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TF2 Sniper leather pouch by greenzaku TF2 Sniper leather pouch by greenzaku
A small part of my team fortress RED Sniper cosplay that I had an absolute ball with.

The pouch is a small detail worn on the right hip. After scrutinising source images carefully, its apparent that its not hanging from the shoulder, nor does it go completely around the waist or thigh. To sit the way it does, it needs to dangle from the belt.

I made mine using these dimensions (in inches), which should be of adequate size for most snipers. A rotating leather punch is tedious, but not as tedious as shoving a needle through leather with brute force so many times. That said, I've probably been a bit masochistic here by using leather when a dense, rigid cloth might work just as well. The resulting pouch is perfectly useable outside of cosplay though, and makes a handy place to store my handphone, digital camera and wallet during. So I didn't mind going all anal and making it well.

The brown belt that got turned into the strap is sewn onto the back of the puch just under the level of the opening, and is itself modified as at top right. Ideally, I found it a good estimate to let it hang just about level with my crotch.
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ChloeTheFox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is fantastic! Where did you get the leather for this? How much leather did you use? 
greenzaku Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Hmm...its a bit hard to say actually. I went to a shop that made and sold custom saddles for horses. They also sell leather either as whole hides, straps of various thicknesses etc, and had a scrap bin for off-cuts. I bought off-cuts that were a whole variety of different shapes, thicknesses and colours and used them over time for various projects. As only small sections are needed for most crafts, this is cheaper than buying single, large continuous pieces by the square metre or yard.
ChloeTheFox Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I will look into saddle shops around here and see if they can help me out!
XinMakima Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
You did an amazing job on this. I was thinking of making this, I was wondering if you had any instructions on how to make this. If not I think I can figure how to make it from what you provided with the dimensions, I'm just wondering what you used the leather punch for on this.
greenzaku Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
I pre-punched the holes before sewing to make it easier, though you may be able to obtain softer leather or thicker needles meant for tough fabric and just sew straight through. :)
XinMakima Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
Ok, thank you for the info :) I just have one more question, what thread did you use to sew the leather?
greenzaku Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2012
Just regular, boring sewing thread, but four strands at once. This was a long time ago and I've since adapted the pouch for use in actual everyday field work and I take it hunting with me. After a year of abuse, the threads started to give out so I took them to a leatherworker who went over my stitching with tougher material.

But for cosplay and just city use, sewing thread should hold up.
elronman Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2011
No dad its not a purse, Its a satchel. Whats the difference be? Ones for lipstick the other's for loot.
NightStalker3IOC Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2011  Student Artisan Crafter
LittleKumaChan Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much this is going to help me out a lot. :hug:
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