I had the idea a day or two ago to sew some holsters out of fabric since I had a sewing machine, a bunch of sexy camo fabric and two L'nLs in desperate need of holsters. This was what I came up with.
Materials: Light fabric, thread, a sewing machine, a clip (the kind with the three prongs that fit into another clip and lock into place, you'll recognize them), about a foot of heavy ribbon (no plasticy stuff), scissors, possibly a seam ripper and obviously a gun or something similar to make the holster for.
First, take the gun you're making a holster for and lay it on TWO layers of fabric folded over each other. Cut out the gun's outline, leaving about an inch of space around it to allow for the seam so you're sure it's big enough. Then trim it a little bit to make it the perfect shape.
Now, before doing anything else, cut off two pieces of the ribbon that are a tiny bit longer than the width of a belt you'd typically wear. Sew these onto ONE side of the fabric, only ONE layer, one near the top and one near the bottom. If you sew these on with the other layer of fabric underneath the layer you're sewing these onto, the holster will be sewed shut. Whether the ribbon is on the left or right side of the soon-to-be holster is up to you; I put mine on the left so I can wear the gun on my right hip.
Next take the two layers of the fabric and sew them together, but STOP at the "heel" of the holster, where the handle of the gun will come out of the back. This is so you can put the gun in and take it back out. The second picture shows you where to stop.
Then take your clip that you cut off that unused backpack, get rid of whatever strap is on it and thread your ribbon through the two parts of the clip and sew it together so that the fabric holds tight around the pieces of the clip and leave AT LEAST 4 inches of ribbon hanging off of it on each part of the clip, like this:
After the clip is done, fold back the bottom layer of your fabric of the holster and sew the ribbon on one of the sides of the clip to a side of the holster, and then repeat the process on the other side. This is a bad picture but I think you can figure it out:
Now you should be able to take your gun and put it in and take it out of the holster and clip it in so it doesn't fall out while you're running. The loops allow you to put your belt through the top one and a piece of ribbon or something similar through the bottom one to secure it to both your hip and leg so it doesn't flop around when you run.
Hope you enjoy it!
EDIT: Some minor mistakes fixed.
Edited by NerfMonkey, 15 May 2006 - 09:55 PM.