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Making a Pancake Holster With Thumb Strap for the 1911 Commander

This video demonstrates my process of making a pancake holster for the 4.25″ Commander sized 1911 with a thumb break. I start off by making the pattern, including how I dissect the pattern into individual pattern pieces.  Then I demonstrate the entire assembly process, from cutting out the leather, to burnishing (admittedly, I didn’t burnish this holster to the extent I normally would because I intended this to be my personal holster), sewing, forming, then final finishing, and tweaking the pattern for a slightly tighter fit.

Please note that this video is not intended to be a teaching video, as I’ve added very little instructional text over the video. This is mainly intended to be a demonstration of my process. I intend to produce instructional videos of specific steps as time and necessity arises, as there’s already loads of great videos on YouTube explaining the various steps in more detail.

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