Gun Holster Pattern for Leather

Here I’ll discuss how to make holster patterns.  A gun holster pattern is much the same as many other types of leather case, and can be made using the same basic principles of layout.

For those who prefer patterns ready to use – as is or as a starting point to modify – the HOLSTER PATTERNS DIY page has full-size patterns for selected items.

Theory and layout

Pancake Holster Pattern Making
Pancake Holster Pattern Making

This simple pancake style will quickly get you started making your own patterns to make leather holsters.

This type is sometimes called a “50/50 pancake” due to the front and back being basically the same, placing the stitch seams along the center line of the gun.  This type of holster is very basic and a good place to start.

You can download the FULL SIZE 1911 pancake style holster pattern to go with this discussion.


Avenger holster pattern making
Avenger Holster Pattern Making


Make your own avenger style leather gun holster pattern using the how to example of a Springfield 1911 with 5-inch barrel.

Download the FULL SIZE 1911 avenger holster pattern.


basic IWB pattern
Basic IWB Pattern Making

Alter your pancake style OWB holster pattern for use as a basic IWB holster.




holster pattern making
Holster Pattern Theory

The reason my holster pattern making articles recommended using “half the width of that side plus the leather thickness” to lay out and make holster patterns.

This theory is separated so that you may choose to skip it.