How to make a leather hip quiver:
this tutorial brought to you by Tommy and Dan Clum

As with many other archery related things, making your own gear is fun, and adds to the enjoyment of traditional archery. You do not have to be a Suzy Homemaker to do it either. A little bit of patience, and little pre-planning, and you can have a quiver you'll be proud to show off.

Once you've found a look that you like the first thing to do is make a prototype out of paper. We like to use paper a little thicker than regular copier paper, but not so thick as cardboard. Our favorite type of paper here at the store is from an old, big calender.

Make it work on paper before you cut your leather!

As you can see in the pictures, this is for a left handed archer.

Here is our paper prototype. The extra piece on the left will become an outer pocket.

In this example we are going to be stitching with 1/8" leather latigo lacing. So we took that in to account when making our paper prototype. It is easy to make your first few leather items too small on account of forgetting to factor in stitching space.

There are a lot of ways to lay out your holes, since this project does not require much, or detailed stitching, we went ahead and laid out our holes on paper to make sure they lined up.

A close up of the layout:

Like I said earlier, make it work on paper first!

 

Once everything lines up on paper then you can go ahead and start cutting your leather.

We are stitching with 1/8" latigo lace, and used a 1/8" punch. Here you can see our pieces cut out and ready to be stitched.

Before stitching make sure to skive your leather. Skiving makes the leather look cleaner and a lot more professional.

Skiving is cutting off a thin layer near the edge. Like beveling a knife. They make special tools designed for this process.

Now lace up your quiver and stitch it all together.

And voila! A finished product. We put a little flair on this hip quiver with the stone broadhead cutout underneath the deer antler button.
You can pretty them up however you like!

 

 

 

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