Leather tools

If you are new to working with leather and do not want to spend a fortune on expensive leather craft tools, there is no need. You can get decent quality tools for little money. Of course, there are some pretty good quality ones out there but they also carry a hefty price tag. When I started out, I bought cheap tools from websites like Amazon and Ebay and they do the job well. Overtime, I have invested in better quality leather craft tools but some of the tools I use are still the same not-so-expensive ones.

It can seem like you need a huge amount of tools to get started in bag making. I've listed below the bare minimum of tools that I recommend you start with if you don't want to go all-in from the get-go. These tools are sufficient in order for you to take one of our beginners' courses. You will get a more comprehensive tool list with each course as well as a more general leather tool list with the names and photos of each tool to make it easy for you when you go out shopping.


Box cutter

Cutting mat

Glue (water-based, e.g. Renia Aquilim 315 + rubber cement, e.g. Renia Colle de Cologne or Barge)


4mm pricking irons

Rivet setter (only required if using rivets)

Rotary punch

Rubber or nylon mallet


Steel ruler

2x blunt-tip needles

Waxed polyester thread

I also highly recommend getting the following in order to finish the leather edges of your work:

Edge beveller

Edge slicker

Gum Tragacanth and/or Tokonole 

Sanding block or sand paper

Tools that are useful but not a necessity when starting out:

Wing divider

Leather wax/protector

Cork cutting board (e.g. a cork trivet!)

Strap cutter

Plastic clips