My kid likes tools. The first time he saw me use a drill (he was about 4 months old) he was completely fascinated and now we can't pass a building site (or even an electrician minding his own business) without Teddy cooing advice and looking longingly at the sharp, pointy and dangerous tools.
So I decided to make him his own (non-lethal) tool belt, and here it is:
- one re-usable shopping bag (we have a squillion of them) mostly 'cause I'm lazy, you could use proper fabric!
- one kid-sized belt (again something that we already owned)
- A plastic key chainy thing (swiped off of a dollar store bottle cooler)
- the tools I made from one piece of foam floor tile (from the dollar store). They are a temporary measure until the bear is old enough for a set of these.
So, you chop the handles off of the bag and put them aside to use later. Then cut the bag roughly in half. It's the top half you need.
it should look like this:
Next you need to cut of one off the front panels (where the straps used to be) so you are left with something that looks like this. The two side flaps together are longer than the back.
Next you turn the right sides together and sew the side panels together to form one big circle again. Pop it right side out again and it should look like this:
Sew down the seam you just made to form two pockets (it should look like a B, see above).
Pin down the pocket so they lie flat. Like this:
then sew up the bottoms of the pockets, where your pins are.
Now you just need to make some slits in the back to lace the pockets onto the belt, like this:
And it's time to add a hammer loop and a useful thingy-ma-jig. Loop the straps you saved to look like this:
then figure out how much of a belt loop it will need and sew it together with one seam.
And voila! Fill it with tools and pop it on your pookie.
I just used a craft knife to cut tool shapes out of the foam floor tiles we already had, and I added a tape measure and some blocks to 'saw'.
Folks who are feeling anxious about gender stereotyping might be interested to know that in this house it's me (the mama) who wields the tools.