Quivers are manufactured in many different types of materials, from natural leather to plastic and vinyl. The most durable material for a quiver that stands to see a lot of use, however, is leather. The end points of arrows are typically very sharp. Even competition arrows are capable of making holes in the sturdiest synthetic fabric after just a few uses. A strong, thick piece of leather won't puncture when the arrows are dropped into the quiver regardless of how many times the quiver is used or what type of arrows it holds. A functional leather quiver must have a pouch portion long enough to hold the arrows without risk of them falling out, but short enough not to touch the fletching at the end of the arrow opposite the tip, lest the fletching incur damage and cause the arrows to fly less than true. A strap for easy carrying is the last must-have component.
Measure one of the arrows intended for the quiver with a tape measure from just under the fletching down to the very tip, then mark a piece of leather with tailor's chalk to have two straight sides with a length just less than the measurement of the arrow. Measure the top at a straight eight to nine inches across. Mark the bottom in the shape of a shallow curve so that the final pattern resembles a long "U."
Cut out the shape as marked on the leather.
Fold the shape in half so that the sides are touching and the pouch shape resembles a long, thick knife sheath.
Punch holes every inch along the open edge through both layers of leather with a leather awl or hole punch. Go back and punch a second set of holes 1/4 inch above the first set of holes.
Leave the straight top open and sew the open side all the way down through the curve to the tip formed by the curved bottom with leather thong by threading two lengths of thong through the punched holes at each side of the bottom and crossing the thongs into an "X" in the centre of every set of four holes. Leave at least a 3 inch length of each thong at the bottom point, and tie the thong in a tight knot up against the leather.
Cut a long, 1 inch wide strip of leather long enough for the wearer to slip it over the head and have it rest across the chest with the top of the quiver hitting just between the shoulder blades. This is your strap.
Punch four holes at each end of the strap, for a total of eight holes.
Fold the strap over so that each set of four holes matches, then take the length of thongs at the top of the quiver left over from sewing the open edge of the quiver up from the bottom and thread them through the two bottom holes of each strap end. Cross them into at "X" and thread them back through the top two holes of the set of four holes.
Tie the thongs off with a knot tied tight to the leather to keep the strap tightly tied to the body of the quiver.
Things you need
- Tape measure
- Tailor's chalk
- Rectangular piece of thick leather
- Sheers or electric scissors
- Awl/leather hole punch
- Leather thong/shoe lace