How to Make a Pocket Knife Pouch

How to Make a Pocket Knife Pouch
Pocket knives are common, whether you have to use the corkscrew or the actual knife. They can be used for hunting, work, and safety. It is important to have a pouch to protect the knife, as well as you. You can use several types of material to create a pouch, but leather is one of the best, since it is durable. Consider decorating the leather with your own designs or initials, since the material can be easily embedded and carved into.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pocket knife
  • Needle and strong thread, preferably dark
  • Leather, or other desired material
  • Leather glue
  • Scissors
  • Velcro or button snaps
  • Writing utensil
  • Detailing knives or gouges
Step 1
Lay out the material for the pocket knife pouch. Set the knife in the middle of the material. You should be able to lay the knife on it, and still have several inches of material around all the edges. Trace around the edges of the knife with a dark writing utensil such as a ballpoint pen. Roll the pocket knife onto its flat side, and trace around the edges again. This creates each side of the pouch.
Step 2
Use the sharp scissors or X-acto knife to cut the outline out. Do not cut each side out separately, but connected, so it resembles a large "M". Cut it out about 1/4 inch around the outline you drew, creating extra room for sewing or gluing. From the extra material, cut out a 2-inch strip for the closure to attach later.
Step 3
Fold the material in half when you are done, so each side you traced originally is folded on top of each other. It should create the pouch now. Use the knife or scissors to gouge tiny ridges in the fold area so it will close easier and more naturally.
Step 4
Keep the leather folded into a pouch. Use the glue, or else sew, the narrow strip you cut out before on one side of the pouch (the side or the top, whichever you prefer). This creates the enclosure. Sewing the pouch will give it a more professional appearance. Use strong thread and short stitch work for this process.
Step 5
On the opposite side of where you attached the enclosure strip, secure a small button attachment or Velcro so the enclosure will shut.
Step 6
Let the pouch sit for about five minutes if you used glue for it to secure. Use the scissors or knife to trim any excess threads, leather pieces, or glue from the pouch. From here, you can decorate or design the pouch as you desire. Dunk it in warm water to make the gouging or carving easier for you. Upon completion, slide the pocket knife into the pouch to make sure it securely fits and will not fall out.

Tips & Warnings

Be cautious when working with sharp materials or strong hold glue. You may want to wear protective gloves.

Article Written By Lauren Wise

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.

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