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Make your own Leather Belt Pouch for Bushcraft, Survival, or Every Day Carry. Great project for many skill levels that teaches a variety of life-long leather-working skills for crafting or repair.

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Make your own Leather Belt Pouch!

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Who is this course for?

There is a fair amount of cutting and punching using sharp tools so adults and young adults (working safely right alongside a responsible adult) are suited for this class. This course is great for beginning leather workers, those with just a few projects in their past, or leather workers who are ready to learn new skills such as saddle stitching and wet molding. The detailed pattern will save time and guess work for all skill levels - allowing you to focus on learning rather than getting your first design right. This project can be personalized in a variety of ways to change the look, including selecting different stitching and leather finishes.
Who is this course for?

Course Objectives

Here's what you can expect to learn!

  • Learn about pattern-making when working with leather

  • Learn how to shape edges

  • Learn how to "wet-mold" leather

  • Learn techniques for gluing leather

  • Learn how to Saddle Stitch

  • Learn different methods for finishing leather

  • Learn how to safely use an awl when working with leather

Meet Your Instructor

  • Kevin Luebke

    Outdoorsman & Leathercrafter

    Kevin Luebke

    Kevin has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors. His hobbies include hiking, canoeing, beekeeping and leatherwork. He has drawn great inspiration from the life and mindset of Daniel Boone, growing up not far from his final homestead in Missouri. Kevin has been making his own belts, knives, knife sheaths and other leather gear for over a decade. He has also served as a volunteer instructor teaching leather work to kids and young adults in his community.

Course Curriculum

  • 1
    Welcome, Safety, & Materials
    • Welcome from Kevin
    • Resources & Materials List [DOWNLOADS]
  • 2
    Building the Pouch
    • Design & Layout
    • Shaping Edges
    • Wet Molding
    • Belt Loop, Closure, and Button
    • Gluing Leather
    • Making the Holes to Stitch the Sides
    • Stitching Prep & Saddle Stitching
    • Finishing Leather
  • 3
    Conclusion
    • Wrap Up & Thank You

Materials Needed

The course is supplied with a very detailed downloadable materials list but below are the specialized items.

  • Leather itself-one 12 x 12 piece of vegetable tan 5 to 7 oz. leather (a common size and type sold) will make two pouches.
  • Blunt leather sewing needles (detailed in course materials).
  • Leather stitching string (detailed in course materials).
  • If you want a brown finish, then leather dye is recommended as well as a specific top coat (detailed in course materials).


The rest of the items, including something to punch holes in leather, (awl, blade awl, drill bit (1/16th), or even a finish nail) can be purchased at any hardware or Wal-Mart type store.