Creating the perfect leather holsters calls for experience and craftsmanship. Besides prioritizing the functional value of these accessories, you would be looking for aesthetics too. While most people prefer purchasing elegant holsters from the branded manufacturers, you can still opt for the DIY method.
At Black Hills Leather, we specialize in creating concealed-carry leather holsters for our clients. Along with the quality of materials, we are known for our fair pricing and a large array of designs. Let’s explore some tips, that will help you come up with a quality leather holster.
Tools to make a concealed-carry leather holster
- Thin upholstery leather
- Leathercraft cement
- Cutting Board
- Cutting tool
- Leather punches
- Cutting surface
- Waxed tread
- Sewing needles
- Rotary Punch
Steps to make the concealed-carry leather holster
Tracing your pistol
- Attach two pieces of paper using a tape together along the pistol’s edge.
- Next, locate the center line of these paper pieces and place the object on the same.
- Now, rock the pistol to the side, depending on your dominant hand.
- On one side of the paper, outline the pistol.
- Take a note of the trigger guard, and other necessary features.
- Now, take an inch space all around the traced line in slow curves.
- On the other paper, fold over the trace which is half black before cutting it out.
- To test the size of the leather holster, you may try using a paper template at the outset.
Cutting out the holster’s leather
- Use a pencil or a pen to trace the shape of the black paper on the piece of leather.
- Safely store the paper template in case you want to design another concealed-carry leather holster.
- Now, you need to cut the shape out on the lather, following the lines. Include a bit more material if needed, rather than falling short of it later on.
- Have a look at the sizing, and use the clips to manage the tightness of the grip.
Cut the belt loop and the retainer
- Now, you need to cut out leather into two rectangular pieces. One of these should be thin and long enough, so that it can fit over the gun’s grip.
- Prepare the leather before you start stitching. This indicates that the belt look and holster are to be prepared with the leather punches. This would give you the stitching pattern.
- Apply glue to the prepared leather before stitching and let it dry under the pressure of a clamp.
Adding stitch lines, stitch, and finish
- At this stage, you need to get the leather secured in the right orientation using the clamps. When you have added glue, take off the clamps one at a time.
- When the leather is completely dry, punch the holes using the hammer along the marks.
- Once you have trimmed the excess leather having stitched it, attach a snap button to give it a fancy loop.
Although this DIY process for making a concealed-carry leather holster looks easy, you need to be precise with the measurements and cuttings. This is why most people purchase branded leather holsters from us. Reach out to Black Hills Leather at +1 (956) 744-3219 for personalized leather holsters. You may also fill up this online form for us to reach out.