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A slightly LOTR (Lord of the rings) Pouch for Festivals!
Going to a Renaissance Festival? Or do you just want to carry your stuff in style? Try making one of these. Its not really easy, but not hard either.

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  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 1
    Step 1

    I used autumn colors in Red, Gold and Bronze, but you can use greens. I recommend metallics for a bit of glamour.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Draw out your leaf pattern on your leather in ink pen. It can be simple like this one or Maple Leaf or Ridged.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut out your leaf pattern, leave a stem piece at the base.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 4
    Step 4

    Roughly cut out, you can trim it up later. Leaves are never perfect, so this does not have to be.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use a hot glue gun to make the veins of the leaf. You might want to go along the base of the leaf to keep it's form, like I did here. Be sure to Go along the stem too.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 6
    Step 6

    The finished veining and reinforcing. Ready to paint.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 7
    Step 7

    I used the stamp brush in three different colors to make a more natural look to the leaves. You might want to use a detail brush to accentuate the veins and stem. Always put the darkest color first as a base coat, then mottle on the lighter colors.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 8
    Step 8

    I used the stamp brush because it had a little more gold paint in it. You could use a regular wide brush. With textured leather it brings out the pattern in detail. Make sure it is an even thin coat. You don't want to clutter up the look so do your pouch in a light single color.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 9
    Step 9

    I painted the back of the pouch as well after cutting it out and sewing it up. Its not shown here, but I used knit fabric to line and reinforce the pouch. That is optional. I attached a belt loop to the back as well. You have to make sure the edges and top and bottom are folded in and anchored before you sew it on.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 10
    Step 10

    You can make as many leaves as you want. I made three and anchored them to the flap of the pouch with hot glue. The leaves are heavy enough that it will stay closed without a clasp.

  • How to make a pouch, purse or wallet. The Elvish Belt Pouch - Step 11
    Step 11

    Let it dry and wear it proudly.

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