It’s tough work being handy.
How about making it easier on the little guys and putting all of their tools into a tool belt….
Now they can get to work.
And have all their tools, right at their fingertips.
**The directions are sized to fit on my 20 month old. Adjust if necessary.**
Do you have a handyman in your house? Does he need a simple tool belt?
Here’s how I made mine:
Cut 2 pieces of fabric, one that is 13 x 11 inches and another that is 10 x 11 inches. Fold each piece in half along the 13 and 10 inch side….so that the pieces are still 11 inches wide. Iron flat.
Then cut a piece of coordinating fabric that is 1.5 x 11 inches, to create a piece of binding. Fold in half length wise and iron flat. Then fold the raw edges in one more time towards the fold and iron flat again.
Place this binding along the top fold of the shorter piece, making sure that one fold of the binding is behind the piece and the other is in front. Sew along the bottom edge.
Then cut another piece of your coordinating fabric that is 3 wide and 5 inches long. Fold in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Then sew the edges together along the long side, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn right side out and iron flat.
Fold the loop in half and pin to the edge of that binded piece, about a half inch below the binding. Make sure that your loop is facing inward.
Then sew in place, just to keep it in place while finishing the tool belt.
Then open up the larger piece and line up the smaller piece along the bottom edge of the larger piece. Divide this section into three sections and place pins to mark the division.
Make a straight seam from the bottom, on up to the top of the binding. This will give you your three pockets.
Then fold the top of that larger piece on down over the top of the smaller piece and line up the bottom edge and sides.
Sew along the side with the hammer loop, the entire bottom, and then part of the other side. (Use a 1/2 inch seam allowance.) Make sure to sew along that bottom corner on the second side, to ensure a nice crisp corner after turning it right side out.
And then turn right side out, poking out the corners, nice and crisp.
Iron flat and then sew all the way around the sides and bottom, pretty close to the edge.
Then cut another piece of the coordinating fabric that is 1.5 x 45 inches. (Keep in mind that you can piece two pieces together to make a piece that is 45 inches long, in case you are using smaller pieces of scrap material.) Fold it the same way that you did the binding up above…..and then center it over the top of the tool belt. Make sure that the back fold is behind the tool belt and the front fold is on top.
Sew all the way along this top binding, close to the bottom fold, to attach it to the tool belt. And then continue on to the end of the piece of binding, to secure the folded edges together, making ties with the ends of the binding.
Knot the ends of the ties……and you’re done.
So perfect for the man on the job.
**This can be easily used to make tool belts for girls too. In fact, our little miss loves tools……….and to pretend that she’s helping us fix all sorts of things around the house.