Little J is helping Grandpa “Pop Pop” in the garage today. He just loves to watch him working with his tools, sawing wood, building projects. He is so curious and has such a desire to be a little helper. It just warms my heart watching my little guy watch and learn from his Grandpa. It’s a good reminder for myself. I’ll see a toy and think it’s a “must have” that Little J would just love, but in reality spending time helping Mom, Dad, or Pop Pop in the garage is what he would chose over any toy.
I had a few scraps of denim in my fabric pile from an old pair of jeans that I thought would make a great tool belt for Little J. I just loved the way they turned out! These cute little tool belts are a very simple sewing craft and would be great gifts.
1 pair of old jeans or denim scraps
¼ yard cotton print contrast fabric in a fun bright color
1 strap adjuster (I used 1 inch size)
½ yard polyester webbing (I used 1 inch size)
Fusible Web (I used Steam-A-Seam. Only needed if you will be applying fabric appliques)
Step 1: Get your old jeans or denim and create your three templates. The dimensions are shown in the picture below. Cut off the legs and then down the seam of the jeans to create a large piece of fabric to use. Template “A” and “C” are both denim. Use a basic colorful cotton print to contrast the denim for template “B”.
Step 2: Fold over the edge of fabric “B” and “C”. Iron down and sew edge down using ¼ inch seam.
Step 3: Add decorative applique to layer “C”. (Note: if you will not be sewing around the edge of your decorative applique, you should do this step last.)
Step 4: Place the layers (right side up) together in order. Layer “A” on the bottom, layer “B” in the middle, and layer “C” on top.
Step 5: I placed my seams to create pockets about 4 inches from each edge. Identify how large you want your pockets and sew from the bottom of the tool belt to the top of fabric “B” to create pockets.
Step 6: Place the front and back fabric right side together and sew around all edges leaving a small opening to turn the tool belt right side out. After turning right side out, iron and hand stitch opening closed.
Step 7: Attach belt by following directions on the strap adjuster. Sew Velcro on end of strap and edge of tool belt.
Step 8: Apply an iron-on decorative applique. I used a red truck!
After my first attempt, I decided to make another one and apply a fabric decorative applique by sewing it on the pocket.
Little J had so much fun in the garage! I gave him a paint brush and small wrench to put in his tool belt and he added a jar of sprinkles from the kitchen cabinet. Who doesn’t need a few sprinkles?