How To Make A Knife Sheath - In 7 Easy Steps

July 5, 2022
by Christine Devereaux

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If you carry or use a knife for whatever reason, a knife sheath is one of the most practical and convenient accessories you can own. 

A knife sheath will allow you to carry a knife safely and securely and provide useful storage space for your blade. 

Best of all, you can actually make your very own knife sheath yourself at home!

We'll teach you how to make a knife sheath in today's guide.  

Making A Knife Sheath

How To Make A Knife Sheath

1. Get Your Tools Ready 

You're probably eager to start making your knife sheath, but before you do, ensure you have everything you need to complete the project to a high standard. 

To make a knife sheath, you will need: 

2. Create The Pattern 

Once you have all the tools you need laid out in front of you; the first step is to create a pattern out of cardboard.

This will give you a shape to trace onto the leather, ensuring that you don't waste any leather cutting out a shape that doesn't work. 

The best way to do this is to take the knife for which you are making the sheath and draw around it.

Trace the shape of the blade as well as the part of the handle that you want the sheath to cover.

You should end up with an asymmetrical pattern because of the extension on one side that will eventually be folded to create the belt loop. 

3. Trace And Cut Out The Pattern

Transfer your cardboard pattern onto the leather that you will be using to make your sheath.

Draw around the pattern carefully using your pencil (on the back of the leather sheet) and cut it out using your rotary cutting tool. 

Make sure not to cut into the corners of the pattern between the sheath and the belt loop at this point.

You will need to do this carefully using a precision knife after cutting out the rest of the sheath. 

4. Shape The Leather 

At this point, you should have the fully cut-out leather pattern for your sheath, which you now need to put together.

Before you can do that, though, you'll need to shape (or form) the leather. 

First, take your knife and wrap it in the saran wrap. It needs to be wrapped tightly.

Then, take your pan of hot water and place the part of the leather that will make the sheath into the water.

You should notice the leather bubble slightly, and the color will probably also change.

Leave the water to soak into the leather for a few minutes. 

Take the leather out of the water after a few minutes and pat it dry with the dish towel.

Next, put the knife wrapped in saran wrap onto the leather and fold the leather so that it covers the blade and part of the handle.

Once the sheath looks like you have envisioned, clamp the leather in place around the edge of the blade and handle using the spring clips.

After a few hours, the leather should be dry, and you can remove the clips. 

5. Trim The Edges 

Now is the time to remove your rotary cutter and trim the excess leather around the edges of the partially-made sheath, where the clips originally were.

Remember to leave enough room to stitch the seams, but get rid of any rough edges and areas of leather that are sticking out excessively. 

6. Attach A Belt Loop 

The best time to stitch the belt loop on your knife sheath is before you sew the rest of the sheath because you have more room and better visibility to work with. 

Take the flap of leather you left for the belt loop and fold it over to form a loop.

If the leather strip is longer than you would like, you can trim it down to size before stitching it in place. 

Use your fid to make four small holes along the top of the sheath and the edge of the loop strip.

These holes should line up if you use the indentations left from puncturing the top layer of leather to guide your placement for the bottom layer.

Next, take your sewing needle and waxed thread and use the holes as guides to make 3 stitches, securing the belt loop in place. 

7. Finish The Seam 

The final step in the process of making a knife sheath is completing the project by stitching the seams of the sheath itself. 

It might be tempting to rush this part of the sheath because you're almost finished, but it's important to take your time so that your sheath stays intact for as long as possible. 

Use a sharp tool to make a groove along the edge of the sheath, where you will be putting the stitches.

Then, following along the groove, make about six holes per inch of leather using your fid.

When you put holes in the top layer of leather, they should leave marks on the lower layer that you can then follow to put holes in the same place, ensuring your stitches line up. 

Once you have done this, you can start slowly and carefully stitching the edges of the sheath together to make a seam.

Once you get to the end, start sewing in the opposite direction to ensure your stitches don't unravel.


Making a sheath for a knife at home is easy if you follow all of our steps carefully. 

Remember not to rush, especially when handling sharp tools, needles, or hot water.

This process can take time, but it's not too complicated, and if you take care, the finished result will look professional and last you for several years to come!

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About the Author
Christine Devereaux is a style and gear junkie. She loves the outdoors and picking out clothing and home goods for her husband, son and dog.
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