After making Mr. P. these two pirate swords (see my how-to here) we thought it would be fun to make a holster belt to go with them. After all, a pirate needs to be hands-free at times, in case he has an important phone call to answer. Let's face it, today's pirates are much more technologically advanced than the pirates of yesteryear.
This is an easy sewing project that took about 30 minutes and can be custom made to fit whatever "weapon / accessory" needs your child may have.
I started with cutting a large rectangle. 10 inches by whatever your child's waist is plus 5 inches (you can always make it shorter.) I used a thicker linen / canvass material to make it sturdy-looking.
Once you have your rectangle, you fold it lengthwise, right sides together (see below).
The side where the fold occurs is a "sewing optional" spot. I thought it had a more polished look when it was sewn. But if you have more pressing things to do, then just leave it.
Now turn the whole thing right side out and you will have one side (a short side) that remains to be sewn. Fold the sides inward and sew as close to the edge as possible.
Next, you need to figure out where your Velcro is going to go. I chose a pretty hearty piece of Velcro to attach, about 4 inches x 2 inches. Figure out where you want to place your Velcro pieces and pin. Then sew the Velcro on in a square.
Here's the side of the Velcro you won't see.
And here's what it will look like on the belt. I chose a contrasting color to make that rectangular shape pop. Pirates can have keen senses of fashion too.
Here's the whole thing...but we're not done yet!!
Now you need to figure out how many holster loops you need. we had two swords, hence two loops. Our cutlass has a curved, odd shape, so I had to test the loop size in order to make sure it would properly fit in.
Cut out another rectangle - mine was about 1 1/2 inches x 4 inches and fold and then sew it right sides together 3/4 of the way around, leaving a short side open (the same thing you did with the belt material except on a smaller scale.)
Turn it inside out through that unsewn fourth side.
Figure how big you need the loop to be and where on the belt you would like it to sit. You can trim it smaller if need be. Or tuck the end pieces under before you sew it to the belt if you need to adjust the length.
Pin and sew.
Mr. P. wanted his swords to fall at his hips.
Do another loop for the other side (or if you have more than two accessories, add more loops!)
Place your swords in and enjoy!!