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Old 05-12-2012, 13:49   #1
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DIY PPK SOB Holster

This is my first ever attempt at holster making- actually, to leather crafting of any sort.

I designed the holster myself, and figured out how to put it together via YouTube videos and chatting with the lady at the Tandy Leather store...

My next holsters will be a little more polished looking- I learned a lot of things NOT to do, or to do differently in making this one.

That said, this is perfectly functional, fits EXACTLY the way I wanted it to, has incredible retention... and is red! I'm going to make a red gun belt to go with it next.

As I type the finish coat is drying on the holser, so the pix you see aren't 100% finished, but you get the idea...

I started with a paper pattern, then made a cardboard prototype to ensure it would fit:
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Cut the pattern pieces out of the leather and glued 'em together (learning that I should be careful about scoring the leather under the belt slot! Doesn't affect the function at all, it's just ugly!)
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Drilled my holes for stitching:
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And stitched it together:
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Did a little bit of wet molding, drilled more holes and did more stitching:
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Did more wet molding:
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Old 05-12-2012, 13:49   #2
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Cut out the belt loop, and added a couple extra stitches to ensure everything was tight (turns out I didn't need to, but I'd rather have 'em and not need 'em, than need 'em and not have 'em...)
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Dyed it red:
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Checked it for retention yet again:
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And tried it on!
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It was hard to photograph my back by myself, so my 4 year old took this picture for me:
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Like I said, right now it's got a satin finish drying on it. I'm sure I'll probably post that when it's done, too. I was just too impatient to wait...
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Old 05-13-2012, 08:51   #3
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Very nice! I have been toying with the idea of making one for my PPK for a few years now... Looks like a lot of work.
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Old 05-13-2012, 11:01   #4
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For me, anyway, it's enjoyable work. Give it a shot, it's not as hard as it may seem!
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Old 05-14-2012, 23:01   #5
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