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This tutorial will show you step by step how to make the Cara Dune blaster and how to put together the blaster holster.
Supplies I used:
Black faux leather fabric
Light to Medium weight fusible interfacing
EVA foam or something similarly structured
Water-soluble marking pencil
Cement glue or other permanent adhesive
Disposable plastic gloves
Disposable face mask (optional)
Making the blaster pistol
Blaster tutorial coming soon!
How to pattern and sew the blaster holster
You will need to have your blaster in hand to create this holster. I got a blaster kit from 3D Cauldron and glued it together. I highly recommend this kit in the multi-color option! It’s affordable and can be used as-is without adding resin or painting-on details. Basically, you can glue it and go if you’re crunched for time, money, skills, etc OR you just don’t care about being super detailed and want an awesome-ass blaster pistol.
The holster itself is a fat Y shape with simple topstitching. The first thing I did was create a pattern on copy paper.
Step 1: To create the pattern, I taped copy paper together and did a rough trace around the blaster while it was laying on its side.
Step 2: After examing what must have been 1.6 million photos, I determined how far down the Y shape goes on the gun and drew a triangle shape on top of my traced blaster.
Step 3: I then added the “pocket” for the blaster by drawing straight lines around the barrel and trigger guard, not including the scope. The scope actually sits outside the holster.
Step 4: I transferred the Y shape (including the attached pocket shape) to a fresh copy paper and added a 1/8″ (3 mm) seam allowance around the pocket shape area.
After that, I cut the blaster pocket from the original pattern. Using the slash and spread method, I added an inch along the barrel to accommodate the depth of the blaster.
Then I added a 1/8″ seam around the sides as shown in the image below.
You should now have 2 pattern pieces. One for the Y shape and one for the holster’s pocket.
Step 5: I wanted the holster to resemble real leather, so there are 2 layers of faux black leather with interfacing sandwiched in between for added structure.
I cut 2 of each shape from faux black leather one of each shape from fusible interfacing. Then I fused the interfacing to one of each shape.
Step 6: You can opt to use some type of adhesive to attach the shapes (wrong sides together) before topstitching or you can pin them together and topstitch. I used spray adhesive to attach them just because I didn’t want to worry about the layers shifting while I stitch.
I then drew the topstitching lines on the sides with 1/4″ (6 mm) increments between the lines. The lines meet at a point towards the bottom of the holster where the blaster sits. Don’t forget to add the geometric detail on both sides of the Y.
Topstitch these lines with a basting stitch (longest stitch setting on your machine).
Step 7: I sewed the pocket on, by topstitching it to the Y shape. Make sure to start at the small triangle portion and then straight down the side using a 1/8″ (3mm) seam allowance. Stop at the bottom.
I did not add a bottom piece for the sake of simplicity. Besides, no one will be eyeing the bottom of your holster.
Step 8: I added a piece of EVA foam on the inside up against the side we just sewed. This gives the pocket a stiff look and it adds support for the blaster. It’s 1″ (2.5 cm) wide by the length of the pocket.
You could also use cardboard or basically any other structured, lightweight material you have on hand. This won’t be seen so be creative.
Step 9: Line up the left side of the pocket with the left side of the Y shape and topstitch them together with a 1/8″ (3 mm) seam allowance.
To finish the holster, I added a strap with snap buttons to secure the blaster in the holster.
Step 10: I cut a piece of faux leather 3/4″ (2 cm) by 4.5″ (11.5 cm). I rounded off the short edges and added a top snap piece to both ends.
Step 11: Then I added the bottom snap pieces to the holster. One went near the top of the Y (off-center to the left). The other snap went on the pocket shape near the top center.
Now, you should have a completed blaster holster! I added velcro to the top part of the Y and attached it to the teal ammo belt. See how to make the teal belt!