During the Middle Age was common carrying small items like coins, keys, inside pouches or purses attached to the belt.
There are many archaeological and iconographical documents, you can search for your favorite patterns, but there is a model that in my opinion, is one of the best for a bushcrafter.
By the Late Middle Age, a new type of bag appeared, this pouch was providing an easy way to carry dagger, small swords, knives, in the middle of two belt loops. Below some examples taken from medieval images.
Following this concept you could create your own bushcraft possible pouch and wear it on your knife sheath.
What you need to realize this DIY project? Look at this image.
A – First of all you need leather, you can buy this in a store, for a better customization prefer vegetable-tanned leather, but you could also… embracing the idea of recycling, search for an unused leather objects (bags, armchairs etc) in a natural colour, and disassembly it (ask your wife before… 🙂 ).
B – Polyester sewing thread or a natural twine roll.
C – Needles
D – Scissors and a knife, to cut leather.
E – a Fork from your kitchen, you’ll use this as a tool to punch inline holes on the leather.
If you have a fork with no good prongs sharpen these with a small diamond file.
I’ve included as jpeg images, two paper models (A4 compatible), feel free to modify anything you want.
Cut the pieces following these shapes and after, follow step-by-step these assembly instruction.
- Fold the rear (follow the line on the paper model).
- Sew the loops, if you have problems, use this simple stitch, works fine for me
Place the front side.
- Sew the front side and the rear.
- Turn the leather upside down to hide the stitching.
- Add the flap.
- Add the bag closure, you can use a D shaped buckle but also an antler, bone or wood button.
The works is complete!
Carry your survival kit on your belt…and enjoy the Wilderness!