Sunday, October 12, 2014

Simple Tool Roll with No Stitching!

I've seen quite a few leather workers asking about making a tool roll. In the last issue, there was a great tool roll article, but it required sewing. What if you could make one without any sewing? Well, hang this post, I will show you how I made one.

Sorry about the quality of the picture. Here are the dimensions for this project. The length is 17 1/2" from left to right with the exception of the closure tab. On the left bottom the measurement is 7 1/2" up to the top of the tab line. The measurement from the last one is 5 1/4" up, which will be for the fold. I always plan on paper and then poster board before I go to leather.

In the first photo is the securing tab which measures at 1 5/8" x 4". There are some cut corners which signify where the placement of the velcro piece will be placed on the interior. The second photograph show the velcro placement on the exterior of your tool roll where the tab will secure it when rolled up.

You will notice some vertical lines on my pattern. Those lines were used for tool spacing and guidelines later. The spacing can totally be up to you depending on what kind of tools you will be storing. You will also need to decide whether you want to round your corners or keep them square at this point. Once you have reached this point, you are ready to move to leather. Note: The corners cut outs on the tab for velcro will depend on the width size you end up getting at your local store.

I ended up using a piece of split suede leather for this project. In fact, I believe it is the best type of leather and cheap for tool rolls. They are a bit stiff and can provide good protection for your precious tools.

Use your new pattern and draw out your outline and other reference markers. We are almost done......Hang in there!

In these photographs, I made some reference marks on each side of the leather. Don't worry, these will be covered in the following steps. This reference marks will be used for placement of the glue.

You will have to turn your leather over to the exterior and mark out your velcro area. Select your velcro size and make sure to decide where your loop and hook will be placed. Now, for the fun part.

I used Eco-Flo white glue for this project. I apply a liberal amount of glue within my markers. I then carefully lay down the intended pre cut velcro strips on top of the glue area. I then used a leather weight and placed it on top to apply pressure while the glue cured. Let's move on.

Use the reference space marks, I apply white glue to the top portion of the lines. Try to keep the glue lines thin and consistent from start to finish. Take the bottom of the leather and fold it up. Make sure to keep the left side, middle and right side even as possible. You will need something to apply pressure while the glue cures. In my case, I used some heavy books, a tip I learned from George Hurst to apply pressure on the fold.

After the bottom fold cures, turn your project over to the exterior where you marked your larger velcro area. Apply glue like you did for the interior tab and place your opposite pieces of velcro. Don't forget the weight to apply pressure while the glue cures. If you find out that you applied too much glue, don't fret place a piece of wax paper between your project and weight. This will prevent your weight from coming into contact with your leather weight.

Your new tool roll is completed.

If you want to personalize your tool is an extra step you can take. With a piece of leather that is measured and cut to the tab area can be personalized with initials, maker's mark, etc can affixed to the leather. Apply some glue to the flesh side of the leather piece and affix it to the exterior side of the tab. Don't forget to apply a weight for pressure.

Enjoy your new tool roll! See you next time.