When you get a leather pattern or want to make a leather article, the first thing you need to do is make a leather template, a good leather template is the basic of a fine handmade leather piece.

In below steps, I am going to show you how to make a leather template in the simplest way.

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Print out the leather pattern and rough cut to keep the main leather pattern part.

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Here we use 450g thick kraft paper, cut a piece that little bigger than the pattern, put glue evenly on the back with a glue stick and then glue them together.

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Start to cut when the glue dry, for the straight sides, we can cut directly by using cutter and ruler; for the angle joints, we can make a small hole with a awl  or needle and then cut out.

For the patterns which have round corners, then scissor is the simplest and best tool. If necessary, use sandpaper to polish the corners.

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Ok now, a leather pattern is ready to use.

PS: We are using a card wallet pattern in the tutorial, it has 3 flaps but we no need to make all the 3 since the flap’s shapes & sizes are the same. And if you like this style, click here to download.

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