DIY:  How to Make Moccasins

Learn how to make your own moccasins with this step-by-step instructional guide.

September 16, 2013

Edited By Abigail R. Gehring

Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills, the kind employed by our forefathers, and adapt them for a better life in the 21st century need look no further than the eminently useful, full-color guide, Back to Basics (Skyhorse Publishing, 2008). The following DIY guide on how to make moccasins is excerpted from Part 5, “Skills and Crafts for House and Homestead.”

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Back to Basics.

 Back to Basics Book Cover  How to Make Moccasins

Cowhide for Feet

Moccasins, in one form or another, were used as footwear by North American Indians from Mexico to beyond the Arctic Circle. Although styles varied from tribe to tribe and region to region, almost all moccasins shared certain characteristics: the upper parts were made of tanned