How to Make a Hunting Hip Quiver

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How to Make a Hunting Hip Quiver
A hip quiver can let archers have easy access to their arrows. (lady archer image by Paul Moore from

Archery is a popular outdoor sport the world over, whether in formal competitions or out in the field hunting wild game. Most quivers for crossbows, longbows and modern compound bows are worn on the back for easy arrow access; these quivers can be bought at most hunting supply and sporting good stores. Smaller quivers can also be purchased to be worn on the hip like a pistol holster. Making your own hip quiver negates paying a retail store's sometimes hefty price tag.

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Things you need

  • Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Glue
  • Leather
  • Awl
  • Eyelet gun
  • Forked punch
  • Leather cording
  • Adhesive gel

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  1. 1

    Measure a 12-by-5-inch rectangle on a piece of cardboard and cut it out to make a template for the back of the quiver. Measure another cardboard rectangle that's 7-by-5 inches and cut it out as well. Lay the smaller piece underneath the top left corner of the longer piece and set it at a 45 degree angle; glue it in place to secure the two pieces together.

  2. 2

    Cut another cardboard piece that measures 8-by-5 inches; lay this template and the template from Step 1 over a large square of leather and cut out each shape. You should now have two leather pieces: the larger one is the back of the quiver and the smaller piece is the front. Use an awl to punch to two holes horizontally in the top angled end of the quiver's back to create an attachment point for the leather cording later. Add two metal eyelets to the holes with an eyelet gun.

  3. 3

    Assemble the quiver by laying the front piece over the back to create a pocket. Lay the front flush to the end of the back that's the furthest away from the cording holes. Use the forked punch to punch holes through the quiver, going from the top of the pocket and down through the backing. Space the holes about 1/2 cm apart around the front.

  4. 4

    Thread a piece of leather cording through each hole and, working in an under/over pattern, thread the cord until the pocket is secured to the backing. Add additional stability to the pocket/backing joint by adding a bead of adhesive bond around the threading. Once the adhesive dries, secure the quiver to your hip by tying leather cording through the holes and around your leg.

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