Sketchbook Shoulder Holster

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Introduction: Sketchbook Shoulder Holster

About: Hi! My name is Hans, I live in Scandinavia where I build whatever pops up in my head, out on to my sketchbook and finally into my hands. My projects here are my favorites and I hope some might inspire you. Rem…

One of my absolute favorite tv shows is Peaky Blinders and Tommy Shelby is my man. The story is based in Birmingham post WW1, and we follow the gang, Peaky Blinders. I’ll cut it short, if you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading and do so! (Netflix)

All characters in this drama wear shoulder holsters for their guns. I wanted to do the same, but without the iron. So I’ve manned up and made my first leather project, a shoulder holster for my sketchbook and pen/pencil. And I feel like a gangster all right:-)

This project is also a testament to how important I believe sketching is, Sketch or Die!

Supplies

A thick piece of leather

Small buckle

Thread

Brass button stud

Metal clip suspenders

Studs

Glue

Elastic band (2 widths preferably)

Tools

Hole Punch Hand Pliers

Leather needle

Punch stitching holes (5 - 2 holes)

Metal ruler

Utility blade

Hammer

Some soft underlay for hammering

Step 1: Reference Material!

The reference material was limited, but I was not after a replica build. Inspired by… is my take on this build.

Step 2: Peaky Sketchers

A short flick to show who rules the streets of Norway…

Disclaimer, no actors were involved!

Step 3: Templates

I made my favorite sketchbook the preferred size for the templates. Since I didn't find much imagery from the series online I just had to fooking start drawing up the parts myself:-)

In front, I wanted a pen/pencil holder on the left side for right-handed pull and on the right my sketchbook. Friction would hold the pencil but for the sketchbook, I added a closing mechanism.

For the back, I made one side first then flipped it for symmetry.

It is always daunting to make that first cut but I'm a Peaky Sketcher now so It had to be done.

Step 4: Shaping the Pockets

I wanted both the sketchbook and the pen/pencil to fit snuggly in their holsters. I made a wooden template, the size of the sketchbook, and made a quick jig for molding the pocket. I left the leather in lukewarm water until it was fully soaked before I fixed the molds. Some heavy weights held everything in place overnight. I used the pen/pencil in the mold for a tight fit but pulled them out before I left it to dry.

Step 5: 24 Hours Later…

When I left the molds overnight I was pretty anxious to see the result the next day. Oh, what joy to see they came out as I hoped. Now I could clean cut the excess material and fitted the two pieces to their base. After final adjustments, I could glue them both and prepare for the stitching.

And I made sure I had a second opinion, I got the bark ahead!

Step 6: Stitch Bonanza

I was not prepared for how long time this would take, but once I got into it I was in the zone. The hole punching tool was a time saver and a necessity for getting the needle through leather. Also it made it so much easier to get straight lines. I used a piece of wood for hammering the hole puncher so it wouldn't get blunt.

Being the first time stitching leather I wanted to experiment on different stitching patterns, pretty simple embroidery, but I found it visually more interesting this way.

Yeah, having my baker boy hat on was essential to get in character:-)

Step 7: Testing Testing…

A great deal of eyeballing was done. I had the possibility to adust later with the elastic bands, but I continually checked to see if the right placement made sense (used duct tape for testing in place). It was really useful to glue every piece before stitching, a little messy at times though.

A brass button stud was used to hold the sketchbook in place. It was threaded and easy to fasten.

I found some metal clips for suspenders where I cut leather strips to fit their size.

In the back, I put a small buckle I had leftover and made a small belt type closure with hammered studs for the flap to tuck into nicely.

Step 8: Paper Vs IPhone

Spoiler!

the Sketchbook rules:

  • No battery needed
  • No lock code
  • Easy access
  • Works in heavy rain
  • Smells like paper = nice
  • Pencil, pen or marker, you choose…
  • Needlepoint precision

Hey! I'll take you on anytime for a duel!!!

Step 9: Sketch or Die!

I don't wear this nearly enough, but when I do… it's by order of the Peaky Sketchers!

The Peaky Blinders didn't just wear their shoulder holsters for protection, I know now, from first-hand experience… posture is key! I kid you not, putting this sketchbook shoulder holster on gets me all giggly and badass:-)

Thanks for scrolling through this instructable, I hope you find it inspiring and maybe the start of your first adventure into leatherworking.

You can follow this and a whole bunch of other projects over at instagram.com/smogdog

Step 10: ​And One More Thing…

I added a pencil sharpener for reloading the "gun" :-D

Clicks on with a metal snap fastener, epoxy glued to the sharpener.

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    24 Comments

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    Uncle Kudzu
    Uncle Kudzu

    1 year ago

    Nice! A very cool project well-executed.

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    maxman
    maxman

    1 year ago

    Aren't you afraid someone might think you are carrying a heater? Seems like that could lead to problems...

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    Uncle Kudzu
    Uncle Kudzu

    Reply 1 year ago

    You are right to ask! When I wear my old leather fanny pack slung across my chest diagonally, people do, indeed, often respond to it as though it were a gun holster.

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    I wouldn't bring this to the US for sure! Waiting for the ban on concealed sketchbooks being lifted:-)

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    apu2010
    apu2010

    1 year ago on Step 10

    i had made a cellphone holster for phones and a power bank

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    Yeah, that would be possible, an add on to this design is welcome:-)

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    attosa
    attosa

    1 year ago

    Haha! Love it. Thanks for the smile.

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    You're welcome! Your comment made me smile:-D

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    nearly_trainable
    nearly_trainable

    1 year ago

    You get extra points for doing the whole instructable without once using "quick draw."

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    I had a whole list! Fourtunaly my family vetted the text before publishing:-D

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    nearly_trainable
    nearly_trainable

    Reply 1 year ago

    Ahhhh, perhaps it's for the best.

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you! Had fantastic fun making this and as you probably see, wearing it too:-D

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    srilyk
    srilyk

    1 year ago

    This is glorious in every way. Good job!

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    A glorious thank you to you too for stopping by my instructable:-)
    Have a great weekend!

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    antorcharoja
    antorcharoja

    1 year ago

    The best ever! I didn't know I needed one. Until you made it.
    I want it now!!!
    I'll put the (1) phone, (2) notebook, (3) pen, (4) pencil. The best from both worlds.

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! I'd love to see the addon for a smartphone:-)

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    HollyMann
    HollyMann

    1 year ago

    Looks amazing. Makes me want to make a holster. Not one this fancy but I love what you made. :)

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    smogdog
    smogdog

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you Holly! I'd love to see you make your own, we'll have a duel when you're ready:-D

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    HollyMann
    HollyMann

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks! I might make one!!!