Grand Cognac Leather Briefcase Pattern, Vintage Satchel Crossbody Messenger Template, PDF Download
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Grand Cognac Leather Briefcase Pattern, Vintage Satchel Crossbody Messenger Template, PDF Download

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This listing is for PDF pattern to make the bag, not the actual bag!

This is the largest version of Cognac series, the Grand. It fits a 15" laptop and would make a good school bag or a business briefcase. Practical and functional with 2 compartments and 4 pockets, quick and easy to open thanks to the button studs, and plenty of room to be creative combining your favorite leathers and colors.

Size: approx. 15" x 10.6" x 4(ish)"


Because of the vintage style of this briefcase I recommend using veg tan - it will look its best, and also I highly recommend burnisning all the edges (all of them). Some other leathers also can be burnished like veg re-tan, and some combination tanned, so keep this in mind.

Also, there will be many layers to sew through, this is why I recommend choosing the leather wisely, especially for the back parts. Using thicker leather would also increase the weight of the finished briefcase.

I also recommend skiving the end parts of the straps a little bit (the buckle strap where the buckle is attached, and at the end where they are sewn onto the bag; the shoulder strap ends where they are attached to swivel hooks; and the top D-ring holders at both ends as well because the thickness at these spots will be kinda insane if you don’t)

Main gussets: anything relatively soft, not too thick, but that depends on your preferences.
Body (all three panels) - 5-6 oz, firm temper.
Zipper patch, back outer pocket - 3 oz, medium to firm temper
All straps (for closure, shoulder strap) and the top handle - 7-8 oz.
Flap - something beautiful and firm, I’d say 5-7 oz.
Zippered pocket backing - something thin like 3 oz.

Pattern is designed for hand stitching.
Comes with written instructions and lots of pictures.

The pattern has stitching holes marked for 5 SPI stitching irons (5 stitches per inch, or approximately 5.2 mm). 5 mm stitching irons made by metric system sometimes fit, sometimes they don’t (depending on manufacturer). If you have 5 mm irons and the spacing seems a tad too large for them you can print the pattern at 96.2% scale. I advise to print one page and try your irons to see how they fit before printing the entire pattern.

Formats: A4 and USLetter.

Video about how to print the patterns and solve common printing problems if they happen:

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