Custom Arc cover

I have a small Arc folder with a flowery cover that is not being used so I decided to see what type of cover I could make. I knew I  had a small piece of black English bridle leather that would be perfect.

Only having one piece of this leather I decided to make a template first

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After some trial and error I found the dimensions that would work in the manner I had imagined.

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I even remembered to add extra length to allow the notebook to close.

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It was at this point that I got the leather out to cut it to size to my horror the leather was tapered and although the end I had looked at while it was wrapped was large enough the other end was too small. Those who have read the black and yellow pen case will know a mis measurement forced me to make a three piece cover. I decided to use the same method here.

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In order to allow the many pieces of leather to overlap for stitching I had to thin the edges. For smaller edges a round knife is best once it gets to around 25 mm I prefer to cut a grove with this tool

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The remove the remaining material with a French skiving tool

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Once the edges were ready I made some red suede piping and glued it to the spine piece on the left you can see the inside edge and on the right the outside edge.

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I added some extra wax to the leather and glued the spine to the outer sides the extra wax makes it very easy to remove excess glue.

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Time for the interior calf suede 1.5 mm thick very nice. Because I had made a template I simply transferred the dimensions across.

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Stitching the sides to the spine

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At this point I glued the suede interior in place forgetting I had the strap and whatever the strip is called that holds it in place 🙂 Any way I had forgot both of them so had to un glue the suede and stitch them in place.

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Strap in place here I had began to stitch around the edges to secure everything in place

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Finished inside

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As the leather has been rolled up for a long time it is trying to return to that shape it will settle eventually.

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The finished cover works just as I expected it would it will take the standard discs and the next size up which I think is an inch I am very happy with it.

Thanks for looking

Michael

 

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