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Stitching A Leather Tool Tote

By: Erich Lage
Here’s the stitching sequence that was used to make the tool tote in Woodsmith issue 271.

tote-OLE-preview tote ole 1 The drawing above shows the overall steps of stitching together the two main parts of the tote. (The handles are already stitched to the body.) tote ole 2 Start the process as shown above. For a traditional saddle stitch, use 36" of thread and two needles. tote ole 3 Stand the tote up and start on the opposite end of the other side using the same amount of thread. tote ole 4 When you get to the start of row ‘A’ or ‘B’ you need to “lock” the stitching to prevent it from unraveling. To do this, pass each needle through the starting hole and pull the thread taut. This locks the stitching in place. At this point, you can cut the threads flush on each side and burn the ends with a lighter to seal the stitching in place.

Published: Feb. 13, 2024
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