Garden Snipper Holster

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Introduction: Garden Snipper Holster

If you have a yard like mine, where there is an overgrowth of spiny blackberry vines that is ever advancing, you have to have your snippers at the ready any time you go outside for any length of time. 

Here's how you can make a holster that will keep your snippers handy and yet be otherwise out of your way.



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Step 1: Materials

empty bottle of dish soap in an appropriate shape
quick release buckle
long strap or thin scrap of fabric 
vapour mask
hot knife
spray paint that will adhere to plastic
scissors
sewing machine
iron

Step 2: Cut the Bottle to Fit Your Snippers

Wearing the vapour mask and using the hot knife, refactor the bottle shape so it will accommodate your particular shears.

Cut away the top and bottom portions, then improvise a curved 'V' shape on one side to allow easy access for your hand.

While you have the hot knife warmed up, cut two slots on either side of the widest part to allow your belt strap to pass through.


Step 3: Spraypaint the Holster

Wearing the vapour mask, spray paint the bottle outdoors.

Allow to dry completely.

Step 4: Manufacture the Strap

Fold your strip of cloth in half right sides together so that it will be an appropriate width for your buckle.

Sew it down longways.

Turn it inside out.  

Iron it

Top stitch it along both lengths




Step 5: Attach the Buckle

One side of the buckle has a permanent connection to the strap.  Thread the strap through this side and sew it on as indicated.


Step 6: Thread the Strap Through the Bottle

Now that the strap is ready, possibly the paint is dry on the bottle.

Thread the strap through the two slots you made earlier.


Step 7: Affix the Adjustable End of the Buckle

Thread the adjustable end of the buckle onto the strap as shown.  

Step 8: Resist This Impulse

Here's an example of what not to do...




Step 9: Now You Are Prepared Any Thorny Encounter

Step 10: What Didn't Work

My first design included two straps which were going to attach to the belt, but I found that the holster swung around too much and required two hands to get the snippers out.  

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    7 Discussions

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    finton
    finton

    5 years ago on Introduction

    Great idea foobear! Good Reuse too.

    I'm somewhat concerned about the sharp blade poking out the bottom, however. How about leaving the neck on the bottle without the cap. That way the blades are hidden and detritus can still drop through the bottle's mouth.

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    sparkleponytx

    Good idea! But how about saving a step (the painting) by using a plastic bottle that is manufactured in a solid color...like a shampoo bottle, etc.

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    foobear
    foobear

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Sure, yes, if the bottle looks good as is, why not. Makes sense to me

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    bgunville
    bgunville

    6 years ago

    It's cool going to make one for myself thanks

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    pmn9393
    pmn9393

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm guessing those extra holes were for putting thread through to secure the strap better. Why didn't you do that?

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    foobear
    foobear

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Since you asked, I'll add an explanation of that. You're right, my first design included two belt straps there, but I found that that made the holster swing around too much and required two hands to get the snippers out. This redesign allows one-handed access to it.