Vintage Leather US Mail Bag

I’ve always thought the leather bags mail cariers used to use were so cool. Enter the Glowforge and COVID and I had plenty of time to make my own version. I added pockets to make it functional and it will fit most 15.6" laptops. I designed it so that every piece can be cut on a basic with no passthrough. I used a couple of things for the first time in this bag. First, conway buckles, they are so cool! I can’t believe I haven’t used these before! They require less harware to put together a shoulder strap. The other thing I used for the first time was horse butt strips from Maverick Leather. I made all the straps with it. They’re strong and durable and blend right in with the cow leather.
I made an Instructables with how I put everything together:



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Wow! That looks amazing!!!

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Nice work!!!

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This makes me want to make one too!

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Love the distressed look. What weight leather?

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This is absolutely gorgeous!

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Love the inside details and storage. Wow!

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That’s so good!

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That is fabulous!

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Thanks. I used 6-7oz leather to make the bag. I dyed the leather using the technique I saw in a youtube video from creative awl. I did everything as they describe except the masking tape. I don’t have the patience to put it on and leave it for 24 hours.

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It looks fabulous! Very nice work!

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Great work! What did you line it with?

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That is one gorgeous bag, love the inside organization!

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Really nice design. That sure looks like a lot is stitching too.

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Thanks! Stitching wasn’t too bad. I did use needle nosed pliers in some spots.

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Thanks! I didn’t line it. It’s just full grain vegetable-tanned leather.

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Very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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