'TOP' Secret Of Making Perfect Leather Sheaths Has Revealed
( Tips And Tricks On Making Your Knife Sheaths! )
There are many ways to make a sheath for a knife or anything else. One easy and good practice is to use fabric and interfacing. Material isn't too expensive, and you can find something at the local craft store like Evatac that has enough in it to accommodate the length of your knife. It just needs to be slightly larger than your weapon's blade so it can slide from one side of the sheath, under the fabric, over the other side, and back again without getting caught on any part of it.
The next piece you will need is some lightweight foam called interfacing. This will give your sheath stability when you put it into leather cement Or another type of material that will last a little longer in time.
Materials and Tools
There are many ways to make a sheath for your knife. The first thing you need is the materials and a few tools, which will differ depending on what kind of material you want to use. You can use leather, fabric, or even recycled materials like old t-shirts. Once you have all of the supplies together, lay them out in front of you so it's easy to see everything that you'll need.
Making a sheath for your knife is an easy project that can be completed in two hours. Some many materials and tools can be used to create a sheath for a knife.
Here are the most popular materials and tools:
- -Leather, Cords, Needles, Threads
- Metal Wire
- Plastic Bags, Plastic wrap or Pouches
- 1/2 inch wide polyester webbing, cut into two lengths of four feet each
- 2 yards of 1/4 inch wide fabric, enough to cover both pieces of webbing
- A sewing machine with waxed thread matching the fabric color
How to Make a Leather knife Sheath
Step 1: Draw Your Pattern
The first step to making a sheath for a knife is drawing the pattern. Begin by laying your blade on a piece of paper and tracing it with a pencil or pen. Make sure you measure your sharp edge from tip to handle, as this will determine how long your sheath pattern should be. Measure that distance as well before outlining the shape of your sheath onto paper. Once you have drawn out your design, cut it out and use it as a template for sewing.
Step 2: Cut Out and Assemble Your Pattern
The best way to cut out and assemble a pattern is to use the sharp knife and the pattern as a guide and then trace the lines on some cardboard. This will make it easier for you when you try to cut your pieces out of your fabric. To do this, first, measure out the length and width of each pattern piece with a ruler (this ensures that all details are as accurate as possible). Once they're marked, we recommend basting them by pinning them onto your fabric with straight pins about an inch apart from one another. You can also number these lines- this will help you keep track of where every piece goes during assembly.
Step 3: Trace and Cut Your Piece of Leather
Trace and Cut Your Piece of Leather. So you're about to start a leather project, but first, you need to prepare the piece of leather sheath. Following these steps will prevent undesired outcomes later in the process.
First, remove any labels from your piece of leather - so it's ready for a clean slate! Next, using a hobby knife or a sharp razor blade, trace the shape you want from one end to the other. Now cut off any excess that is poking out from either side. You have just outlined and cut your piece of leather shears. To make this sheath for our knife as seamless as possible, center your wood on top of two pieces of scrap fabric more significantly than the size required for cutting.
Step 4: Start Forming the Leather
Start forming the leather. If you are using rawhide, you will need to get it to be shaped easier. Once wet, wrap the hide around the knife's blade and use a string or cord to hold them together. You then want to place this in between two boards with nails in them and press down firmly on all four corners before flipping them over. How long you leave this process depends on how thick your leather is, but after about an hour, you should have something that resembles a sheath!
Step 5: Trim the Sheath and Prepare to Stitch the Seam
This is the fifth step of How to Make a Sheath for a Knife. We are going to trim the sheath and prepare it to be stitched together. This process will ensure that your sheath fits your blade tightly, preventing it from moving around inside the case while you are carrying it. It is essential to trim the sheath so that it fits snugly around the blade. If you do not want to sew the seam on your own, there are available online, like Evatac, that can help with this process.
Step 6: Sew the Belt Loop in Place
This is a simple process that should take you less than five minutes to complete. Essentially, all you need to do is fold over one side of your fabric and sew it into place with a straight stitch at about 7mm from the edge. Repeat this on the other side of the sheath before finishing off by adding an extra row of stitches along both sides at 15mm from each edge. Also, line up the seam where you just sewed with one side of the belt loop (belt flap) and then pin them together. Make sure you are not sewing over the top of any stitches from previous steps. Once lined up, sew a straight stitch across them to stay together and not shift when worn.
Belt loops are a great way to ensure that your sheath is secure and does not slip down during use. It's also a good idea to sew the belt loop in place before sewing up all of the seams, as you can more easily manipulate it around any buckles or clasps on your knife sheath.
Step 7: Sew the Seam
In this step, you will sew the seam. First, put your knife inside the sheath and measure the length of fabric needed for sewing. The first line should be at least 2 inches (5cm) from one end to create a loop for hanging the sheath on a nail or hook. We recommend using two lines - one at each end of the fabric - but only use three if you make an ornament out of felting instead of leather punch. This is because felt doesn't need as much support as damp leather due to its thickness.