DIY Native American Bow Quiver

by Don Kress
Native American quivers are made sof leather.

Native American quivers are made sof leather.

Native Americans used leather extensively in the manufacture of their tools for carrying items. This makes recreating those tools for today's use easy as long as you know how to do it. A Native American arrow quiver is designed by folding a single piece of cured leather over itself and securing one end to the other. The result is a lightweight, easy-to-store quiver that is not only useful, but attractive.

Fold the leather in half lengthwise so that you have a piece of leather that is 3-inches wide by 36-inches long.

Thread the sewing machine with the thread.

Place the leather in the sewing machine so that the needle is directly above the corner of the leather where the folded side meets the short bottom side. Lock the sewing machine foot in place by pulling the lever located on the back of the machine.

Sew two of the open ends of the leather with the sewing machine in one continuous line, but do not sew up the third open end. This short end will be the opening into which the arrows will be placed.

Fold over the top open end of the quiver two or three times to complete the quiver.

Items you will need

  • Leather sheet or artificial substitute measuring 6 inches by 36 inches
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread to match the material


  • If you do not have experience with threading a sewing machine, consult the Internet for specific diagrams for how to set up the machine - each one is different.


  • "The Art of Hand Sewing Leather"; Al Stohlman; 1977
  • "The Art of Making Leather Cases, Vol. 1"; Al Stohlman; 1979
  • "Leatherworking Handbook: A Practical Illustrated Sourcebook of Techniques and Projects"; Valerie Michael; 2006

About the Author

Don Kress began writing professionally in 2006, specializing in automotive technology for various websites. An Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified technician since 2003, he has worked as a painter and currently owns his own automotive service business in Georgia. Kress attended the University of Akron, Ohio, earning an associate degree in business management in 2000.

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