As far as I can tell from watching the teaser trailer over and over, Link has two belt bags. It’s difficult to see exactly what they look like, other than leather, so the bags are pretty open to interpretation.
I finally got rid of an old messenger bag I had. It was made of leather and canvas, and the fabric had ripped apart. Fortunately, the leather is in great shape! In the spirit of reduce, reuse, recycle, I removed the leather and have started using it to make one of Link’s bags.
Here’s what I’ve done so far:
I salvaged one large piece of leather, along with a few strips, handles and hardware. After bending around and toying with all the pieces, I’ve decided to make a simple envelope-like bag. It’ll be small with just enough space to store con badges, necessary cards and my phone.
Getting the Shape
This leather is thick and holds its shape, so before I started any piercing or sewing, I had to form the fold. I folded the leather into the shape I wanted, then stowed it underneath a heavy tool box for about a week. (I could have taken the weight off sooner, but I haven’t had time to work on this project until now).
With that done, I marked where I want to put the belt loops.
Because leather is so thick, it’s good to prep for sewing by piercing your holes. Fortunately, because I’m using salvaged leather, many of the holes already existed. I just had to create more in places where they weren’t originally.
To make the holes, use a leather awl punch. I don’t have one, but I do have a bookbinding awl, so I just used that. It might mean I’ll have to buy another awl if I do bind a book anytime soon, since I’m sure the leather will dull the tip.
I then used tapestry needles and heavy-duty coat thread to attach the loops. I also used a dab of bookbinding glue on the loops to further stabilize my stitches. I like bookbinding glue because it’s flexible after it dries. That means, if I move around a lot and wiggle the bag, the glue won’t crack – you can probably see why it’s used in bookbinding.
I know this doesn’t sound like a ton of progress, but between piecing holes and stitching by hand, this bag will take a lot of time to make. However, because I already owned all the materials, it’ll be free! Worth the effort!