on a recent trip around sleepy hollow, i picked up a medicine pouch kit from homestead toys. little craft kits have always been a weakness of mine, despite the obvious poor quality. this one was no exception.
the front and back body were good enough, but everything else had to be scrapped- cheap plastic beads (not sure why there's 2 of them), plastic lanyard (historically accurate), and most unfortunately, the fringe. the prepunched holes didn't match up to the body of the pouch and were spaced in such a way that new ones couldn't be added. such a shame- and really no excuse for poor quality.
some reinforcements were necessary to make this thing work. first and foremost, a toggle (from and old coat), cotton pearl thread and tapestry needle, bracelet chain (about 35"), jump rings (1 for each weight and 1 to connect the chains), spiked weights (similar ones can be found here). pliers and scissors were the only tools needed.rounded out the equipment.
attaching the toggle:
attaching the chain:
whip stitched to the body like the trimmed bracelet from way back when.
add the weights:
braid and tie the loop:
and finally, connect the chains with the last jump ring. so much classier! a pouch pocahontas would be proud to wear.