An arrow quiver is a container to hold arrows, either at home or when using the bow and arrows. A should quiver holds the arrows behind the back to allow an archer to easily reach back and grasp the feathered ends of the arrows. Leather arrow quivers provide the best protection against the sharp points of the arrows, which can easily cut through thin material. However, canvas can also be used. Canvas arrow quivers should be made from the heaviest canvas available to prevent tearing.
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Things you need
- 2/3 yard of heavy canvas
- Disappearing sewing marker
- Straight pins
- Ironing board
- Sewing machine
- Large safety pin
- 2-inch metal ring
Measure, mark and cut two pieces of heavy canvas 19 inches wide and 23 inches tall. Measure, mark and cut two strips of fabric one and a half inches wide by 40 inches long.
Fold the one-and-a-half-inch ends of the 40-inch strip down half an inch. Pin in place and iron. Remove the pins. Repeat the process with the second strip.
Lay the 40-inch strip of heavy canvas on a flat surface so the previous fold is on the bottom. Fold the 40-inch strip in half so it is three-quarters of an inch wide. Match the long edges and pin together. Repeat the process with the second strip.
Sew two seams down the long, pinned edge. Sew the first seam so the pressure foot is even with the outside edges. Align the pressure foot edge with the first seam. Sew a second straight seam down the length of the strip. Repeat the process with the second strip.
Open one end of a strip. Attach a safety pin to one side. Slide the safety pin inside the hole and turn the long strip. Work the safety pin through the strip, pushing the fabric in behind it. Remove the safety pin after the strip is turned. Press the strip flat. Repeat the process with the second strip.
Lay one piece of 19-by-23-inch canvas quiver on a flat, stable work surface. Place the fabric on the work surface so a 19-inch edge is at the bottom. Fold over the top edge half an inch, and pin. Repeat the process with the bottom edge. Press the folds and sew into place using a three-eighths-inch seam. Remove the pins. Repeat the process with the second canvas quiver.
Lay one of the sewn canvas quivers on a flat, stable work surface. Place the fabric on the work surface so a sewn edge is at the bottom. Create carrying strips from the two sewn and turned strips of canvas. Measure in from the right edge of the quiver one inch. Place the outer edge of one strip at the one-inch mark. Overlap the strip onto the quiver by one inch. Pin the strip into place. Repeat the process on the left edge. Double sew the two pinned edges to the quiver top using a half-inch and a three-quarters-inch seam.
Place the quiver with the sewn top straps on a flat surface. Put the canvas so the sewn tabs are showing on the top of the fabric. Fold the straps back and under the quiver. Flip the bottom end of the right strap up and pin it one inch in from the right edge. Overlap the canvas quiver by one inch. Pin into place. Repeat the process with the left strap. Double sew the two pinned edges to the quiver top using a half-inch and a three-quarters-inch seam.
Flip the canvas quiver over so the sewn ends of the straps are underneath. Fold the straps into the centre of the fabric. Center and place the second sewn 19-by-23-inch canvas quiver over the first. Match the edges and pin into place. Be careful not to pin the straps into the seam.
Begin sewing a half-inch seam six inches from the bottom right-hand corner. Sew around the entire quiver, leaving a two-inch opening at the bottom.
Turn the quiver right-side-out by pulling the straps through the opening at the bottom of the quiver. Continue to pull until all seams are on the inside of the fabric. Straighten the edges and iron.
Place the sewn canvas quiver on the flat work surface so the straps are pointed toward the top and bottom edges of the fabric. Turn the fabric over so the straps are beneath the fabric piece. Overlap the two 23-inch edges by half an inch. Pin into place. Sew a double seam along the pinned edge to connect the side of the canvas quiver.
Lay the canvas quiver on a flat work surface so the previously sewn seam is to the back side of the fabric. Arrange the fabric so the seam goes directly down the middle of the back of the canvas quiver. Match the bottom edges and pin into place. Sew a double seam along the pinned edge to connect the bottom of the canvas quiver.
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