I used my stitch punch and placed holes all around the edges. A couple of tips and tricks to mention. When you come near a bend and where the gusset ends. Make sure not to piece or place a stitching hole anywhere on the areas mention. The reason is that this will create a stress point that may break down the strenght in that area. The repeated movement will ocassionally tear the leather which may grow much like an earthquake crack. Finally, tap your punch in the beeswax before you use it. This will help you punch into the leather, as well as, remove it with ease.