It was discovered by the Tomb Raider costuming society that Lara's utility pouch was based on a much larger canvas pouch by Rothco, so I
would have to create my own utility pouch in the right scale anyway by basing it on the same pattern. Instead of searching for ages to find a
perfectly colored canvas for the pouch, I decided to only look for one with the same texture that I could dye to the right color with a permanent
The creation of the utility pouch
Since the remaining place-mat fabric was not long enough to make the
edge strip, it was made from another fabric that had the same texture.
The fabric strip was sewn around the outward facing edges and the lid
of the pouch, with the fabric splits towards the bottom to make them
The snap button was airbrushed to the same color as the pouch, then
the rest of the pouch was further airbrushed with black paint to make
it look old and weathered in all the right places.
With another pouch completed, it was nice to see all the gear starting to come together on the holster belt, even if the block of foam inside this
utility pouch is not really that useful during a battle, but I'm sure Lara would find a way to end someone with that as well.
The lid was sewn onto the body of the pouch with outward facing
edges that would later be covered by a long strip of fabric.
Two belt loops were also sewn onto the back of the pouch, but I
forgot to photograph them, so you'll just have to believe me.
The lid of the pouch was made as one piece with the back like on the
original pouch, and the gray marker was useful once again for drawing
up this piece.
A snap button was added to the front pocket before it was sewn onto
the pouch body with the same reinforced corner seam pattern as the
After turning the pouch body right-side out to hide the seams, the
front corners were sewn together a small distance from the edge to
match with the look of the original pouch.
I started dying the pouch after assembly instead of dying all the fabric
first since this would greatly reduce the amount of dye needed.
The various parts were made from two layers of fabric to give the
pouch the appropriate weight and feel, which were easy enough to cut
out since the place-mat was already made of two layers of fabric.
The parts were also sewn together along the lines I had drawn earlier,
since that's what they were there for.
I bought a canvas place-mat that had just enough fabric to turn into
Lara's utility pouch, and its texture looked just the same as the
original pouch too, as probably most canvas fabrics do anyway.
A dark gray permanent marker was bought to dye the canvas to the
right color, and another convenient use for the marker was to draw up
all the lines for the edges and seams that would of course disappear
when further dying the fabric.
The Tomb Raider costuming society for identifying Lara's utility pouch.
Rothco for making the original canvas pouch.
Home for making the canvas place-mat.
3 days - between 9 March 2016 and 12 March 2016.
Canvas place-mat - 24,90 NOK.
Cool gray marker - 13,90 NOK.
Total - 38,80 NOK / $5,01 USD.
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