Camo Cover for Camera Holster

Holster camo cover     
      I know this project isn't something many of you would bother with. Unless you're one of those guys that likes camo seat covers for your truck, camo curtains in your den, or camo bathing suits, this is likely off your chart. I'm not one of those guys (yes, really), but I do like for my equipment to blend with my camouflage clothing if at all possible. I had already made a waterproof camo cover for my camera backpack (this article), so I thought a protective camo cover for my Tamrac Zoom 19 holster would be a nice addition. I wasn't sure I could pull this one off, since it would require a far better "tailored" fit than the loosely designed cover I made for the backpack. This one needed to fit like a glove for it to be useful, but it was a challenge I wanted to take on.

Rear view

Front open view

Front view and rear view without cover
     I won't go into boring details of how to make one for yourself, or try to provide a pattern and instructions. This article is mostly to show what can be done with some thought and effort. After thinking through how I might go about this, I decided to just make paper patterns, much like you would use to tailor a shirt for example. In my mind I deconstructed how the holster pieces were originally made and sewn together. Then I measured, drew and cut out paper sections for pattern pieces I thought might work. From that I cut the material pieces and began sewing and fitting them into a shell that would slip over the holster, leaving openings and slits where the zippers, buckle, handle and belt loops could stick through so I could access the zippered pockets and the belt loops in back as easily as without the cover. In essence it's a lot like slip-on seat covers for your car, tailored to fit and cover them for protection.


     The top photo shows a front view and the access to the side pocket (red-tabbed zipper). At far left you can see this cover just slips over the holster. It is held on sufficiently by the shape and fit, and because of the buckle straps and D-ring straps sticking through their cutouts. At upper right are views showing the strap I made (this article) that uses the belt loops to clip the holster onto my backpack D-rings like a chest harness. The image with the lid open shows zipper access to the front pocket. Compare those to the images of the holster without the camo cover.

     While this project is largely a cosmetic thing, it does add weather protection to my holster, as well as protect it from mud and dirt. If the cover does get dirty, it certainly won't show as much as muddy stains would on black cordura, helping my Tamrac holster retain its value. If the concept is good for lens covers, why not for other equipment?