Get Organized with this DIY Tool Belt

FEB 20, 2018 updated Jun 15, 2021

Stuck in a home décor rut? Spending so much time at home staring at the same old walls can be great motivation to give your interior spaces a DIY facelift, but before you embark on your next home renovation adventure, we have a project you’ll want to do first– consider it a warm-up! A Dogwood Denim tool belt will help you keep everything you’ll need at your fingertips and it makes the perfect customizable gift idea for Mr. or Mrs. Fix-It.

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This project has a lot of pieces, but we promise it’s worth it to have so many compartments to sort all your odds and ends in one place. Grab yourself a yard of Dogwood Denim and let’s get started! 

Materials

  • 1 yard of Dogwood Denim (washed and dried)
  • 1 yard of 2.5 in wide webbing or strapping
  • 2.5 in buckle
  • Coordinating thread
  • Denim needle
  • Pins
  • Rotary blade or fabric scissors
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Tailor’s chalk or fabric marker
  • Sewing machine

Cut out the following rectangles from your yard of fabric*

  • 4 main tool belt pieces – 10 x 10 inches
  • 2 large pocket pieces – 10 x 8.5 inches
  • 2 small pocket pieces – 7 x 7 inches
  • 2 divided pocket pieces – 5 x 7 inches
  • 2 center tool belt pieces – 5.5 x 5.5 inches
  • 1 center pocket piece – 6 x 4 inches
  • 1 hammer strap piece – 7 x 3 inches

*Please note: This pattern is sized for a waist measuring 25 in and up

Serge or zigzag stitch the edges of all of your cut pieces. This will help prevent fraying during wear and washing.

Construct the main tool belt pieces

Pin both sets of the large square pieces (10 x 10in) together with right sides facing, making sure your design is oriented the same way.

On one of the sets of squares, sew around the edges with ¼ inch seam allowance, leaving an opening at the top. Clip your corners and turn right side out. Press the edge, and sew the opening closed. This stitch line will be hidden later.

On the other set, mark a 3 inch opening starting 2 inch from the top of one side of your squares. Sew around the edges with a ¼ seam, leaving an opening between your marks. Clip your corners and turn right side out. Press the edge with your opening so that the ¼ inch seam allowance fits neatly inside, but do not stitch the opening closed yet – it will be used to attach your hammer strap.

Create and attach your hammer strap

Take your hammer strap rectangle (7in x 3 in) and fold in half longways with right sides facing. Sew with a ¼ inch seam, making sure to leave one short end open. Turn right side out.

Pinch and roll your hammer strap so that the seam is centered. Fold the fabric in half, matching the short ends. The seam should now be on the inside.

Slide the short edges into the side opening on your tool belt base about ½ inch with the loop on the outside. Pin in place, and sew the opening closed. This stitch line will be hidden later.

Assemble your tool belt side pieces

Take one of your large pocket pieces and fold the top edge over ½  inch, right sides touching. Stitch in place to create the top of your large pocket. Repeat this process with one of the small pocket pieces (7 x 7 in) and one of the divided pocket pieces (5 x 7 in).

Fold ½ inch on both sides and the bottom of your large pocket piece to the wrong side. Press in place. Repeat with the divided pocket piece and the small pocket piece.

Place both the small pocket piece and the divided pocket piece next to each other in line with the bottom edge of the large pocket piece without the hammer strap. The outside edges of each pocket should line up with the outside of the larger pocket, with a small gap in between them. Pin the two smaller pocket pieces in place.

Stitch along the inside edges of the small pocket pieces ONLY (the edges next to each other).  Do not stitch the outer or bottom edges yet. On the narrower pocket, divide and mark the width into three separate sections, and stitch two vertical lines to create divided slots in your pocket.

Pin the large pocket piece to one of the the main tool belt pieces with bottom and side edges lined up. Topstitch all the way around the main tool belt piece, being careful to sew over the stitches from closing the gap in the top.

Repeat this process with your other large pocket, small pocket, divided pocket, and main toolbelt piece with the hammer strap. Make sure to attach your pockets so that when wearing the belt, the hammer strap will be on the right if you’re right-handed, or the left if you’re left-handed.”

Pro Tip: If your sewing machine seems to struggle with any particularly thick spots, manually turning your machine wheel will help the needle get through smoothly. Pick up more tips and tricks for sewing with Dogwood Denim here and here.

You should now have the two outer toolbelt pieces completed.

Assemble the center pocket piece

Place your two center tool belt pieces (5.5 x 5.5 in) together with right sides facing.  Stitch together with a ¼ in seam allowance, leaving an opening at the top. Clip the corners, and turn right side out. Press and sew across the top edge to the close.

Fold ½ inch over on the top of your center pocket piece (6 x 4 in), and sew in place to create the top of the pocket. 

Fold and press ½ inch in on each of the sides and bottom. Pin onto the center tool belt piece with the bottom edges aligned, and top stitch in place.

Prep your belt

Cut a piece of webbing to your waist size plus an additional 6 inches.

Thread about 2 ½ inches of one end of your webbing through one side of your buckle. Fold ½ inch of the end under, and stitch to secure your buckle in place. Sew additional lines or an X onto your webbing to add stability between the folded edge and the buckle if desired.  

Repeat this process with the other side of the webbing and the other half of the buckle.

Attach your tool belt pieces to the belt

Measure and mark the center of the belt with the right side up. Place the center pocket piece on top of this mark, with the top edge lined up with the top edge of the belt, centered.  Pin in place.

Place each of the other pocket pieces on either side of the center piece, with top edges in line with the top of the belt. Pin in place. Make sure your hammer strap is on the outside edge when you arrange these pieces.

Sew across all three pieces, attaching them to the belt, taking care to stitch over any existing stitch lines. Add a second line of stitches below for stability if desired.

Pro Tip: If you’re feeling inspired and a little adventurous, add rivets to the corners of your pockets where they meet the belt for extra stability and a more professional look.

Congrats, you made it through all those pockets! Your belt is done and ready to fill up with tools to help you take on your next project. Find even more apron tutorials to get you ready for your next project.

Don’t forget to strike a pose and tag #spoonflower to show off your handiwork!

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  • Just finished making this tool belt for my Dad for Christmas, its the best pattern I could find – and free! I really enjoyed making it and am delighted with the result. THANK YOU SPOONFLOWER!!!

    • Rhonda, What a great gift idea! Thank you for your feedback and we’re so glad you enjoyed our free pattern.

      Happy Holidays!
      Amy
      Spoonflower

  • This pattern was very hard to follow. Instructions not clear. Would recommend finding another pattern.

    • Hi Wanda,

      Thanks so much for sharing your feedback. We’re always looking for ways to improve our tutorials so if you can provide more specific details regarding the steps that gave you trouble, that would be great!

  • I\’d really like to make this but can only find 2\” webbing and buckles. Could those be used? How would I adapt the pattern?