Introduction: How to Secure Leatherman Style Pouch When the Velcro Is Wornout
If you have a multitool that you keep in a Velcro sheath, you have probably had that Velcro wear out, especially if you use your multitool regularly. I decided to mod my Leatherman Wave pouch after the tool fell out while I was jogging to class last week.
The pouch in the Instructible is a modification I did for a friend after he saw the mod I made to my Leatherman pouch.
Basically all I did was add a clip closure that I could cinch down to keep the tool secure. I tried to take lots of pictures, but I as every component was black, it might be hard to get the details down.
-Thread (I used the high strength outdoors gear repair thread I bought from Walmart a few years ago, but upholstery thread should work just as well, though it probably isn't UV resistant.
-Needle (I don't know anything about needle specs, if it fits the thread and is pointy, it'll probably work)
- 3/4 inch Webbing (I bought a dog collar making kit from amazon the webbing is rated at 3000 pounds tensile strength)
- 3/4 inch Clips (the clips came with the kit above)
-Scissors (I had some trauma shears handy)
- Fire (I used a lighter, it is to fuse the ends of the webbing)
Step 1: Sewing the Female Clip On
The first thing is to lay out the webbing for the female connector on the flap of the pouch. the female connector is not adjustable, so you want it to fit fairly snug. I have my connector hanging down from flap, my thought is that there will be a little more room for fingers to press the buckle
I did this very scientifically by looking at it and thinking "that's about right." Feel free to do the same thing.
If you do not know how to sew, I honestly have no idea how to teach you via these pictures. Besides, I'm not that great at sewing. But my mom taught me some basic skills about 20 years ago, and that's almost all I know how to do. Through one side, then over and back through. so the stitches should look some what like this - - - however, there are several rows.
If you had a sewing machine you could set it up to make a nice double or triple stitch up/down, side to side, and diagonally. or you could just do a single hand stitch the same way. The later is what I did as my sewing machine is about 600 miles away.
It is best to make this as tight as possible, but don't pull too hard and snap your thread, or cut your self.
The last part is to tie off the thread I decided to hide the tie off between the layers of webbing, so I ran the needle through leaving a loop on one side, then ran the needle back the other way, run a couple of wraps around the loop, and pull everything tight as you can. The knot is basically a double overhand.
Step 2: The Male Connector and Completion
The first thing I did was thread the webbing through the male connector and clip it into the finished female connector. You don't have to do that, but I wanted the folded tab to stick out, speaking of the folded tab; a short piece of webbing is folded over and sewn tight to itself. The tab keeps the webbing from pulling through, and it creates a handy pull tab to cinch the pouch tight.
After the tab is sewn, layout how long you need the webbing to be, I was attaching to the bottom seam of the pouch, so I made sure I had enough length of webbing to wrap over the seam. Even with fused webbing, you do not want to sew near the ends, it's best to catch the body of the webbing so there is no chance of tear out when there is force applied.
I basically just put a dozen or so stitches into the area making sure to catch as many of the webbing weaves as I could. there wasn't enough space for a fancy pattern. I tied off the thread under the webbing again (see a pattern? hide your tracks!).
Guess what! that's it! put the pouch back on your belt, fumble with the clip a few times as you get used to the new latch, and be content knowing that you have a super secure multitool!
This is my first Instructable, I've been putting off doing one for years, but this was a simple project that I felt many of y'all could benefit from, I might have spent twenty minutes in construction. If you have some ideas for improvements, I'd love to hear them.