I think a lot of archers know the situation. You're on a tournament or just a small get together with some fellow archers somewhere in the woods. Then you unpack your bow and end up with an unused bowbag you either have to carry around or leave it way back in your car.
So why not have bowbag that can turn into a quiver, which you'll need too anyway?
Last week I went to buy myself a new bow and I ended up with a beauty called Savannah (It just took me little more than 2 hours of trying different longbow models). As I regularly take part in 3D tournaments I also needed a new bag and a quiver. And why buy it if you can make it diy?
It took some time with my sketching book and I came up with this model. A convertible Quiver-Bowbag.
Basically the idea was to fold the bag in thirds to end up with a quiver I can wear with a belt at my hip. The actual quiver and a pocket for accessorise are sewed on the bag in the middle third. The top third is folded back to create a loop for the belt and the lower third is rolled up which makes the quiver more stable.
Based on the name Savannah I decided to go a bit wild with the fabric and a bit of leather never hurts.
If you want to try it yourself, here is how I did it:
What you need:
-sturdy fabric (wild prints, camouflage or whatever you've got around)
-snaps (I used KamSnaps)
-strap (from a bag or a belt)
-tough sewing machine
-glue and different sewing accessories
Step 1: Pattern
First I took the measurements of my bow (1.6m). As the fabric was just as long as the bow I added a strip of leather on both ends and folded the fabric lengthways so it is double layered and more resistable.
Then I made a pattern for the quiver and the pocket. Because of the sharp tips of my arrows I decided to use a flap of leather for the inside of the quiver. If your sewing machine (or your fingers) is tough enough for two layers of leather and fabric you can make a full sleeve to sew it on the bag. The lengh of the quiver depends on the lengh of your arrows. The pocket is for the arm brace, tap and other accessories so make it according to their size.
I used snaps (KamSnaps) to hold the quiver together when folded. If you do not know KamSnaps, they are plastic snap botton which are easy to apply, are quite strong and you can get them in dozens of colors. But you could use any kind of snap botton or even velcro.
Step 2: Cutting the Pieces
The size of the fabric was already given so I just had to cut the leather into the pieces I needed: quiver, pocket, pocket flap and two strips for top and bottom of the bag.
Step 3: Where to Put the Bottons?
To start with it I glued the leather strips to the ends of the folded fabric to get the total lengh. After that I folded the bag in thirds to mark the points where I wanted the bottons to end up.
1. one on the bottom of the middle third and one on the back of the rolled up lower third (keeps the roll in place)
2. one on bottom of the middle third on the back side and one on the top of the upper third on the back side (keeps the upper third from flapping around)
3. two about 5cm from the fold between the upper and middle third on the back of both thirds (creates the loop for the belt)
I also added a snap botton to the accessory pocket.
Step 4: Putting the Pieces Together
When the positions of the bottons were clear I started with applying all the snaps.
Next came the strap to carry the whole thing around. I just cut off the strap of an old shopping bag and used super glue to attach the ends temporary to the side of the bag. They will hold fast once you sew over it to finish the bag. The ends should be just on the ends of the middle third and makesure that you put it on the right side, otherwise the stap will end up inside the bag in the end. Trust me, I've been there ☺
To finish this step I also used glue to keep the pieces of the quiver and the pocket in place for sewing.
I prefere to use glue to keep the leather pieces on the fabric instead of needles because it's much easier to sew. The one I use is caoutchouc bassed.
Step 5: Sew Everything Together
I began with sewing the inner flap of the quiver to the side of the bag. After that I also glued the outer flapin place. Then I sewed on al the leather pieces: the quiver, the two pieces of the pocket and the leather strips on both ends of the bag. To close the bag I folded the fabric so that the strap, the pocket and the quiver were on the inside, sewed around the lower end and along the sides ...and after some fumbling around to turn it over the bag was done.
Step 6: Closing the Top
To close the top I cut little slits in the leather and pulled a fine string of leather through it.
So it's all done.
Step 7: Wear It and "shoot Straight"
With a belt throught the loop on top of the quiver you can easily wear it around your hip.
Now go outside, aim and shoot some wild foam animals, a ferocious bale of straw or a feral target face of your choice.