Oct 30, 2009

Children's Tool Belt Tutorial




Ingredients:
2 9x13 pieces of base fabric (I used the canvas type fabric)
2 3x18 pieces of base fabric
2 6x13 pieces of matching pocket material (I used flannel)
1 4x7 piece of pocket material fabric

**Seams are 1/4 inch.


1. Create the ties. Fold the 3x18 piece of fabric in half lengthwise; iron.


2. Fold one end of the tie in 1/4 inch, iron.

3. Fold the bottom portion of the tie in half (below the fold you created), iron.

4. Repeat with the top half. Repeat these steps with the 2nd tie.

5. Create the loop. Fold the 4x7 piece of flannel in half, iron.

6. Fold the bottom portion in half again, iron.

7. Repeat with the top part.

8. The small loop should look like this.

9. Sew down the entire length of both ties and the top part of the loop.

10. Place the two 6x13 pieces of flannel together, right sides facing. Stitch along the top edge.

11. Iron open the seams. Fold along the seam so that the right sides are both facing outward. Top stitch along the top edge.

12. Measure off 2 dividing lines for the pockets. One at 4 1/2 inches and the other at 9 1/2 inches. Place the flannel pocket piece on top of the 9x13 backing piece. Line up the bottom edges.

13. Sew along the marked lines, back-stitching at the top to add strength.

14. Pin the ties and loop to the backing/ flannel pocket piece. **Be sure that the ties come to the center and that the loop is to the center of backing/ pocket piece; otherwise, the ties and loop will be on the wrong side!

15. Place the second 9x13 backing piece on top of the backing/ pocket piece, right sides together. Run your ties out the top of the pieces to reduce the bulk while sewing. Sew around the sides and bottom. Backstitch over the ties and loop for strength. Cut away any bulky ends.

16. Flip the tool belt right side out. Fold the top pieces in so that they are flush with the tops of the ties. Iron flat.

17. Top stitch around the entire perimeter of the tool belt. Be sure that you sew all layers closed along the top.

You are finished!

45 comments:

Kelli @ RTSM said...

What a cute idea!! I am such a lazy sewer...if I would get out my iron every once in a while, I bet my sewing projects would look alot better!

Kari @ Ucreate said...

I LOVE this! I'll be featuring tomorrow. Thanks!

Shannon said...

LOVE IT!! I copied your design and made one for Colin the other night, it's awesome! The first one I made, I forgot the hammer loop but I made another one to include it. Great idea Lisa!

~LL~ said...

LOOK AT YOU!!! This is great! Thanks! (heh...like I would ever make one...more than likely, buy one from this gal I know who has an Etsy spot!)

Melissa said...

I found your post from Ucreate and I have to say its way cool. I have a little boy so I love tutorials for boy things. I'll be following you from now on.

Julie P said...

love this! Linking to you on our Seven Little Monkeys blog.

Leah said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Both my kiddos will love these!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is so cute! I just found your tutorial via U create. I would love to link to it if you didn't mind. I'm always looking for fun gift ideas and this is so cute!

Tiffany said...

I will be linking to you from myskinnypurse.blogspot.com. Thanks for a great idea!

Tiffany

Tiffany said...

I will be linking to you from myskinnypurse.blogspot.com. Thanks for a great idea!

Tiffany

Tiffany said...

myskinnypurse has changed to mypetitepurse

thanks!

Anissa said...

Awesome post. I've been looking for something "boy" to make my son for Christmas and this will be perfect. I'm a newbie to sewing so hopefully I am able to follow everything. The only tricky part seems to be at the very end. Thanks so much!

Hip Mama said...

This is really cute! This would work when the kids are playing "Bakery, or Restaurant"

Nice blog...I'd like to ad it to my Blog Roll...and I love your tag line...I'm raising 3 Diva's & a Dude! Cute!

Kimmy C said...

This is such a great idea! You should definitely stop by my blog on Thursday and add this to my What are little boys made of? Weekly Round-Up MckLinky!

m.e (Cathie) said...

what a fantastic tutorial, thank you!

AdronsCatherine said...

Thank you so much for the great tutorial! I just finished making one for my son for Christmas :o) He is only 3, so I modified the straps by cutting them 6"x12", then I folded them like you said, and added hook/loop tape. It turned out SO cute, and I can't wait to see his face when he opens it!!!

Emily S. said...

Thanks for the great idea and easy instructions! I have saved this for a while and now have gotten to making one! It was simple to follow and love how it turned out! My son has been using his pants pockets for tools! I am so excited for Christmas, now just a few more to make for my nephews!

