Klum House kits come with fully-prepped leather pieces, so all you have to do is attach them, but if you’re down to learn some new skills, you can totally take strap-making into your own hands! Below is a list of essential tools for creating leather straps, either from a full hide or from pre-cut leather strips. With a little practice and the right tools, you’ll be processing leather for all of your own bag making projects in no time!
When making straps, you'll often need to punch holes in your leather for setting rivets or other hardware. There are two options for doing punching holes in leather: (1) Use a hand-squeeze rotary punch, which has a barrel that rotates to select different punch sizes. (2) Use a drive punch of the correct size with a mallet on top of a cutting board. In either case, be sure to punch the correct sized hole for the hardware you are using. If you’re not sure which size hole to punch, hold your hardware post up to the punching tool to compare sizes. When in doubt, start a little smaller, because you can always size up! You want the post to fit in the hole snugly, without wiggle room.
Okay, so a round strap end punch is not 100% necessary—you can always cut straight strap ends with a rotary cutter—but if you want to soften those edges, a round strap end punch will help elevate your straps to the next level. End punches come in different shapes. Round end punches are the most common, but you can also find an English point end punch, which is basically a rounded V-shape. They also come in different widths. You’ll typically want to match the width of the end punch to the width of your strap (i.e. 3/4” strap = 3/4” end punch). However, if the end punch is slightly wider than the strap, it will do just fine. For example, you could use a 1 ½” punch on a 1 1/8” strap (like the Slabtown Backpack straps!) if the exact size is not available. We suggest purchasing a 1 ½” end punch for straps that are 1-1 ½” wide and a ¾” punch for straps ¾” wide and thinner.
WANT TO LEARN MORE?
Check out this video tutorial, where Ellie shows you step-by-step how to make leather straps!