How to Make a Medieval Leather Pouch

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If you think leatherwork takes too much time, too much money or too many tools, this 2-part video is for you. Learn how to make a 15th century pouch, in about an hour, with tools you can find around the house, and materials you can get locally. This pouch is a nice size to hang from your belt–big enough to hold your wallet, keys and cell phone easily (plus the occasional kid’s toy or light snack.)

Here’s a secret for finding leather and buckles to use for projects if you don’t live near a leather store and don’t want to wait for that online order to come in. Head out to your local thrift store, Goodwill, Salvation Army, or become a yard sale stalker. You can often find nice leather coats, purses and shoes which have perfectly good leather and buckles. A fifty cent pair of worn-out boots could turn into a lovely pouch. I’ve made gloves from a $2 coat. If you pay attention, you’ll find lots of ways to recycle old leather goods and save money on your projects.

For this pouch, you’ll need:

Leather, waxed linen thread, 2 strong embroidery needles (large eye), a buckle, scissors, an awl (preferably curved) and something to punch holes with (if you don’t have a leather punch, sometimes a sturdy paper punch will work.) You’ll also want some binder clips, and you may need a pair of pliers if your needles get stubborn.

Download the pattern by clicking the links below:

Pouch pattern part 1

Pouch pattern part 2

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Catherine September 25, 2010 at 12:00 am

The link to the pattern is not available. How do we get the pattern?

Cedric January 11, 2011 at 11:54 pm

We’re very sorry for the delay. The pattern has now been added to the website.

Cedric November 16, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Both patterns seem to come up on our end, though the second one does take a little longer.

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