How to Make Traditional Back Quivers

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Back quivers are used by bow hunters and archery aficionados. They can be seen in movies like Robin Hood and on the backs of individuals who enjoy a traditional style of bow hunting. They can easily be bought or put together from kits, but if you enjoy working with leather and are good with your hands, you may decide to make a traditional back quiver on your own.

Lay your leather flat on a hard surface with the back side of your leather piece facing up. Use a ruler to measure 1/4-inch in from each side, top and bottom. Make a straight line, in ink, 1/4-inch in framing the leather piece so that a thin line runs along every side of the leather. Measure in another 1 inch on every side from the line you just made. Use a pen to make small marks, evenly spaced 1/2-inch apart, all around the entire piece of leather so that you have a straight, dotted ink frame 1-1/4-inch in from the outer edge of your leather piece.

Use a leather hole punch to make a small hole at every small mark you have made on the leather.

Use a sharpened utility knife to cut the ends off both of your 6-foot leather laces so that each end has a 45-degree angle on it and is not frayed. Roll up your leather piece using large rubber bands to hold it in place if the leather is very stiff. Roll the leather until the ends overlap and the holes line up.

Insert one end of the leather string through the left hand bottom hole. Insert one end of the other leather string through the right hand bottom hole. Pull each string until at least three feet of its length is on the inside of your rolled up piece of leather. Beginning at the bottom and working your way upward, thread the leather strings through each hole beginning on the inside and pushing up toward the outside and crossing over to the opposite side hole, one hole up. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to help you thread the leather through the holes. When you have completed the first four holes, you should see what looks like an "x." Repeat this process until you have threaded leather through all but the top two holes. Pull the string tight and tie a knot with the remaining string on the inside of the leather tube. Leave the top two holes free of leather string for the moment.

Punch two holes, 1 inch apart three inches up from the bottom edge of the leather tube you have created. These will form the holes which you will use, along with the two unused original holes to attach the strap to your quiver case.

Take the two leather strips measuring 1-1/2-inch wide by 20-inches long and measure 1/4-inch in from one of the ends of one strap. Make eight marks 1/2-inch apart and 1/4-inch in from both sides. Repeat this process at the other end of the strip but only make four marks. Thread another piece of leather shoe string through the holes on the strip in the same manner as described before, but making the crosses yourself as you thread through all the holes. Thread the loose string through the open holes on your quiver case and tie off the remaining leather in a knot on the inside of the quiver case.

Take your oval leather piece measuring 2 1/4-inch wide by 7-inch long and make marks 1/4-inch in from every side, evenly spaced 1/2-inch apart around the entire inner surface of the oval piece. Use your leather punch to punch holes in every mark.

Line up your oval piece with the bottom end of your quiver, opposite the end you connected a strap to. Thread your remaining piece of leather shoelace through the holes on the oval piece and the open holes along the bottom of your quiver, making looping, parallel sewing motions until all holes are filled with leather string. Cut off excess string and tie a knot on the inside of the quiver base.


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