Magazine Holster




Introduction: Magazine Holster

I was talking to my brother a few weeks back and he said that he would like to have a holster to hold two magazines for his handgun, It sounded like a good idea to me so I told him that when I had some free time I would see what I could come up with.This is it.

You will need the following:
paper to draw your pattern onto

pen or pencil


leather that you want to make the holster from

contact cement

overstitch tool to mark the stitch holes

sewing awl or needle and thread

edging tool

and of course two magazines of your choice or you could make the holster to fit one magazine if you desired to do so

dye if you choose to dye the holster and sealer

Step 1: Getting Started

the first thing that I did was lay a scrap piece of 1 1/2" belt on the paper then the magazines on top of the belt in the position that I wanted them to sit. I placed them at an angle with the thought that it would be more comfortable when sitting.

I then used my pencil to trace around the magazines and belt.

Measure the magazine thickness at its widest point, (mine is 5/8")divide that by half,( I went with 3/16).

Using this measurement, on the drawing, measure from the sides of the magazines and draw lines. These lines are the stitch lines.

Next measure 3/16" from the lowest point of the magazine and draw the bottom stitch line.

Now measure 1/2" out from the outer stitch lines on the drawing of the belt. Mark this for the 1 1/2" belt slots.

Measure 1/2 inch out from the belt slots and you have the outer edges.

I rounded the corners where the outer lines intersected.

Step 2:

Cut out the pattern that you just made and trace it onto the back of the leather. Make two, front and back, then cut out the leather pieces.

Using contact cement, glue the leather pieces together along the sides and bottom edge, at the belt slot areas and in the middle where the stitch lines are.

Clamp the pieces together and allow to dry.

Step 3:

Use your pattern to mark the leather where the stitch lines will be then using the overstitch tool, mark the stitch line.

Now you can use a awl and punch out the hles you need to sew it up, I use a small drill bit (smaller than the needle in my sewing awl) and drill all the holes.

Now just sew it together.

After I sewed the pieces together, I used a 1 1/2" slot punch and knocked out the belt slots then put some stitches around the slot to make them stronger

Step 4:

Wrap the magazines in plastic cling wrap to protect them from water.

dip the leather into a bowl of water for 7-8 seconds, just enough to make the leather pliable.

Fit the magazines into the holster.

Allow to dry

Now the holster is ready to dye or leave natural if you prefer and sealIadd

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    6 years ago

    Looks like a really nice result buddy, top work

    Ive not been around firearms for a while now, prob a good thing lol but even with the leather shrinking to fit the mags how well did they sit in the holster? is there not a chance they would come out with excessive movement or be tricky to fit in when switching due to the tight fit?

    I only ask as my old holster was deeper and only slightly wider for my ammo clips and ive seen a few guys lose mags with short holsters when running, doing fast movements and even crouching

    Maybe another buttoned strap over the top to hold them in would help if this happens plus add to the look of it


    Reply 6 years ago

    Thank you very much,this is my first one, I plan on making the stitch line about where the bottom is now and adding about 1/4 inch to the overall height on the next one. The magazines fit in pretty tight right now, I know they will loosen up some as the holster breaks in more. I had thought about having flaps to fold over the top and snap down like a knife sheath but wanted to try this idea first.


    Reply 6 years ago

    nice, will as this is first attempt got to say looks great, deffo will be interested in seeing how your progess and inprove your techneque and designs


    Reply 6 years ago

    Thank you, I hope to try a new one in a couple of weeks


    6 years ago

    Looks like a nice project. I would suggest making the area where the magazines sit deeper. This would keep them from coming out during movement and also keep any dirt out of them, which should help avoid problems with them working properly when inserted into your weapon.


    Reply 6 years ago

    Thank you, I do plan on making the next one a little deeper, I am a little concerned about going too deep and making it hard to remove the magazine.