I must admit, I am exceedingly proud of my latest project: a tool belt for my nephew, Christian, on the occasion of his 5th birthday. The best thing about this tool belt is that it is sturdy enough to hold REAL tools, not just plastic Fisher Price tools. As a 5-year-old, I think Christian will appreciate that. Awesome, no? Now go make your own!
- 1 yard of 1-inch-wide nylon belt
- 1 plastic side-release strap buckle
- 1 yard of cotton duck or other sturdy material
- coordinating thread
- jeans buttons or jeans rivets (optional)
Notes: The cotton duck I used was 60 in. wide, and I didn’t use a whole yard. Make sure you use a sewing machine needle that will make it through all the layers of cotton duck–my #18 had a rough go of it!
- Belt: Measure the waist of the person for whom the belt is intended, add a few inches for “growing room,” and cut this length from the nylon belt. I made mine about 28 inches. Take a lighter to the cut ends of the nylon so they do not fray.
- Large Pocket/Divided Pocket: See “Tool Belt Pocket” tutorial below.
- Large Pocket with Hammer Loop: Follow steps 1-4 of the pocket tutorial below. Go ahead and fold the bottom up 4 1/2 inches and press so you know where the bottom of the pocket will be, then unfold. Cut 3 1/2 inches of the nylon belt, and take a lighter to the cut ends so they do not fray. Sew one end of the loop to the lower left-hand corner of the pocket. Measure 2 inches in from the left edge of the pocket, and pin the the other end of the loop; now make sure a hammer actually fits through the loop before you attach it to the pocket. Ok, good. Now sew it on. Fold the pocket back up and sew up both sides of the pocket as described in step 5 of the pocket tutorial. Whew!
- Small Pocket: Cut two pieces of fabric 4 1/2 inches by 11 inches, and follow steps 2-4 of the pocket tutorial below. For step 5, fold the bottom up 3 1/2 inches instead of 4 1/2 inches, then follow the rest of step 5.
Notes on the “Tool Belt Tutorial”: Should you choose to click on the jpeg and print it, make sure you zoom in. Then go to Print Preview and scale the image to 25-30%. Sorry for the inconvenience. It’s lame that I can’t post a pdf on this blog. LAME, I tell you. If you want the PDF, leave a comment.
4. Putting it Together: When all the pockets are complete, attach buttons and rivets if desired. Then slide the pockets onto the nylon belt, and weave the ends of the nylon belt into the ends plastic strap buckle. Done! Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?