. There are different versions of this knife available. If you want to know exactly how to do this, you can find many instructional videos on the internet. On the right, you can see how the bottom of the pouch looks on the inside after chamfering.
chamfering the edgesI chamfer all edges that are going to be stitched together except for the stitching edge for the clip tunnel. The clip tunnel doesn't need to be folded over, and it's actually nice if the leather there is a bit sturdier, so the clip stands upright on the pouch.
supplies for sewing leatherNow I can start stitching. I do this for the visible parts by hand. For this, I need thin double-sided tape, a plastic hammer, a set of stitching prongs, and a sturdy plastic plate..
tapeputting tape on the leatherTo ensure that the leather doesn't shift when I punch holes with the stitching prongs and the plastic hammer, I stick the seams I want to prepare for sewing together with double-sided tape. You can see where the tape should go well in the photos.
folding the leatherI fold the leather that needs to form the clip tunnel neatly in half, so the line where I need to stitch is exactly aligned with the top edge of the tape. If the tape is too high, your tunnel will be too small, and you won't be able to get your clip through.
hammering holesall holes are doneWhen the leather is securely taped in the right place, I turn it over. I hammer the holes where the thread needs to go through from the right side of the leather. I also made a thin marking with a silver pen on this side. You won't see this later if you work neatly. When hammering the holes, I always put the first two stitching prongs in the last two. This ensures that my stitching line remains straight. At the same time, I also check each time if I'm on the thin drawn line.
2 leather needles and enough threadEverything is now ready for stitching. For stitching, I need 2 needles and a piece of waxed thread that is about 5 times as long as the seam needed. My thread is 0.6mm thick. I prefer to have a bit too much thread rather than too little. Attach a leather needle to both ends of the thread.

saddle stitcchFor stitching, I use the saddle stitch. I double the first 2 stitches as well as the last 2 stitches for strength. Make sure you work neatly and regularly, then this stitch looks beautiful. I cut the ends of this polyester thread short and melt them into a sturdy lump with a small flame from a lighter. Stitch the clip tunnels on both pattern parts this way. You don't need to do anything to the bottom part yet.
tape on the seamsNow that this is done, the pouch itself can be assembled. Here too, we use thin double-sided tape to keep the parts neatly together. Apply tape to the side seams on one of the 2 panels, and to all side seams of the bottom. Apply the tape to the right side of the leather. You can see what your parts should look like next to it.
two pattern pieces alignedSewing can be done with a sewing machineRemove the tape from the pattern part that is NOT the bottom, and stick both pattern parts together with the right sides together. Leave the tape on the bottom part for now. Now stitch the left and right seams. You can do this by hand, but if you have a sewing machine suitable for stitching leather, you can also use that. Make sure to take the seam wide enough so that the tape falls on the outside of the seam. If you stitch a seam too small, you'll see the tape after turning, which is very ugly, and fluff will stick to it.
the bottom is stitchedThe bag is turned to the right sideWhen the seams are stitched, remove the tape from the bottom part. Don't turn your pouch inside out yet. Now stick the part you just sewed onto the bottom. Press it down firmly and use some clamps if necessary if it won't stay in place. Stitch all four seams. Here too, make the seam wide enough so that the tape won't be visible on the front later. This stitching can also be done by machine or by hand. When you've done this, you can carefully turn your pouch inside out. Push the corners out well with something not too sharp.
the clip through the tunnelNow that the pouch is assembled, you can slide the clip into it. This can sometimes be a bit tricky. Stretching the entrance of the tunnel a bit can sometimes help. Once the clip is in the tunnels, you can push the two parts of the clip together and secure them with the accompanying pin. Don't forget to push the tab down so the pin stays in place.
The pouch is doneThe pouch is doneThe pouch is finished
Blue and burgundyGreenHere you can see the pouch in a few other colors.