Although archery is a sport, there is no reason you can’t be fashionable while participating. Yet for some reason, there is nothing fashionable about the industry. While participating in an Indoor Women’s League, I began looking for a hip quiver in pink, to match my custom pink bow. After all- sporting equipment should be classified as “fashionable accessories.” Plus for some reason I have always had to be unique and stand out from the crowd, nor did I want to spend $40 plus for an ugly quiver.
3/8 of yard Home decorator fabric – canvas style($2.02 -40% off at Jo-Ann's)
2 Golf Club separator tubes($2.00)
14” webbing, 1 ½” wide ($0.24)
Small piece foam ($0.50)
Total Cost = $4.76
We purchased 3/4 yard of fabric, but this turned out to make double what we needed. If you have more tubes, you will want more fabric. If you want lots of pockets, or extras, you will need more fabric.
Golf tubes are particularly long, so you will need to cut them to length. We chose 21” long. We cut them with a utility knife, it did not make a perfect cut, but since it’s in the bottom of you’re your quiver, and you’ll never see it, we didn’t mind.
Next you will want to measure your tubes and make a pattern. Since our tubes were 21” long and we were putting a piece of foam in the bottom of 1 ½” thick, our pattern measured 22 ½” long. We also started out by tapering our tubes like a lot of manufactured quivers do, but in the end decided we didn’t need this. We measured the circumference of our two quiver tubes laying together, and it came out to be 7” around. We drew this down on newspaper, then added a 5/8” seam allowance. Voila! Your quiver pattern made!
We cut out two layers of fabric with wrong sides together according to your pattern. Do not cut on the fold, or you will have twice as much. We sewed a double layer of fabric, to help with durability, stability and to have a pretty lining. By cutting out your fabric with wrong sides together and sewing them with wrong sides together, your inside will be just as pretty as your outside.
Pin your two pieces together just they way they were cut out. (One piece is a lining, the other is the outside).
Next are a few suggested steps we did not take. After learning the hard way, I will add them here.
First, sew your top hem. If you don’t, sewing your top hem will become very difficult!
Second, if you want pockets, add them now. Fold your fabric in half to get an idea of correct placement.
Third, pin your webbing into the seam of your quiver. We sewed first, and found that we had to sew the webbing to the top, which makes your quiver hang straight. So, if you pin your webbing loop into your seam, at an angle, it will hang from your waist correctly at an angle.
Fold your length of webbing in half, and sew the bottom together. We burnt the edges with a lighter to keep it from unraveling. Pin it to one edge at a 45 degree, about 5-6 inches from the top. Play with it, and check it out with your belt. You will be able to slide your belt through it and let it hang, or attach a carabineer to the quiver loop & to a belt loop.
Next fold your fabric in half and pin the edges. If you added pockets, make sure your pockets are on the inside. Make sure your webbing ends are on the outside. Sewing from the top sew along the edge, over your loop all the way to the bottom. Turn the corner and sew the bottom shut.
You’re almost finished! Iron your hems, (keep the iron out of the way of the webbing). Clip your bottom corners. Start to turn your quiver inside out. Just as you get the end out, push in the small piece of foam that will make your base. Ours was 1 ½” deep, 3” long, and 1 ½” wide. If you wait to do this till the end, it’s too difficult. Finish turning your quiver right side out, and insert your tubes.
Everyone at league is going to be jealous!