Leather Leg Pouch for Tools or Whatever Fits In!




About: I like to build, scavenge material from junkyards, tear up machinery and stuff.

Good day to all of you respectable sirs and welcome to my very first instructable of my very first leather creation!

I will hereby describe the materials and the process I followed to craft this useful pouch.

Have a nice time reading this and do not be restrained from asking me questions or advicing me and everyone else!

Step 1: The Materials

Here is the list of the materials I used to achieve the successfull crafting of the leg-pouch:

- Leather
- Shoelaces
- Snap fasteners
- A strap-length adjuster thingy

I recovered the leather from a couch that had been thrown away; it has been a good day.

Step 2: The Tools

Here are the tools I used:

- Belt hole-puncher
- Scrissors
- A small screwdriver
- Clamps
- Screws (computer boards mounting screws worked best for me)
- Pencil
- Ruler or equivalent

I set the hole-puncher on the smallest head, and it luckily matched the screwdriver's tip.

Step 3: Let's Start Cutting and Punching Holes

I did not take any exact measure for what I did, so pick up the ruler and the pencil and put them in the recycle bin.

Cut a rectangle of leather and punch holes along 3 sides of it, at approximately 1cm from eachother.

Cut two smaller rectangles as long as the height of the big one. Now give them a shape like the one shown in the picture and hole the sides and the bottom. These will be two front pockets.

Cut a strip of leather, hole the short sides, as well as somewhere around the middle. It will be useful for hanging things.

For the bottom of the pouch, i wanted to create an anatomic shape, and so I did by pressing it onto my lap and adjusting the curvature to fit. Now hole all around the perimeter, be careful to make the same number of holes as the bottom of the big rectangle! They need to match to be connected.

Put one pocket on the main body, and hole one side along the already existant holes, so they match.
Now screw them together just to keep the side in place.
Give the little rectangle a bumped shape, and, using the scissors pointy tip, mark the holes. Now punch them.
Do the same for the bottom, the other pocket, and the leather strip.

Step 4: Sewing Together

I decided to put the joint of the two sides of the main body on the part that will go against the leg, to have the pockets on the front.

Make a knot on one end of the showlace and start sewing from the top of the conjunction, keeping in mind that you will end your sewing there. Keep in mind your pattern to avoid messing it up when you reach that part again.
When you reach the bottom, sew all the way around by forcing the leather to bend in position, then go up all the way along the conjunction and make a nice knot to lock it in place.

Sew the front pockets with the same method, in and out and knots to lock in place.

Step 5: Adding the Belt Straps

I had two premade stripes i found on the bottom of the couch, so I didn't need to attach the snap fasteners.

Cut out two stripes and put the snap fasteners at the height your prefer, keeping in mind that the stripes will reach 1-2 cms from the bottom.

When your stripes are done, punch holes in the in a pattern you like, now put them on the exterior of the pouch and mark the holes with the scissors.

Since I'm stupid and I have already sewn it, I can't access the marks with the hole puncher. Grab your pointy scissors and make way for the screwdriver, which will enlarge your holes.

Don't sew the straps yet.

Step 6: Make the Leg-belt

Cut a strip, long enough to cover more than half a loop around your leg. I didn't have one so I sew two together.
At one end, put the belt buckle thingy and bend the end of the strip to sew it in place. Punch 4 holes on the other end.

Make a little loop of leather that can accomodate two stripes, this will keep the flapping part of the worn belt to dangle around, and put it around the strap you just made. It is very important that you do this before sewing the straps on the main body!

Now sew the belt straps on the inside of the bag, and use the same holes to sew both the leg belt and the hangers made in the previous step.

If you want the buckle to be on the exterior of your left leg, attach the long strip on the right, and vice versa for the right leg.

Add a snap fastener to hold the pouch closed: Male on the front, female on the back.

Step 7: Personalize and Wear It!

I liked the idea of putting two stripes on top of the pockets to use the space in between them for my brand new Leatherman.
Customize it!
Now it's done. I use it to hold 3 multitool pliers, a multitool hammer and a screwdriver set. It fits really well!

Thanks for reading, sorry for not having made a perfect instructable, but I hope this helps you gentlemen build something useful!



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    32 Discussions


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I believe that the term buckle refers to the belt square-ish metal part which has the hook for holes on it. Mine doesn't have the hook, and I'm not sure if it's the same thing. Thanks :)


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Wikipedia describes what you used as a "belt slides" or "belt trims". My guess using those terms may get one blank stares.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    WOW...just awesome! I hadnt thought of leather but do gut every couch I find for the material! Too bad I can't do this though...I'm not a lefty ;0)))

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm not a lefty either, but I keep it on the left leg for easier acces by the right hand. And anyway, you just need to invert the position of the leg-belt straps, so that the metal part faces outwards if you put it on the right leg!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    oh I was just being silly...but, how does keeping it on the left make it easier for the right hand to get to it?


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Put your right hand on your right leg, and mimic pulling someting upwards; now mimic the same on the left leg. The movement to get things out of the right leg's pouch requires your wrist to bend uncomfortably, as well as having to bend your elbow and moving the arm backwards. To remove something from the left leg's pouch you just grab it without moving the wrist from its relaxed position, and you only have to bend the elbow to get it out. I feel more comfortable this way :)


    That doesn't work for those of us with big bellies. Hard to reach across to the left leg with the right hand. Belly is always getting in the way.


    Oh, I see. I dodn't think of that :) Just attach the pouch to your right leg or make a... belly pouch? Hm, I think I just got an idea for a new tool holster!


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love this instructible! It's like a mini "Lara Croft style" toolbelt! The idea of tearing up old couches for leather is great.

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    Love the Instructable, But I gotta ask: How many Leatherman do you need at one time? :)
    I see you have a Wingman/Sidekick but what other tools do you have there?

    2 replies

    When I use it I usually carry only two of those tools, because it can get uncomfortably heavy after a long time of moving around; I tested it with all the tools in and it performed very well. The tools I have are: Leatherman Wingman, which I never leave home, a lower quality multitool plier, which is useful for woodworking because it has a 20cms long ruler and a perfect saw, alongside the multitool hammer, good for nails and some cutting. The other plier is a bad chinese multitool, my first one, but it has a set of screwdriver tips the other pliers don't have, so I choose it for when I need to dismantle something. In short, I love multitools! Thanks :)


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Love this. I like that fact that its from recycled leather and that it is mostly sewn together with shoelaces... Just brilliant. Thanks.

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    I wondered where you got the leather from. I don't see anyone throwing any leather furniture out by me.

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Check Craigslist and try to get there to pick it up first. Last month I saw a leather couch and a leather ottoman for free, just pick it up and take it away, in Tucson, Arizona. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough gas, or money for it, to go get them.