I wanted to add something military to my mantique cabinet! so I came to the idea a WW1 officers pistol holster ...so here it is.
Firstly i pulled some images from google to get an idea of the size and shape
Step 1: Template and Cutting
Then i made a couple of simple templates for the leather, the type of leather i used is called shaved shoulder its pretty inexpensive to buy ...so i drew round my templates and cut them out using a scalpel.
Step 2: Wetting
i then soaked all of the leather pieces in dirty water ...this softens it but it also brings out all the flaws and marks in the leather exactly what i wanted seen as i wanted it to look weathered and worn.
i then clamped the leather where it would be stitched to get the vague shape of the holster.
Then i stitched the retaining strap on first.
Step 3: STITCHING
So the retaining strap is stitched now for the rest ....
firstly for the belt loop i skived the top part to make it easier to stitch once the metal loop is in place..
Then I just continued to stitch all the rear parts.
Step 4: Final Stitch..
I then made some guide holes along the side and stitched the full length of the holster.
Step 5: Ageing
Once everything was all stitched i soaked the leather again twisting it and whacking it off my vice...
then i left it to dry overnight put a bit of dark brown boot polish on using wet and dry.
Step 6: Finished Product
Sadly the pictures don't do it justice ...it literally does look like its just been dug up from the trenches.
Now just the belt strap and cartridge pouch to go with it ....