Good Morning all!
This week Coleton my 10 year old wanted to buy a holster at Target for his hand held Nerf gun. When I saw what he wanted to spend TEN DOLLARS on I said "Buddy, I think I can make that better, for NOTHING...let me try and if you don't like what I make, then I will bring you back here and you can spend you money on this one." He agreed in a very grudging and reluctant manner.... but here's what I came up with. I used scrap leather I had on hand. They were scraps from a furniture store, you know the sample pieces they use to showcase available colors? Yeah so GO ME for GOING GREEN!!! To create the holster itself, I simply sewed a pouch up three sides and cut two slices in the back panel for a belt to thread through. He LOVED IT! But then said "Can you like sew a strip onto the front so that I can use it to hold darts?" All I could think was "Ummm kid, ya shouldda thought of that BEFORE I sewed over and over on the seams to be sure they held for all time!!!!" But instead I said "Well I can't sew, but I can HOT GLUE!!!!!" :) Who doesn't love their hot glue gun?? So being that it was a leather project I got our my High Temp Pro Glue Gun from Adhesive Tech. ( I am being compensated to showcase Ad Tech now, but you know I don't showcase anything unless I actually use it and feel it does a good job!) Now the reason I am pointing out my use of HOT glue is because if I were to have used my Lo Temp Glue it may not have held the leather pieces to one another as securely as I am sure my little man is going to need.
So here's the photo I took of the gun, the pouch and the Nerf darts. Sorry, I snapped them all with my iPhone as I wasn't thinking we were going to be making a blog post out of this but realized it would be good to document it anyway...and well now, it's become a blog post. So read on to see how we did it.
To begin I cut a strip that was wider than the pouch and grabbed the five darts he said he would like it to hold. I made the strip thinner than the darts are long so that the darts could fit in and be taken out from either end.
I then hot glued one end of the strip and placed the first dart under the strip and measured how far away I would place the next line of glue. As you can see I didn't use a large amount of glue, just enough to hold that leather strip tight.
I then pressed and held between each dart as I placed it into the dart hodling strip.
My strip of leather wasn't QUITE long enough by the time I got to the end, so I had to add an extra loop of leather. Note the closer loop at the end? Once I did it that was I kinda had wished it was all like that! Oh well - next time! LOL
Coleton LOOOOVES his new holster and the upgrade of holding the darts was a major score. Oh and I told him - he owes me ten bucks...make it fifteen - this holster holds darts too! ;)