Tuesday’s Order {DIY child’s tool belt}

A couple of Tuesday’s ago, my children’s request of the day was a tool belt. Some of their requests are really big, hard, ginormous, really far out there, could never make it requests. But this one? Easy. So I made them a couple.  I love to make things for them.


-1 rectangle of fabric (mine was 12″ x 10″ and was scrap canvas)

-1 strip of fabric or ribbon 36″ long or adjusted to fit you child’s waist with room to tie in back 

Step 1:

Fold one edge over about 1/4″ and press

Step 2:

Fold over and press again. This is called a roll hem. 

Step 3:

Edge stitch (i.e. stitch as close to the edge as possible.

Step 4:

Line your edge stitch up with the right side of your presser foot. Stitch another line using your edge stitch as a guide. (This step is totally optional. It is just a finishing stitch that simply makes it look….well….more finished!)

Step 5:

Fold your your hemmed edge up towards the top of your fabric leaving about 1.5 inches at the top. It should create a pocket of some sort. Make sure your “wrong” side is facing you. Your “right” sides should be together. 

Step 6:

Sew down each side

Step 7:

Turn right side out. And stitch your desired compartments. I chose to make 3 “spaces” or pockets, and my very precise way of measuring where to stitch was to fold it and use the creases as a guide.

Step 8:

Set your rectangle to the side. Moving on to the tie. Iron your strip of fabric in half. 

Step 9:

Fold the raw edges in to the crease and press. This create a fake bias trim. Since we are making this a quick project we didn’t take the time to measure out 45 degree angles and sew some bias trim. Of course, if you already have some bias trim it would work great here- and make the project even faster.

Step 10:

Line up the center of your tie with the center of your rectangle piece, and sew the tie on. The easiest and fastest thing to use would be ribbon- no folding, ironing, or sewing past the pouches. If you use fabric or bias tape, you will need to continue to sew past the pouches in order to sew your trim itself together. 

And there you have it! A completed tool belt. Or in my case, two completed tool belts. 

Sewn during nap time and then set out for my little builders to find upon wakening. May you build some mighty things Bob and Wendy! Can you build it? Yes you can!

{also perfect for toys or treasures- not just tools}


This was a fun quick project. In the future I will probably make the overall pocket a little larger. Let me know if you make your little builder a tool belt!

Karston’s next request: “A shield like Christian has to fight Apollyon.” (from the Pilgrim’s Progress, one of his favorite stories- just like his Daddy)


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