Thursday, February 23, 2012

Toddler Tool Belt Tutorial


It seems my boys are no longer babies.
Well, that was a given since their 2nd birthday.
But they're sitting on a chair at mealtime, going to the potty, starting to dress themselves and playing nonstop with their tools and trucks (or 'chucks' as they call them).  On top of that, if my husband's working in the garage.. they're there!
So it was time for their very own tool belts.  


It was a quick project (since I was having to make two) with little supplies, that I figured I'd give you a tutorial.

Here's what you'll need:
roll of grosgrain ribbon (you won't need a whole roll)
old jeans or sturdy material
scrap of another material (can be cotton or denim)
velcro


First off, cut a piece from your old jeans.  I actually used this pair for this project first. 
My piece measured 8" long by 14" across the bottom and 11" across the top.



Lay your denim piece over the scrap piece, both laying right side down, with the top 1/3 off the fabric.  Be sure the top of the scrap piece is straight (this will be the top of the front pocket).


Cut around the denim piece in the same shape.


Fold over the top of the cut piece and press with an iron.


Sew a hem just along the top.


Place the piece over top of the denim piece, lining up the bottom and sides.  Pin it on and sew around the outer edges, leaving the top open.


Sew two more seams going down the front for pockets.  Here you can choose to do two pockets as well or even a few narrow pockets.


Now fold over the edges of the sides and bottom of the apron and pin in place.  You'll be sewing a hem around the edges of the apron.  You can do the top or leave it like I did, either way it will be covered up.



Now press your edges with an iron.



Next, get your ribbon and cut a 4" piece.  (You may want to make this longer, depends on your child's toys.  Once I was finished, I noticed some of the toy hammers are too big to fit in the slot I made).


Fold in half and pin onto the side of your apron.


Then sew it on.



For the top, you'll lie the top of the apron over the ribbon leaving excess ribbon on either sides of your apron.  I had about 6 or 7 inches on both sides.  You may need to measure your child's waist to see how much extra you'll need.


Pin it and then sew your ribbon onto the apron.



For the edges of the ribbon, I burnt the edges with a lighter so they wouldn't fray.


Now take a 4 inch piece of velcro and pin them on the ends of your ribbon.  Make sure you're sewing them on the right sides.

This is how it should look when you're done.


You now have a cute tool belt for your little handyman!



Try them on and play away!


My boys really are growing up.. they'll actually stand still for a picture now! 





A perfect place to put all your tools.






Have a great day!

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Our Pinteresting Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Seriously adorable! I love them! I found your blog through Momnivore's creative juice link party. I'm your newest follower ~ Megan

Earning My Cape said... Best Blogger Tips

Those are GREAT!!!

Allison {A Glimpse Inside} said... Best Blogger Tips

These are super cute! I bet they love playing with them!
Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse Party! I'll be featuring this tomorrow!

folkhaven said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a great idea! I love projects that re-use fabric. My little guy is almost 2 now, and would likely make great use of this. I'm pinning it!

Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a great idea for little boys! We just posted our Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party and would love for you to share this! http://kitchenfunwithmy3sons.blogspot.com/2012/02/kitchen-fun-and-crafty-friday-link_23.html

Mama Jodi said... Best Blogger Tips

My sewing skills aren't great, but I feel like this tutorial made it look so easy. I have pinned it and might try it for my son when he get a bit older.

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Sewing for Utange said... Best Blogger Tips

Very cute! Love it!

Danielle said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a cute idea. I love this! Thanks so much for sharing on Blissful and Domestics Feature Friday Linky Party:>

http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a great idea! Pinning... :-)

Erin
takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com

Renonda said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great way to repurpose some old clothes!

Lolly Jane said... Best Blogger Tips

Not sure what's cuter- those darling tool belts or your handsome little fella's :) I am so exited to try this since my hubby just threw a pair of work jeans out and I dug them out- my little guy will love working by his daddy now, too!

PS: Thanks for sharing w/ our readers @ WGW!
xoxo

Kara @ Mine for the Making said... Best Blogger Tips

Your boys are SO STINKIN cute! Love love love the tool belts!

Deana said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so cute...Thanks for linking up@CountryMommaCooks have a wonderful weekend:)

Jessica Kielman said... Best Blogger Tips

How adorable! This would work for my crafty daughter as well! I am hosting my 2nd link party, and would love for you to add this along with anything else you like!

http://www.mom4realky.blogspot.com/2012/02/4-real-friday-link-party-2.html

Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

Jill said... Best Blogger Tips

Fabulous little tool belts! and a great tutorial!

(love that you upcycled old jeans too!!)


Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a fabulous week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

I think I need a rotary cutter, bad! Come share at my link party! http://www.dwellonjoy.com/2012/02/dwell-on-fridays-five.html

Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor said... Best Blogger Tips

That is the cutest thing ever! I love it. I know I am going to be making one for my boy as well when he gets just a little bit older ! Thanks for sharing the Tutorial so I will now how to make one:) Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Temptation.
Jill

Charlene@APinchofJoy said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute -- both the tool belt and your boys!!! They will likely finds lots of things to put in the pockets besides tools! I would love it if you would come link up with Busy Monday (open Monday through Thursdays) at A Pinch of Joy, a linky party for ideas that make life better, easier and more fun!

Pam said... Best Blogger Tips

What a brilliant idea and so good that you reused old jeans in the process!!! Easy to follow tutorial, too. I would love for you to share this at our ongoing themed linky that's just for Aprons....
http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/02/threading-your-way-aprons-and-art.html

Kimberly @ See Sew and Seedlings said... Best Blogger Tips

Precious idea!! Love it!

Serendipity and Spice said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just too cute! What a fun craft to do...I'll have to remember this for when Logan is older! Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!
Melissa

Kassi Mortensen said... Best Blogger Tips

I have a nephew that would go CRAZY for something like this! Such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays this last week!
~Kassi @ Truly Lovely

Kathryn Pepper said... Best Blogger Tips

I need to make one of these for my little helper! Thanks so much for linking your awesome projects to Cutesy Monday!

XO! Kathryn
destinationcraft.blogspot.com

Q @ JAQS said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a great idea. Love!

Love for you to share this at my Wednesday's "Made by ME" linky party here:
http://www.jaqsstudio.com/2012/02/made-by-me-20-linky-party.html

One Artistic Lady said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! My son loves tools - I may have to do this :) Just found your blog on Serendipity and Spice!

lifewithmyblessings said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this. I'm thinking of copying it and making it a "spy gadget" belt instead of a tool belt. My son loves to play secret agent and has all these spy gadgets. This could work! Thanks!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Our Pinteresting Family Thank you, Megan! Happy to have you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Earning My Cape Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Allison {A Glimpse Inside} They sure do! Thank you so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@folkhaven Yay!! Hope you get to make one, too!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill @ KitchenFunWithMy3Sons.com Thanks so much for the invite!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mama Jodi Awesome!! Have fun!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sewing for Utange Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Danielle Thanks, Danielle!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Erin Thanks, Erin!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Renonda Thanks!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Lolly Jane Aw, thank you!! Have fun!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kara @ Mine for the Making Thank you, Kara!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Deana Thanks for stopping by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jessica Kielman For sure! My daughter likes to wear them when they're not playing with them, too!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill Thank you, Jill!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Sarah They sure do come in handy!! Thanks for the invite!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jill @Two Yellow Birds Decor That's great!! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Charlene@APinchofJoy Thanks so much! They sure do love the pockets!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Pam Thank you so much!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kimberly @ See Sew and Seedlings Thank you!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Serendipity and Spice Thanks!! Have fun with yours!

Kaysi said... