This is one of the questions I get asked most often via email, WhatsApp, and on YouTube and Instagram. So I think it's time to address this issue.
Now most people who ask me this question are going to want me to just say something like "use 0.8mm" so they can go off to wallet-making heaven.
However, in fact, there is much more to it than that. So, to give you an idea of why, let’s discuss construction options and why this is the most important consideration when choosing wallet leather thickness.
- Thin (0.6 - 1.2 mm): Ideal for lightweight, soft passport cases with a more delicate look and feel. Leather of this thickness is relatively lightweight, but may not be as durable when it comes to durability.
- Medium thickness (1.2 - 2.0 mm): Provides a balance of durability while maintaining a certain softness. This is a common option that fits many types of passport bags.
- Thick type (above 2.0 mm): Suitable for passport bags that pursue extremely high durability and texture. Leather of this thickness may be heavier, but is much stronger at resisting wear and tear.
1.Solid vegetable-tanned leather
Properties: This leather is treated with vegetable-derived tanning agents and usually has a more natural color. It has a nice texture and feel and can evolve over time to create unique colors and textures.
Advantages: Solid vegetable-tanned leather is environmentally friendly and suitable for those looking for a natural feel and unique look.
Note: This leather is relatively hard and requires longer use to gradually soften.
Properties: Chrome-tanned leather is treated with chemicals such as chromium salts and generally has a softer feel. Available in various colors, different color effects can be easily achieved during the manufacturing process.
Advantages: Chrome-tanned leather has a short processing cycle, is soft and comfortable, and has a wide range of color options, suitable for the pursuit of fashion and diversity.
NOTE: Chrome-tanned leather may be slightly less environmentally friendly than solid vegetable-tanned leather.
3.Fine leather goods
Features: This term generally covers advanced leather manufacturing techniques, which may include handcrafting, exquisite craftsmanship, and high-quality materials. These types of leather goods often feature attention to detail and quality craftsmanship.
Advantages: Premium leather products are excellent in appearance and quality, suitable for consumers who pursue excellent quality and unique design.
NOTE: These products may be more expensive, but their craftsmanship and quality often ensure long-term use.
4.Fine leather craftsmanship
Features: Fine leather craftsmanship emphasizes careful attention to detail, which may include embroidery, engraving and other handcrafts.
Advantages: Products with fine leather craftsmanship have significant characteristics in artistry and personalization, and are suitable for consumers who pursue personalization and uniqueness.
Note: This type of product is usually handmade and may require more time and labor costs.
When choosing a leather assortment, make an informed decision based on personal preference, budget, and product quality requirements to ensure the final passport bag meets your expectations.
Making these wallets can seem like playing a game of chess. You now have to start thinking several moves ahead, in case you forget edges needed finishing ahead of time before installing, and seams, at least parts of them may need to be stitched in advance.
- Design Planning: Determine the design of the passport bag, including size, shape, color and texture. Take into account passport size and special requirements.
- Choose leather: Choose the right leather material, usually soft and durable leather, to ensure the quality and longevity of your passport bag.
- Cutting: Use cutting tools and templates to cut the selected leather to the desired shape and size, including the body and possible inner pockets.
- Stitching: Use sewing tool to sew the cut leather sections together to form the basic structure of the passport bag.
- Edge treatment: The edges of the passport bag can be processed by grinding, coloring or other methods to ensure that the edges are smooth and neat.
- Add an inner pocket: If the design requires it, you can add an inner pocket to hold other items such as credit cards, bills, etc. The inner bag also usually needs to be cut, sewn, and fastened in place.
- Overall Adjustment: Make sure all parts are put together correctly, make final adjustments and inspections to ensure the appearance and quality of the passport bag.
- Decoration and Touch-ups: Depending on design needs, decorations or touch-ups can be added to the passport bag to enhance the look and feel.
- Processing and Care: The finished passport bag is processed to ensure that the leather remains soft, shiny and cared for to increase durability.
As you can see, if someone asked about the thickness of the leather in such a wallet, the answer would be "Which part?".
So check out the video below, then get started with your Plan！