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Crafting tool belt

Crafter's Companion – 09/11/19

If there’s a crafter in the family, why not treat them to a homemade crafting tool belt? With a handy pocket on the foot and a wonderful waist tie, this belt can help to carry a range of tools, items and accessories, no matter what crafting discipline you or your recipient enjoy. They could take it to craft classes, on holiday or simply use it in the home!

There are so many things to love about this tool belt, so follow along with the instructions below and try your hand at creating your own!

You will need:

Cutting instructions

  • Use a 0.5″ seam allowance unless stated otherwise
  • The pattern is drawn to be cut on the fold
  • Cut Pocket fabric strip full length of fat quarter and 20cm wide

Step 1

Fold your fabric strip in half with the wrong sides facing to create a 10cm wide strip. Fold in the raw edges and press.

Step 2

Create pockets by inserting three box pleats along the strip. These can be evenly places or wider apart to make different size pockets.

Step 3

Fold one fat quarter piece wrong sides facing creating a top fold 8cm from one edge and a bottom fold 20cm from the other edge. Your folds should overlap each other. Press these folds and then open up fabric. Fold in the top and bottom raw edges and sew to create a 0.5cm hem.

Step 4

Pin your pocket strip along the bottom fold line on your fat quarter, so there are equal spaces on the sides with the neat fold of your pockets pointing towards the top of the fat quarter.

Step 5

Attach your pocket strip by firstly sewing down the folds of each pleat and then the two ends.

Step 6

Close the bottoms of the pockets by sewing from one end to the other, securing the pleats as you go.

Step 7

Fold your fat quarter right sides facing, placing the bottom fold over the top of the top fold and sew along the raw edges to create a large envelope pocket.

Step 8

Turn your work right side out and attach bias binding length to the top to create a waist tie.


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