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Help with leather pouch
Jun 1st, 2019 at 5:04pm
 
I got this incredible decorated leather pouch from Tomas ages ago and made this sling with it. I had it hidden away and I recently rediscovered it and, though it worked really pretty well despite it being super long, looking at it now... it's ugly. The pouch Tomas made is beautiful but I really dropped the ball. Cotton string in a simple braid is not good enough. I now want to do this pouch justice and give it the cords it deserves but I'm not really sure how to go about it. I know very few braiding techniques and it's kind of unusual with the three holes which limits it to 6 strands. I tried a 6 strand round braid but it pulled off to one side and didn't really work. Anyone got any ideas?

I can't remember now if Tomas gave me any tips; if he did, I can't find then now. He hasn't been around the forum for a little while, but, if you are there Tomas, what would you suggest?

I've added photos of how I attached the cords originally with the simple braid.
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Reply #1 - Jun 3rd, 2019 at 8:16pm
 
Kick wrote on Jun 1st, 2019 at 5:04pm:
looking at it now... it's ugly.

That's funny.† As soon as I opened this topic, my first thought was, "Wow, what a beautiful sling!".† But I get what you're saying about the cords being on the plain side.

Unfortunately I don't have a specific recommendation.† But I was in a very similar, yet reversed, situation not long ago and thought what I did might help spark an idea.† I had a sling from way back when I first started making slings.† At that time I liked braiding them, but had zero idea how to use one.† So a lot of my slings had really tiny pouches that don't come close to holding the ammunition I currently use.

The specific sling I'm talking about was one that had really nice cords, but again too small a pouch.† I decided to cut the pouch out and attach the cords to a leather pouch instead.† Here are some pictures of this sling (I didn't take a before picture, so these are just its current form).

Full sling:
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Close-ups of front and back knotting:
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As you can see, I didn't put much time into making this look pretty.† I just took what was leftover from the sides of the pouch, put them through two holes, and tied them in a knot.† Again, not pretty, but effective.

You mention having a problem with the 6 strand braid pulling to one side.† You could possibly start the braid from the finger loop side instead, then find a way to knot it to the pouch.† You could also use a three strand braid, again starting from the loop side.† Then at the pouch put each strand through a hole and tie them off.† I don't know how nice that would look, but should be pretty quick to make a braid and give it a try.

Hope you're able to figure something out.† That is a beautiful pouch.† It should be slinging Cheesy
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Reply #2 - Jun 3rd, 2019 at 10:41pm
 
Iím always a fan of the look of a diamond round braid. Thereís lots of tutorials on YouTube, but hereís one thatís nice and short:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UtWWA6MQXGE
Maybe go with a natural fiber in two contrasting colors like black and tan to complement the leather.
Thatís my $.02
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Reply #3 - Jun 4th, 2019 at 12:49am
 
I had another go at the 6 strand round braid and it seems I've finally managed to get that to work. I'm using jute but I only have the one colour of it. I haven't decided if it's the retention or release side yet, going to see how long it comes out Cheesy I am considering maybe switching up the braid to add some variety and at some point I'm going to need to make a multicoloured sling, for whatever reason I haven't yet.
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Reply #4 - Jun 4th, 2019 at 7:51am
 
I had another thought on this.† Sort of bouncing off NOC's idea for a four strand braid.† I think this style could work.† Using your bottom two pictures as a reference, what if you brought a piece of cordage through each of the bottom holes.† Then put both pieces back through the top hole together (may need to punch the hole out a little larger depending on the size of the cordage). All 4 strands would then be on the same side and you could start your 4 strand braid.

I think this could also be done with an 8 strand braid if you were using a thin cordage and the holes are large enough to fit 4 strands through the top.† I'm a fan of hemp.† That you could get in multiple colors, and might be thin enough.† I think this would give you a nice clean look on the pouch too.
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Reply #5 - Jun 4th, 2019 at 7:53am
 
Hey!

Seems like Joe here is braiding from the loop/tassel end, down to the pouch. I'm not sure about this, but I think Kick is working the other way, ie from pouch to end.
I do prefer the second way, but it makes repairs a bit harder.

Introducing two-colors braids was really a good thing to me. My slings looked twice better, without me doing anything more than before!


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Reply #6 - Jun 4th, 2019 at 8:55am
 
Easier to braid or twist two colors.
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Reply #7 - Jun 4th, 2019 at 10:24am
 
Yeah I've been working from the pouch to the end. The 6 strand is working quite nicely now but it's taking an age. I'll post some pictures in a little bit. I'm thinking of doing a wool sling sometime soon which I do have a lot of different colours of.
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Reply #8 - Jun 4th, 2019 at 10:31am
 
Looks way better than the cotton string.
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Reply #9 - Jun 4th, 2019 at 11:18am
 
Agreed!† Looking real nice† Cool
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Reply #10 - Jun 5th, 2019 at 6:56am
 
Yeah looks the part for sure !
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Reply #11 - Jun 6th, 2019 at 11:23pm
 
Hi! Late to the game I am, I am!!
Kick- you essentially did what I would have done Cool
I can only suggest adding some whipping to protect the cordage at the connection points.
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Reply #12 - Jun 7th, 2019 at 1:15am
 
That's a good idea. Looking at it now, it probably would survive a fair while without it but I would hate to have to redo it if it came loose. Thanks for the tip! I'm just glad it's looking so much better Cheesy
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Reply #13 - Jun 16th, 2019 at 3:48am
 
I actually finished the braiding off a while ago but took a while to get around to the whipping. It's come out looking pretty darn pretty (if I do say so myself). A far better look than the cotton string I think you'll all agree.
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Reply #14 - Jun 16th, 2019 at 5:49am
 
oh boy! I just love what you did here!
The whiping makes it so nice!
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