This didn't turn out quite nice enough for me to turn it into a tutorial, but here's a thing I made:
Link's Shield holster bag!
I love holster bags (freedom from purse straps!!), so I'm forever looking for ways to make more of my own. The ones I use now, though, just clip onto my belt loops and are pretty small. So, I decided to try one with a leg strap.
Plus I wanted an excuse to make more stuff with Friendly Felt. :)
Initially I made the top straps WAY too long, so after giving it a test run at Supercon - and having it flop all over the place - I shortened those up considerably. This way definitely feels more secure, but I'm still figuring out if the leg strap is more help or hindrance.
Also, since my jeans all seem to dip in the front, I've found the forward top strap goes slack a lot while I'm walking. Maybe that's how they're supposed to work, though?
My sewing skills are abysmal, as you can see by my wonky strap Xs. But hey, I got that zipper installed! Just, uh, don't look too closely at any of the OTHER seams, mkay?
The bag construction is ridiculously simple in theory: two shield outlines, and one long rectangular side piece sewn around the outside edges. (Sew the zipper in the side panel first, though.)
Turns out it's not nearly as simple in execution, of course: sewing that side panel in was a PAIN - and not at all pretty. I had to really crumple the bag up at times in my sewing machine, and those wrinkles are still kinda there in places. :/ Plus, I didn't quite get the two shield sides to match up perfectly, so there's a wrinkle at one corner - see?
Decorating the front of the shield was the fun part. I drew up the pattern using a prop shield I found online as a reference, cut it all out of Friendly Felt, and used E-6000 to stick the pieces in place. (I read online you can also use white craft glue, but when I used it for the smaller yellow bits, they fell off as soon as the glue dried. Urg.)
There's a loop on the back side for the leg strap to slide through, and the top straps are sewn in place. Easy-peasy. Total material cost for the clips, straps, zipper, and felt was less than $10.
I'm determined to make my own everyday holster bag at some point; just have to figure out the best design. And as much as I go to the parks, I'd LOVE to have a water bottle holster, too. Have any of you ever seen one, though?
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