When I was cutting my own, I had very good luck harvesting the leather from Harbor Freight welders gloves. As time went on, I found that I could buy high quality pouches from reputable suppliers that have already done the hard work of figuring out what works well. Looking back, I wish I had spent my time shooting, instead of searching for materials, cutting and experimenting with shapes, thickness, laminations, etc. Can't get that time back and I'd be shooting a lot better now. I totally get it that some people just like to tinker and test. My advice to new shooters (My lesson learned first hand.) is to try several ready made pouches. When you find the one that you like, buy 20 - 30 of them and then shoot for a couple of years without ever having to think about them again! Just my $0.02.