Just a quick follow-up from yesterday’s post…
The sporran is complete and ready to go so, of course, I had to model it to show the size and wearability.
Here is the Maker in his workshop sporting the new bag. I didn’t bother to “kilt up” but that is the belt I frequently wear when kilted. Overall, this design is great and I’ll probably start making a few more right away. I like this one better than my own day sporran so I guess I’ll need to make one for myself as well. I should note that a truly traditional sporran would be ornamented with leather or hair tassels. I pondered this addition, but it isn’t really my style. Maybe on the next one.
I have been wanting to make a few sporrans based on the classic 18th century style. This type, often referred to as a Rob Roy style, is a fairly simple, single pocket design that can have a number of variations. The one I’m making here is from 6 oz full-grain hide and should outlive it’s owner, even under hard use. A versatile belt pouch like this was originally intended to be worn with kilt or trousers as built-in tailored pockets are a rarity in history.
At 6.5 inches wide by 6 inches tall it can hold a fairly complete fire and survival kit in a handy position on almost any belt.
As with most of my leatherwork, this bag is hand sewn using a double-needle saddle stitch for strength and longevity.
The dye is wet in these photos, looking a bit uneven, so I’ll try to shoot a few more in better light when the weather improves.
The bellows design I chose stays flat but will expand to fit more gear as needed. Look for a follow-up soon. It is listed on my Etsy page so it will, hopefully, be finding a new owner in the near future.