2″ wide rectangle loops for handles of bag and 1″ center bar buckle for the tote hardware.

strap attachment pieces for the double handles

working on buckle attachment for the closure.

The piece that will attach the buckle has marks for hole punching.

The... (wait,… I need to go look up what the rod in the buckle is called)

prong.. (oh neeto, I learned something…parts of a buckle…frame, bar and prong)

I need to create a long hole for the prong to go through.

There is a pounding punch tool for creating that shape but I don’t use punches that require hammering cause they make too much noise for being in an apartment. I also would need to go find a heaver table and pound board…..too much extra extra.

This is a little more rustic way of creating the hole. I punch two bigger holes spaced apart.

Then to slice the portion out between the holes. Bevel the oblong hole and burnish it.

(all measurements tested out on scrap)

white stuff in the holes is lotion I used to condition the leather and help burnish the edges.
now for the closure strap. I use a round object to mark corners.
and trim
then bevel
entire piece
stitching the gussets to the cover of the bag
As I stitch the gussets, I incorporate a long thin piece a couple inches from the top rim that will be the reinforcement for securing the hardware attachments.
bottom of gussets are stitched
stitching hardware attachments
now just wait for strap leather to arrive