Introduction: Arrow Quiver
A simple quality back quiver.
Get your materials together first. Many of these things can be substituted for different material. Have fun with it.
Tools suggested: drill
needle nose pliers
1/2" grip rivets (3mm or 1/8" dia.) (optional but a few are useful)
1/4" grip rivets (3mm or 1/8" dia.)
1/8" grip rivets (3mm or 1/8" dia.)
1/8" or 3mm steel washers
a long claw
large paint stir stick
Materials needed: 18" x 12" stiff plastic canvas
3" PVC Cap
1" webbing (6 ft)
1" plastic buckle
Fabric of your choice. 1 yard of 57+ inch wide will cover most quivers. Get extra or a contrasting color or pattern if you are covering the inside.
Batting or foam for the bottom something for the arrow heads to rest on.
Cut your canvas to length. You want it long enough for your shafts to fit as you like. General rule of thumb, fletchings exposed. Make sure to adjust for any foam you may add to the bottom. If you are adding batting or foam to the bottom for arrowheads then accommodate accordingly.
Use a piece of your trimmings to measure the overlap and mark it on both ends of the overlapping canvas.
Now using the measurements determined in the previous step overlap and rivet the plastic canvas you are using for your tube together. I space mine evenly throughout the length. You can also just do the corners and stitch it together if you wish a cleaner overlap. I have found Dacron B-50 waxed bowstring material works quite well.
Next determine the length of the strap you will need then add 2 ft. Always best to have a little extra. Feed the nylon webbing through the overlap. A pair of needle nose pliers or forceps help a lot here.
Position the nylon webbing remember to keep enough coming out of the top to be able to add some padding over the shoulder and a little extra for the buckle to attach to. Make a hole in the webbing that you can rivet it in place as shown. Rivet it top and bottom. Extra rivets can be added if you wish.
Next mark 4 equally spaced points to drill your PVC cap with a 1/8" drill bit. Then drill out the holes. Keep them about mid point on the wall of the cap.
Place one rivet through the cap, strap and canvas. Then put the remaining 3 cap rivets through just the cap and canvas at the drilled holes made in the previous step.
Measure out your material. I am using fleece. Leave enough extra to wrap around the bottom of the PVC cap and enough to wrap overt the top lip for a cleaner outward appearance.
Add a little glue to the side of the PVC just below the strap. Position your material so it snugs up to the strap and is as straight as you can manage. Then glue the area above the strap on the canvas. Set your material keeping it again as straight as you are able. It does not have to be perfect but you want it to wrap smoothly. Do not allow it to bunch up. One that is done lay your material out under the quiver and cover with liberal amounts of glue. Then tightly roll the quiver over the material, keeping the shoulder strap out of your way and smooth it out as you roll by rubbing your fingers along the sides as you roll.
Now with a straight edge mark a clean straight line tor your finish seem. Cut it and glue the overlap seem down. Keep the material as close to your straps as possible. Any extra at the top can be folded over and glued to the inside of the quiver to give a clean top edge.
Fold the extra at the bottom and trim any extra that will not lay flat against the bottom of the PVC cap.Then glue down. Cut a round piece to go over the bottom of the cap and glue it over the material you just glued down.
Make sure to seal the ends of your webbing with a lighter. Place your buckle where you would like it and rivet it on one side only. I recommend riveting it to the top strap. That allows you to use the bottom strap for adjusting the fit as necessary. I also found the use of a mariner's spike quite helpful when making a hole in the webbing to allow rivets to pass through. A nail or anything of the like should work just as well. Trim any excess webbing and again seal the end with a lighter.
Admire your work.
If you wish to wrap your shoulder strap measure enough material to wrap around the area you wish to pad. Glue it to the top shoulder strap adding glue under each layer. Trim your final seem preferably keeping it on the underside of the strap. Allow 24 hours for the glue to set before use.
Enjoy your quiver.
* This is just a quick outline on how I made a quiver for my 6 year old daughter. This is very easy to modify as you need. If you wish to make one for hunting I recommend also covering the inside with fleece. An easy step to add before you close your tube. If you need something larger than the plastic canvas you are able to find simply stitch or rivet 2, 3, or even 4 pieces together to give you the area you need. However if you do this keep the outside edges free of rivets as they will need some freedom as they will not settle perfectly straight when overlapped and rolled.
** The bottom can be lined with high density foam or Styrofoam that can be bought at any craft store and cut to size.
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