How to Make a Pistol Case with Maker's Leather Supply

I have recently decided that I would like to finally gain the skill set needed to be able to create projects with zippers incorporated.  We were in Waco, TX recently to make a video with Aaron at Maker’s Leather supply on Sewing Machine Selection.  While we were there, Aaron and I decided to do a collaboration video together building a project.  He came up with the perfect project for our visit.  
This video is our collaboration on the making of a pistol case.  This particular pistol case holds two pistols and zips closed.  This was a great project that allowed me to gain more knowledge about installing zippers in bag design.  

The bag that we created is completely designed by Aaron and I designed the floral artwork for it.  We worked together over a couple days to create the bag you will see.  This was my first collaboration with another maker on video, and I was very excited with how it turned out… both the video and the project.  Aaron and Janie Sue at Maker’s Leather Supply were so much fun to hang out with and my time in their shop was inspiring for me and my shop.  

For the patterns for the cut pieces of this bag, Aaron has created an Acrylic Template Pack that you can purchase on his website by using this link:

 These acrylic templates are fantastic and really hold up well over time if you plan on making a lot of these.  There are two different gun cases in this template set… the one we made in the video as well as a triangular single pistol case template.  I highly recommend getting the templates and checking out ALL the other template packs that he has available on his website. 

As with all of our project videos, we do have a companion tooling pattern pack available and you can get that here.  

It has four different corner tooling sets much like you will see in the video.  With the size of this bag we were not able to create a full floral pattern that you would be able to print digitally so for now we are only offering a corner set pack.  The negative space can be beautifully filled in with quilting or your choice of geometric tooling.  I have also included corner tooling sets for the triangular pistol case that comes with his template set.  

If you have been wanting to make a unique project for yourself or that gun enthusiast friend or family member, then this video along with our resources is sure to help you with that.  I was really pleased with how easily this bag went together and I think that after you watch the video you will be too.  If you have been wanting to dive into a project like this, then no better time than during the holiday season.  I think you will really enjoy making this project.  

To view all the resources that Maker’s Leather Supply has to offer, click this link to check out their website:

To check out the Cobra Class 26 Machine used in the video, be sure to check out Leather Machine Co.

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36 Replies to “How to Make a Pistol Case with Maker's Leather Supply”

  1. Marty Herrington

    I stopped in the shop that day you two were making this project. Awesome job as always. Also thank you both for helping my wife pick out a swivel knife for my anniversary (20 years) and I love it. Thanks again I’ll be attempting this this week for a cancer benefit donation.


    Excellent collaboration. I have watched many of your videos Don, this is the first I have seen of Arron ( Makers Leather supply) I will make an effort to go to their site as well as view their videos. Rest assured I watch your leather tooling / carving and am amazed at the artistry in your work. This case was no exception, fantastic work. Thanks for producing and sharing.


    Yeah… like everyone else, here, I really enjoy watching each of your videos. After all, you two are the only guys that I have been watching along the way for my own educational purposes. However, I've got to say, that I really, really do not like these time lapse videos. They don't show me the exact tooling that you are using for specific effects that yo are getting while tooling flowers. I know that this isn't a "Teaching" video, but I watch all of your videos, in order to see what tools you use to get a specific effect. This does not do that. So, I have to sit here and adjust the video speed, and watch it that way. Anyway, still love you guys! Maybe I'm just in a shit mood this morning? I'm sorry.

  4. Eddie Hubbard

    Man I tell ya those zippers have cause me more problems over the years than anything. I always have trouble with them on cases. But I am hoping what I have seen here remedies my problem. Seems to be a whole lot better process than I have been doing. I have always made the gun cases to the shape of a gun & maybe that is part of the problem. Heck if I know but I will be trying this method next time around to see. I was also using jacket zippers just cutting the end off. Maybe that's part of the problem. Thanks for the great video.

  5. Clay Wilson

    Great video, love the work and talent of both of you guy's! Also I see another person has the same question on the small head knife, I would like to have one that size, can you tell us where to purchase one? And thanks for all the information you share!!

  6. J

    Don, you called Aaron Heizer a true craftsman in this video, this is being very humble. The two of you have skills and abilities that I strive to achieve. Your ability to draw your flowers, leaves and vines directly onto the leather astounds me. I draw my design on paper, trace it onto tracing paper, transfer from the tracing paper to the leather and still my scrolls don't look half as good as your freehand direct to leather abilities, I am somewhat jealous of your craftsmanship! I loved the collaboration with Aaron, more please!


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