How to make a leather pouch

I decided to have a go at making some leather pouches. here’s some pictures…

 

First thing to do was cut out the leather. This is from an old welders apron.

First thing to do was cut out the leather. This is from an old welders apron.

 

 

Obviously, I need 2 sides.

Obviously, I need 2 sides. The sides are approx 15cm x 21cm.

 

 

After I had cut the sides, I marked where I was going to stitch. I used two needles and a length of linen thread about two and half times the overall length of the pouch.

After I had cut the sides, I marked where I was going to stitch. I used two needles and a length of linen thread about two and half times the overall length of the pouch.

 

 

Then began the long process of hand stitching.

Then began the long process of hand stitching.

 

 

The leather is just about thin enough to be able to stich just using a thimble. It didn't need an awl to make the holes.

The leather is just about thin enough to be able to stich just using a thimble. It didn't need an awl to make the holes.

 

 

Here it is about a third of the way done.

Here it is about a third of the way done.

 

 

And now, just over half way.

And now, just over half way.

 

 

Here you can see that I pass one needle through the hole that has been made by the other needle. Each stitch is made from the top and then the needle that is at the bottom goes through that hole and then becomes the top needle (if that makes sense).

Here you can see that I pass one needle through the hole that has been made by the other needle. Each stitch is made from the top and then the needle that is at the bottom goes through that hole and then becomes the top needle (if that makes sense).

 

 

Time to turn the pouch inside out.

Time to turn the pouch inside out.

 

 

Then it's time to punch the holes needed for lacing the pouch with some leather thonging. These are punched at both sides of the pouch, through both sides.

Then it's time to punch the holes needed for lacing the pouch with some leather thonging. These are punched at both sides of the pouch, through both sides.

 

 

This is then threaded through....

This is then threaded through....

 

 

And tied in a knot.

And tied in a knot.

 

 

The thonging is then passed around the top and threaded through the holes on the opposite side.

The thonging is then passed around the top and threaded through the holes on the opposite side.

 

 

The thonging can then be tied up to seal the top of the pouch.

The thonging can then be tied up to seal the top of the pouch.

 

 

This pouch is just big enough to fit a Tatonka spirit burner and stand.

This pouch is just big enough to fit a Tatonka spirit burner and stand.

 

 

The finished pouch, filled up and ready for use.

The finished pouch, filled up and ready for use.

 

 

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One Response to “How to make a leather pouch”

  • Hennie van Brakel:

    Celt

    I needed to make a leather pouch for a folding knife I’m making for a client. I googled this morning and found your method. I used my wife’s sewing machine, offcause with strong thread. The result..excelent. Thank you very much.

    Regards

    Hennie

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