Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Kid’s Tool Belt

My little guy is 4 1/2 years old, and LOVES tools. Daddy’s tools are way cool, but he knows better …now! He does have loads of toy tools, and a real toolbox that Dad gave him, but no tool belt. He’d often come into my sewing room when I’m there (and when I’m not!) to see if he can use anything (yep, found the pins and took one down to the playroom for some reason). One day he came in and wanted a tool belt, right away, and picked up a selvedge strip of fleece I had on the table, and asked me to tie it round his waist. Tucked the tools in, but of course they just fell out after a while.

I decided I should make one for Christmas, and spent an evening looking around the web. There are a couple of cute tool belts, one tutorial which was great. But I wanted something a little more like the adult style. Google images are great for getting ideas, and I found hundreds of photos of tool belts, all kinds. Here is the one I made:

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And here it is on my little guy, boy was he THRILLED when he unwrapped it on Christmas morning! It was folded up pretty small, but he knew what it was straight away. Wore it ALL day! (Those pyjamas were also a Christmas present I made using my favourite pattern, KS 3234.)

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I started out the design with a paper mock-up using graph paper, then measured the pieces and added seam allowance. A few minor adjustments were made to the design as I went along, but overall it was pretty straightforward and I’m really happy with the way it turned out. The green fabric is a sturdy cotton/poly twill, not too heavy, and the yellow fabric is a cotton flannel.

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I was wondering about putting this together as a pattern, if there’s anyone else who would want to make this? I’d love to hear from you!


  1. Love your belt! I too am a keen sewer and my little 3 1/2 year old boy also demanded a tool belt straight away today! Would love to make something similar to yours, can you post more details for me.
    Ps I was born in Ottawa, now living in rural england!

    1. Thanks! I'm working on a pattern for the toolbelt shown, and a simpler version. I'll be putting this one on Craftsy and the simpler one as a free tutorial there and here on my blog. If you'd like me to let you know when they're available drop me an email.
      PS - I was born and started school in England! Grew up in Newfoundland then moved here to Ottawa! I'd love to visit the UK again, it's been too long.