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Make a Kid-Sized Tool Belt

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:

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I used:

  • 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.

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it should look like this:

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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And it's time to add a hammer loop and a useful thingy-ma-jig. Loop the straps you saved to look like this:

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then figure out how much of a belt loop it will need and sew it together with one seam.

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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'.

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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.


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I wanted really badly not to gender stereotype my kid, but so far, he's obsessed with building (which he sees both men and women do, around here), cars and things with wheels (which no one much cares about around here), and dogs. And he wears a lot of blue because he has fabulous denim-blue eyes that really pop when he's in blue. So here I am, Ms. Feminist Child Development Ruler Of the World, with a car-obsessed, blue-wearing boy. But if he'd been obsessed with dolls and pink, we'd have gone with that too. We meet the child where he is.

This thing works with my daughter,in their fun friday activity. I love crafts and doing this one is really worth it.

This is adorable, both the little boy and the tool belt!  My son used to play with toy tools when he was little.  Its so fun to watch the kids playing with the tools!

Hi folks! The tools I cut out freehand. I was aiming for vaguely recognizable, but I reckon you could get a bit more detail by googling some tool images and cutting around them.

I LOVE this! It's so hard to find homemade boy crafts and projects. I may do something like out of denim for my 8 year old and another for my 3 year old! Thanks for the tute!

Thank you for sharing; I am so making these for my daughter for Christmas!  (Every time we turn around, it seems, she's trying to get into the toolbox again.)  Did you use a pattern for the tools, or did you just freehand them?

way wicked idea!  It's perfect!

A DIYer in training, eh? Have you invited him to join Curbly yet???

Great Idea! We have a million of those President Choice bags too!

and I think my daughter would like this more than her brother ;)


That's so cute! I love crafts for boys because I have two little guys myself (and it seems like more crafting is done for girls). My 3 year-old just said "maybe you can make a little tool belt for ME!"

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