Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHello, hello Ribbon Retreat readers! So happy to be back at one of my favorite places again today. 🙂 And I get to share a fun, simple project we’ve been so happy with around here!

Any chance you live in a house where Fall doesn’t just mean pumpkins and leaves? Maybe camo and lots of time with the hubby gone is also a big part of it?? Fall is hunting season! Being surrounded by five boys, I  know that all too well!

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWhen I first married my husband and gained my two stepsons, I kinda just decided that if I couldn’t beat ’em, I’d join ’em! Even more so when I had two more little dudes of my own. One thing my husband loves is shooting archery, so I’ve taken bow hunters ed and participated in weekend archery shoots with all my boys lots of times. I have to confess, it’s one hobby that I really do enjoy! I can’t wait until my little guys are old enough that we can get involved in leagues and such.

For now, though, they have more simplistic bows and love the little toy style you can find at the Dollar Store even. I thought I might try to make some fun little quivers for holding their arrows and The Ribbon Retreat had the cutest outdoorsy type fabric for them! The ones I chose are from the Riley Blake Camp A Lot line and the Moda S’more Love line. Both of these are so, so, so cute – lots of great coordinates!

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWould your littles enjoy a cross-body quiver of their own for carrying toy arrows, or whatever they please really?! I happen to have boys, but any little girl that digs Princess Merida from Brave would surely love one of these too. They could possibly be just the right addition to a Halloween costume!

I hadn’t originally intended this to be a no-sew project, but it struck me that it easily could be! And using upcycled materials at that – woo hoo!

For each quiver you make, you’ll need:
A Pringles Chips canister
Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
One Fat Quarter main fabric from The Ribbon Retreat
One Fat Quarter coordinating fabric from The Ribbon Retreat
1 1/2″ coordinating Grosgrain ribbon from The Ribbon Retreat
(You’ll LOVE all the color choices they have – WOW! Plus, this is the best stuff ever to work with!)
metal cutting knife OR flathead screwdriver and hammer

I have lots of photos here to show you how to create your own fun quiver, but that’s just to be thorough and clear- don’t worry, this project really is super, super easy!

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogI know I have half a yard of my main fabric in the fabric photo above. I really wasn’t sure just how much I’d need when I picked up these supplies at The Ribbon Retreat. Having made these though, a simple fat quarter will be plenty. 🙂

Start by cutting your main fabric into a 10″ x 11″ piece. Then iron a half inch seam along one of the longer sides, like above. Begin gluing the hemmed end onto the bottom of your Pringles can by putting a small line of glue, pressing and then continuing all the way around.

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogSome excess fabric will remain, just leave it as is for now. Tack the seam of your fabric at some point in the middle, like below, and then continue gluing in the same way and direction around the top of your can too…

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogWith the top and bottom secured, iron over your excess fabric like above. This could potentially be done in advance of gluing, but it wasn’t a problem to do it at this stage either. Then run a line of glue along your new hem and adhere, to finish off this main fabric portion.

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat Blog

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogYou’re ready to move on to the top segment of fabric – this just makes the quiver look cuter. 🙂 Measure and cut a section of your second fabric that is 6 1/2″ x 11″. Then hem both of the long ends and only one of the short ends, like below:

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Place the top rim of your can so it sits about half way up your fabric. Begin gluing the vertical line of your raw end. I did not  glue along the bottom of this piece – I felt like that gave it a little extra volume. Can you kinda see what I mean below?

So, you’ll glue the raw piece onto the main fabric on the vertical end, then wrap the fabric around and glue the hemmed end vertically again onto itself – see above. Now you have a tube with fabric sticking off the top of your can.

Take that upper excess and tuck it down inside, pulling and adjusting and gluing in various places so it looks just how you want. You won’t be able to fit your glue gun down in there to tack it really good, so just do what you can- I added a little glue to the fabric and then tucked it, which seemed to work good.

