How to Make an Arrow Quiver

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Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Rectangular piece of thick leather
  • Shears
  • Awl or leather hole punch
  • Leather thong

Quivers are manufactured in many different types of materials, from natural leather to plastic and vinyl. The most durable material for a quiver that stands to see a lot of use, however, is leather. The end points of arrows are typically very sharp. Even competition arrows are capable of making holes in the sturdiest synthetic fabric after just a few uses. A strong, thick piece of leather won't puncture when the arrows are dropped into the quiver regardless of how many times the quiver is used or what type of arrows it holds. A functional leather quiver must have a pouch portion long enough to hold the arrows without risk of them falling out, but short enough not to touch the fletching at the end of the arrow opposite the tip, lest the fletching incur damage and cause the arrows to fly less than true. A strap for easy carrying is the last must-have component.

Measure one of the arrows intended for the quiver with a tape measure from just under the fletching down to the very tip. Then mark a piece of leather with tailor's chalk to have two straight sides with a length just less than the measurement of the arrow. Measure the top at a straight 8 to 9 inches across. Mark the bottom in the shape of a shallow curve so that the final pattern resembles a long "U."

Cut out the shape with sheers as marked on the leather.

Fold the shape in half so that the sides are touching and the pouch shape resembles a long, thick knife sheath.

Punch holes with the awl or hole punch every inch along the open edge through both layers of leather. Go back and punch a second set of holes 1/4 inch above the first set of holes.

Leave the straight top open. Thread two lengths of thong with your fingers through the first punched holes in each of the two rows. Cross them into an "X" in the center of every set of four holes. Continue to thread them in this fashion all the way down the open side. Leave at least a 3-inch length of each thong at the bottom point, and tie the thong in a tight knot up against the leather.

Cut a 1-inch wide strip of leather long enough for the wearer to slip it over the head and have it rest across the chest with the top of the quiver hitting just between the shoulder blades. This is your strap.

Punch four holes at each end of the strap for a total of eight holes.

Fold the strap over so that each set of four holes matches. Then take the length of leftover thongs at the top of the quiver and thread them through the two bottom holes of each strap end. Cross them into at "X" and thread them back through the two top holes.

Tie the thongs off with a knot to keep the strap tightly tied to the body of the quiver.


  • In lieu of a leather thong, a long shoe lace would do the trick.

    Decorate the quiver by painting or stenciling a design on it.

    Artificial or synthetic leather offers a cheap alternative to the real thing.


  • Use care when working with shears, awls and other sharp objects.