If you’re a camper, an outdoorsy kind of person, or simply enjoy the look of the lumberjack, this project is perfect for you or for someone you know. For this editorial, I knew something canteen was a must. I remember my dad taking me camping as a kid and us having one of those classic tin and fabric covered canteens. I wish I had kept them, but the mere mention of the classic canteen always has me reminiscing. Create this canteen carrier that can be used as anything you’d like to get that same vintage and old-time feel. Pair it with some plaid and boots, and you’ve got yourself the perfect lumberjack look.

Time Needed 
2 to 3 hours
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Skill Level 
Intermediate

Step-by-Step Tutorial Read

Materials
Canteen Carrier Template PDF
  • Project Yield 
    1 canteen carrier
  • Time Needed 
    2 to 3 hours
  • Skill Level 
    Intermediate
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    Gather your materials.
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    Download the template provided and trace the canteen shape once on each tooling leather sheet. Make sure to trace it as closely to the side as possible to leave room to cut out strips of the remaining tooling leather.
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    Measure the width of the canteen carrier that you'd like it to be. I cut out a 2.5 in. strip on both of the remaining leather pieces. Afterward, use a ruler and pen to mark how far apart you want your stitching to be and use the awl to poke through the leather. Make sure you only poke holes through 3 of the sides of the strips, as pictured above.
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    Use a craft knife to cut about a 1.5 in. slit at the top of both of the leather strips. I cut it against a ruler to keep a straight edge.
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    Paint the pieces in the dark chocolate paint. For texture, paint in various sections first, wait a few minutes, and paint the remaining sections.
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    Next, connect the two pieces of leather strips to one another with the hole-poked sides parallel to one another. Use a zig-zag stitch to connect the two.
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    Align leather strip to one of the canteen sides. Use the awl to poke holes through the canteen so that it is parallel to the leather strip. Use a zig-zag stitch once again to connect the two. I found it was easiest to poke 3 holes at a time onto the canteen piece while stitching so that the holes were as parallel as possible since it is difficult to align them around a curve. Continue until you have stitched around the entire canteen piece. Afterward, do the exact same process to attach the other canteen piece to the other side of the strips.
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    Cut the nylon strap to your desired length and feed each side through the slits on top of the leather strips. I used a simple X stitch to attach the nylon strap on both sides.
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    Take your canteen carrier out to lunch or the woods for any type of outdoor adventures!

Canteen Carrier

$31.00
Kit Yield 
1 canteen carrier
What's Included
Tooling Leather 8.5inX11in
Nylon Strapping 1inX60in
Sew Easy Solid 6-Strand Floss 8.7yd 3/Pkg
Americana Acrylic Paint 2oz
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