Trimble said...

Do you think it would work out alright if I used all flannel?

Lisa said...

I think that it would be fine to use all flannel. You may want to iron on a medium weight interfacing to the front side backing piece beforehand to make it more sturdy.

Trimble said...

Thank you!

the sander family said...

Your tutorial was so easy to use. Thank you! I made a toolbelt/apron for a 3 year old for her birthday. I added a ruffle to the bottom and it turned out cute! I'm linking to you, hope thats okay. Thanks again, for sharing such a great pattern!

Kate said...

I just finished this super cute tool belt for my 2 1/2 year old son. He LOVES it and your tutorial was so easy to follow. Thank you!!

Brandy said...

I love this tutorial. It was so easy to follow. I made one for my 2 year old daughter. Please check out my results over at http://spottedsmiles.blogspot.com/2010/02/tool-belt-salon-apron-be-creative.html

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Thank you so much for posting this pattern. I just made some to give out as favors at my son's construction theme birthday party and I know they'll be a hit!

I'm linking back to you: http://acraftyescape.blogspot.com/2010/03/kids-tool-belts.html

Jenn said...

Hi! Just wanted to say that I love your blog & I especially like this project for Easter. I’ve featured you on my blog here:
http://delicious-ambiguity-nennyk.blogspot.com/2010/03/easter-gift-ideas-for-toddlers.html
I hope you’ll stop by. You can get my new featured button on the top left hand side of my blog. I also have a McLinky party called Tot Tuesdays if you'd like to join.
Cheers, Jenn

Cecilia said...

I LOVED it! And I just finished one for my little boy!!! I don't own a sewing machine, so I hand made it, he love it!! Thank you so much for this tutorial

Ginger said...

Looks great! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Ginger
SSB

Mama Wolfe said...

I seem to be the only one having trouble here, but at step 12 I'm confused. Part of it is that I don't know which piece is the pocket. Can someone tell me the dimensions of the pocket piece? Thanks!

Mama Wolfe said...

Figured it out and it came out SO GOOD! Actually, I made two (I have two small boys). They look amazing!!! Now I have to make some tools to go with them! Thanks!!!

Lisa said...

Glad you got it figured out!

Amanda said...

I love this! I featured it today on blog Today's Top 20! I would love if you stopped by!

Amanda
todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

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Jansie said...

Finally got to make this today. It was so easy and came out so great. Thank you for sharing!!!

Miss Sews-it-all said...

Hey there One-Hip-Mom! We think your tutorial for crafting a Children's Tool Belt is awesome, and we want to share it with other sewers and quilters by featuring a link on www.WeAllSew.com! We’ll be featuring your tutorial at our "Free Stuff" page all next week. Please let me know if you have any questions about being featured at WeAllSew.com. Thanks so much-Erika

Erica {B is for Boy} said...

I love this & am including it in a roundup I am doing of children's toolbelts:) you can find it here: http://bisforboycreations.blogspot.com/2011/03/fabulous-friday-finds-toolbelt-roundup.html

Amanda said...

Awesome tutorial! I am a novice sewer and managed to turn out a presentable pink camouflage tool belt for my little girl in about an hour. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I am going to make one for my daughter today at nap time. I have one for my son and they always have me tie it, so for hers I'm going to make the strap one long piece that will be able to velcro to the tool belt front. That way she can do it herself. Thanks for making this project available!

Gwamma of Boys said...

Saw this on pinterest and made one for each of my four grandsons. Thanks for the tutorial...very helpful! I used canvas for the whole thing...like it but was a bit difficult to get through all the layers at the end. Thanks again!

Jules Rushing said...

Great tutorial! I just posted my completed project and a link to the tutorial on my blog. www.julesrushing.blogspot.com.
My grandson is going to love it for Christmas!
Thanks for taking the time to work it out and post the tutorial!

Heather said...

I wonder...could I use a bias tape folder to make the ties? Or am I reading the instructions incorrectly?

Lisa said...

You sure could!

Shannon said...

I just made this for my 2 year old but it also fits his 2 older brothers. Score! They all love it. Thanks for such a simple, fun tutorial to follow!

Karissa Brown said...

Silly question...where did you find the plastic tools? Hoping to make some for party favors at my son's 3rd birthday next month :)

javajive said...

Thanks for this tutorial! i just made one, with velcro for the waistband instead of the ties.

Sammy said...

This tutorial is fantastic! Please could I feature it over on my site? I will of course link directly back to you xx

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This is such a great idea!

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