Pen case with a belt loop

This week I was asked if I could make a pen case to attach to a belt.

I have a couple of options this is my first it is based on a two pen case made from 1.8 mm shoulder with a kydex liner wrapped in suede.

Pictures will help to explain as we go.

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Two kydex pen tubes formed over a medium sized form I think they may be a little larger than I wanted but one lined the internal size will alter

Wrapped in suede

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I folded and glued a strip of suede to allow pens to be clipped in place

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It is held in place by four stitches in the centre and will be stitched in to the edges when they are stitched together.

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This clip strip will allow smaller pens to be carried without them rattling around inside the case. I need to make a back panel next.

I have cut a piece of leather to make the back panel and front flap in this picture I have sketched out the front flap.

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Here are all of the components before dying I have formalised my sketch of the flap into a cardboard template the strap has been cut and the belt clip is also there. Although I am considering cutting slots in the back panel and adding some lining leather to make a belt clip.

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This is not the time to run out of black dye 🙂

Stocks of dye refreshed

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After allowing the dye to dry I marked and punched holes in the strap for stitching I used a small pricking iron that marks 11 stitches to the inch rather than my usual 8 stitches to the inch. The thread I used is Lin Cable size 332 which is quite fine.

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At this point I decided to move the clip strap level with the top of the pen slots.

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My next step was to decide where the belt loop would sit I decided to place it on the same line as the front strap. The front strap holds the flap closed and is on top of a line one third of the way down from the top of the pen slots.

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I had shortened the belt loop was clearly was a mistake so I will unpick it tomorrow and make another. Here are the two belt loops side by side.

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The next step is to attach the belt loop to the back panel it is quite a simple process stitch the upper part fold over and stitch the lower. Although I have added some detail stitching down the sides there is a groove on the back to prevent the belt wearing through the stitching. I had to be a little creative with the stitching I used one piece of thread for strength and the parallel rows are 12 mm apart the same as the front strap. I know this is a very minor thing and it will not be seen but I know it is there.

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Time to start gluing the pieces together. And marking out the stitching holes.

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Stitching done and rough trimmed to size.

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The idea behind this case was to add a belt loop which I am happy with the clip strip also works but not so well for pens with tight clips. pens are also a little difficult to get in and out when the case is attached to a belt the tubes need to be a little shorter.

Thanks for looking

Michael

 

 

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