A few months ago I purchased two patterns from SavageIndustries. I finally had the time to make a bag from them. This is now my dedicated Maker Bag.
I purchased the EDC One and EDC Two patterns from @mistersavage via Savage Industries a few months ago. I’m a member of Dallas Maker Space and I lead the Leather Working Special Interest Group there, so naturally I wanted to make a Leather Maker Bag to carry my PPE, tools, and gear I take with me when working on projects there. The first thing I did was transfer the pattern so the originals would be safe and reused.
I used a 6-7oz dark brown utility leather for the bottom. It’s nice and thick and should hold up well to hard use. It’s also stiff enough to hold the square shape even when the bag is empty.
The main part of the bag is made with a softer temper pebbled leather.
The first modification I made was adding a zippered pocket to the outside, on the same side as the inner pocket that holds a notebook and pens.
Sewing these two pockets was tricky. I had to chisel all the holes for each separately, taking care that they would like up when put together. Then sew the inside edges of the inner pocket. Then I sewed the zipper onto the outer pocket and continue the stitch to attach it to the side across the top. When I got to the edges, I started including the inside pocket as well. Confusing? yeah it was tough to figure out. I wanted a single stitch line, for both pockets though.
The inside pocket for notebook and pens. I should have placed the pocket a half inch lower on the bag. It’s not a big deal, but the erasers on the pencils touch the top of the inside of the bag. Not a big deal, but the next one will have these set lower.
I prefer Japanese Seiwa Chisels. 4 holes at a time, saddle stitched, makes for aching fingers.
This is a horrible picture. I’m not sure why I added it.
Base attached, pockets attached, it’s ready to turn into a tube. This is where I made another modification to the pattern. Rather than sew the bag inside out, I overlapped the edges of the leather. You’ll see what I mean in a few photos.
The folded edges on the bottom of the bag, had 6 layers of leather I had to stitch through. I backstitched here just in case, to make it stronger.
I overlapped the edges as seen here. Nice thing about working with leather is I don’t need to worry about a seam allowance.
For the top of the bag I used this aluminum stock I bent. This is great because it keeps the bag open when unzipped and prevents it from collapsing on itself. When Adam puts his bag together, he sews the channel the frame sits in then feeds the frame through it. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do that so I stitched the frame in place instead. That worked well as there was enough give that I could adjust the frame by sliding it to make it even on both sides.
The zipper pocket on one side of the completed bag.
I added a wrap handle that snaps shut.
The pencils fit fine in the inside pocket, but they do touch the top of the bag when closed.
Respirator, Goggles, and a small bag of tools will live here now.