Leather backpack

My first big leather project that is of actual everyday use is this backpack. Its not completely finished yet but I will get to updating it within the next few weeks. There are a lot of things I would do differently now (like dying all the parts BEFORE stitching it together..) but I still like the overall design.

Saddlebag parts before dying and assembling

Here are the parts of a saddlebag I made for my wife. Making patterns is probably the most fun part of making things of leather. And below is the finished bag. I’m really happy with the sort of natural vintage color which I got from mixing neatsfoot oil with a little bit of black and brown dye. Also did one coat of very diluted black dye to bring down the color a bit. (Iphone pictures so not awesome quality.)

Leather saddlebag front
Leather saddlebag

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