A Tool Belt for your Fix It Up Toddler

DIY kid tool beltDo you have a fix it boy or girl in your house? They should have a place to carry their tools. You don’t need very much fabric. I was using scraps but 1/8 yd would do the job depending on your child’s measurements.

Want to know how to get your child outfitted and ready to go?

DIY kid tool belt

Now your pocket and base size may vary. I would NOT go any smaller than this. Your base and pocket length should be about half of your waist measurement. These height measurements give a fairly shallow pocket. Ideal for a 1-2 yr. old, I would increase that measurement for a larger child. You could pretty easily add up to 3″ on that outer piece. Here is how it fits on my big 3 yr. old to give you an idea.

DIY kid tool belt

Once you get you pieces cut we’re going to put that piping in your front pocket seam.

diy kids tool beltGet as close to or on that stitching line under your piping as possible, but don’t hit the pipe.

diy kids tool beltI made that second blind stitch line by feel, but you could put a chalk line down to follow if it helps.

diy kids tool beltI cut my piping a little long so it could overhang on each side. That made it easier for me to work. You can either trim or serge off that extra in the next step.

diy kids tool belt

You’ve got the base of your belt complete! Now add the waistband.

diy kids tool beltI decided it would be easier for him to velcro on if he could see what he was doing, so I placed the waistband so the closure would be on the side. You can center your pocket if you think that would work for your fix it kid.

You’ll end up with a piece that looks like this-

diy kids tool beltOnly your hammer loop left now! You’ll need to plan for your own equipment. Our hammer is really chunky so I made sure to leave a lot of room so it would go in and out easily.

diy kids tool belt

I secured everything assuming it would take a lot of pulling, that includes the velcro!

diy kids tool beltHe includes his sunglasses with essential fix it gear. They are his safety glasses. You may remember from THIS post I’m kind of serious about eye protection it made me laugh that he had picked up this habit from a distance.

What will you add to your kid’s toolbelt? We would love to hear about it!

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  • Cindy October 27, 2012, 7:48 am

    This is great! There’s not an awful lot of tutorial/patterns that would work well for boys too. My son would have loved having a tool belt like this when he was little.:)

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 27, 2012, 7:58 am

      Thank you, and Agreed boys are under represented out there!

  • Rikka@Ricochet and Away! October 27, 2012, 11:05 am

    Cute! I love a good sewing project for little boys.

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 27, 2012, 1:14 pm

      Thanks! It’s fun to do a boy project here and there!

  • Pam October 27, 2012, 10:37 pm

    I can see all sorts of tools and treasures being carried around!!! As always, a fabulous, easy to follow tutorial

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 28, 2012, 10:17 am

      Thank you! It appears our kid’s kitchen tools have found a new home too!

  • Jacinda October 27, 2012, 11:33 pm

    thanks for visiting yellowcloth! i love this toolbelt. so cute!

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 28, 2012, 10:03 am


  • Jill October 28, 2012, 7:52 pm

    What a cute little tool belt! And a great tutorial too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 28, 2012, 9:56 pm

      Thanks for the feedback!

  • Sylvie October 29, 2012, 2:40 pm

    Very cute! My Christmas gift to do list just got bigger! 🙂

    • onceuponasewingmachine October 29, 2012, 3:12 pm

      My list is doing the same thing!

  • Pam November 2, 2012, 6:34 pm

    I’ve featured your Tool Belt tutorial today…

    • onceuponasewingmachine November 3, 2012, 8:58 am

      Thank you!

  • Cristina@remodelandolacasa November 15, 2012, 8:59 am

    This belt is so cute! But, I tell you the truth, I want to make one of these for me! 🙂
    I love working on projects around the house and it’s no fun trying to remember where I left the measuring tape!

    • onceuponasewingmachine November 15, 2012, 11:10 am

      Haha I know I really need to make a tool belt for myself too!

  • Peter September 7, 2013, 12:01 pm

    This is so cute and so clever. I love this little tool belt!

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    Keep the great ideas coming!!


  • Christena November 20, 2013, 4:45 pm

    Love this and appreciate all the details on how to make the tool belt. I am just curious, how much fabric did you buy? I know you show the dimensions when they need to be cut, but was 1 yard enough fabric, or did you buy more? Thanks!

  • colleen November 24, 2014, 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. A tool belt was requested for Christmas and I was going to just wing it until I found this page! I work much better with a little guidance! Thanks again.

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