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    Hi All.

    I am a bit of a DIY fan and like making stuff for my own personal use.
    I thought I could share the Pen Leather cases that I made recently so you can tell me what you think.

    I'm by no means expert in leather craftmanship, so any feedback, especially with tips and tricks I can follow to improve, would be greatly appretiated.

    Here they are: 3 very simple models...
    LeatherCase_Parker.jpg
    LeatherCase_Montblanc.jpg
    LeatherCase_Crown.jpg

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    Default Re: DIY Leather Case for Pen

    Not my field of expertise, but they look great to me. Very professional.
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    They look like excellent pen pouches to me and I would happily buy one if I could.
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    Really well done, I especially like the look of the top case, so classic. May I ask what sewing machine you are using? I have a few vintage Singer's and have only sewn leather on a 99k handcrank so far.

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    Default Re: DIY Leather Case for Pen

    They all look really good

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    Really well done, I especially like the look of the top case, so classic. May I ask what sewing machine you are using? I have a few vintage Singer's and have only sewn leather on a 99k handcrank so far.
    Thanks for the feedback tscweaves!

    I did try to sew with a sewing machine first:
    The pouch #3 with the silver Crown pen on it, was my first attempt. I tried sewing it with a singer 268 (from 1980's).
    The sewing process was quite ok, the machine did not have problems with punching the leather (3mm total). The problem was with the curved part, and I couldn't keep it consistent.
    You can notice that on the pictures. In the end, I removed the stitches, increased the holes and sewed manually.
    Bottom line is: I don't have sewing machine skills enough to do this (yet).

    The pouches #1 and #2 were manually sewed:
    I used this tool to punch the holes. Then sewed with waxed line and needle.

    Best regards.
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    Default Re: DIY Leather Case for Pen

    Thank you for the feedback all!
    There is a lot to learn but in the end what counts is the journey.

    Best regards.
    Walter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wmundstock View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    Really well done, I especially like the look of the top case, so classic. May I ask what sewing machine you are using? I have a few vintage Singer's and have only sewn leather on a 99k handcrank so far.
    Thanks for the feedback tscweaves!

    I did try to sew with a sewing machine first:
    The pouch #3 with the silver Crown pen on it, was my first attempt. I tried sewing it with a singer 268 (from 1980's).
    The sewing process was quite ok, the machine did not have problems with punching the leather (3mm total). The problem was with the curved part, and I couldn't keep it consistent.
    You can notice that on the pictures. In the end, I removed the stitches, increased the holes and sewed manually.
    Bottom line is: I don't have sewing machine skills enough to do this (yet).

    The pouches #1 and #2 were manually sewed:
    I used this tool to punch the holes. Then sewed with waxed line and needle.

    Best regards.
    Walter
    Your cases are really well stitched! I totally stink at handsewing, it is one of my banes! Cool punch tools. I have a leather punch that has a number of punches on a wheel that rotate and then squeezes like a pliers. I can see that the punch you used is much better for uniform holes. Thanks for the information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    Your cases are really well stitched!
    Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    I totally stink at handsewing, it is one of my banes! Cool punch tools. I have a leather punch that has a number of punches on a wheel that rotate and then squeezes like a pliers. I can see that the punch you used is much better for uniform holes. Thanks for the information.
    The tool helps a lot, the punch tool you refer too won't give you consistent lines, I bet that's why you don't like your stitching. The punch tool from the link I posted will do 2 things for you:
    1. Your straight lines will be straight, with same dimmension and same spacing.
    2. It makes the hole in a way that the stitches will be "kind" of zig-zag making them look good.

    While stitching you are always looking for consistence. Same spacing between holes, straight lines, etc. It doesn't matter so much how you stitch, as long as you use the same exact process on every stitch it will look ok .


    Thanks!
    Walter

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    Default Re: DIY Leather Case for Pen

    Hi All.
    In continuation of this conversaion, here is a new model that I'm working on. Still not 100% happy with the result, but its getting better.
    Estojo_Mold2.jpg

    Estojo_Mold1.jpg

    Let me know what you think.

    Thanks.
    Walter
    Last edited by Wmundstock; July 20th, 2020 at 10:52 AM.

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    Default Re: DIY Leather Case for Pen

    Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wmundstock View Post
    Hi All.
    In continuation of this conversaion, here is a new model that I'm working on. Still not 100% happy with the result, but its getting better.
    Estojo_Mold2.jpg

    Estojo_Mold1.jpg

    Let me know what you think.

    Thanks.
    Walter
    Wow! This is great! I am so impressed that you made a wood form as well, great thinking😃 You seem to work very well with leather and I really like the pen cases you are making.

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    Default Re: DIY Leather Case for Pen

    Thanks for the feedbck!
    I have to be honest and say these are still looking like they were hand made, can't get a perfect finish yet. But from another hand, its getting better, so I'm happy with the results.

    Just in case someone wants to try it out, I'm attaching the "blueprints" that you can print and make your molds.


    Montblanc 146 Folding Pouch - 1995.pdf

    Montblanc 149 Folding Pouch - 2000.pdf

    Remarks:
    • Both models were made and tested.
    • Remember to check the scale when printing. If you print 1:1 on A4 paper it should work well.
    • If your printer is like mine and have the largest margin in the bottom, you may want to print upside down (vertical mirror).


    Here is a picture of the two models built.

    MontblancFoldingPouches.jpg

    Have fun!

    Best Regards,
    Walter

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    I am so impressed that you made a wood form as well
    You actually have to, because to make the leather form properly you soak it in wather, then you put it over the mold and then into the oven with mild heat. It will stiffen and keep its new form until wet again.

    Here is an example:
    MoldingLeather.jpg

    Quote Originally Posted by tscweaves View Post
    You seem to work very well with leather and I really like the pen cases you are making.
    Thank you!

    Best regards
    Walter

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    Thanks for the interesting pictures of your process.

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