See how it’s just a titch loose and gives the project a more homemade type feel by not being glued to the main fabric along the bottom? If that isn’t what you prefer, tack it along the bottom edge too. 🙂

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogNow we need to work on attaching our ribbon strap that will allow your child to wear their quiver cross-body. We’ll need to cut a slit along one side of the bottom of the Pringles can to slide the ribbon in and through. If I’d have been able to think of any better solution, I’d have used it… but, alas, stamping a slit with a flathead screwdriver was what I came up with and it actually worked great. And, of course, I couldn’t even find a stinkin’ hammer around… so, I’m using a rock. 😛 Ha ha!

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogThe bottom of the Pringles can really is ideal for stamping through – there’s a nice rim that makes it quick and easy to create a little slit in. I kinda held my ribbon up and eyeballed how wide my slit needed to be – just be careful you don’t make it too big, then the ribbon strap won’t be as effective as you want. I thought about 1/4 of the whole rim was about right for the 1 1/2″ inch ribbon…

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogTo get it through your new slit, fold and hold the ends in to create a point like above. I then used my screw driver to feed it in until I could reach it from the top of the can and pull.

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogOnce you’ve got it threaded out the top, measure on your kiddo to know how much ribbon to cut…

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogSinge both ends of your ribbon with a lighter to make sure it won’t fray and then overlap and glue them together.

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogFor the very last step, you’ll run a small line of glue along the under side of that ribbon seam and adhere it to the fabric just inside the top of your quiver to keep it in place and hide the seam:

All done – so easy and fast, and of course, so fun! My boys added the real arrows they use to shoot at the target in our yard, but these would be even better suited for the play kind with the sticky ends. A small toy bow would probably also tuck nicely in there 🙂 I just love how fun and cute these turned out! Both my little guys loved the fabrics I chose for them from The Ribbon Retreat!

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat BlogHopefully these can be something fun or even useful for you and your littles too! Thanks again, Michelle and all you awesome Ribbon Retreat gals, for having me here. The Ribbon Retreat supplies always make my projects much better than I even imagine! Enjoy!

Upcycled, No Sew Kids Quiver - The Ribbon Retreat Blog


Thank you Sky! You are so incredibly talented, fun, and such a great mama! I love your projects, and I love even more that the tutorials you share with us are so AWESOME for both boys and girls! Thank you, thank you Sky!!! 🙂

Do you remember the super fun and creative Collapsible Play Tents and Water Fight Shields? Both of these kid inspired projects are all Sky! Do you love those?? They are so much fun and grrrrrrrrrrreat for your kiddos. For more creative and inspiring projects by Sky, visit her at Capital B.

Like Sky mentioned above, all of her fabrics come from The Ribbon Retreat…and the fabric choices are endless and perfect for your kid…or not so kid, inspired projects. We have a wonderful selection of designer fabrics that are calling your name and inspiring your mind as it does so.

What is your favorite kid inspired project?

Happy Creating & Happy Kiddos!
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  1. Ernestine
    Posted October 3, 2013 at 10:18 am | Permalink

    Great projest! Creative idea love it.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 3, 2013 at 11:34 am | Permalink

      Hi Ernestine! Thank you, thank you! So much fun for the kiddos! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  2. Posted October 8, 2013 at 3:30 am | Permalink

    Wow, your imagination too rich

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 9, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your comment! Have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

  3. jenna
    Posted October 21, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this! I am finding it so hard to come up with boy Halloween costumes that aren’t superheroes (don’t get me wrong, I love superheroes, but that’s all that seems to be out there) anyway I found the cutest Robin Hood costume and now I need a quiver for his arrows. This is just perfect!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted October 22, 2014 at 5:12 am | Permalink

      Hi Jenna! Awesome! Your little Robin Hood is going to look amazing and so very tough with his quiver full of arrows! Good luck with your quiver and have a Happy Halloween! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment! Michelle 🙂

  4. Posted July 14, 2015 at 8:26 am | Permalink

    What a fun idea and I love no sewing projects!
    I featured on my Sew Boy features today!

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

      Hi Shantel! Wow…thank you so much for the feature! I love no sew projects too and this one is always a hit! Thank you again and have a wonderful day! Michelle 🙂

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