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Step 6: Contact Cement and Assembly

Here's the fun part, when the wallet takes shape!

I put contact cement on the edges that will need to be sewn. I've found that putting too much makes stitching difficult later, so I only apply contact cement close to the edge and not on the stitching holes. The cement holds the wallet together for sewing, and also keeps the edge together while burnishing and during use.

For any contact cement on the top (smooth) face of the leather, I use my knife to rough up the surface so the cement can "bite" into the material better.

I use my stitching needles to make sure all the holes are lined up for sewing later, and then press the edges together. After, I pound the glued edges with my mallet to make sure they'll stay and that's it!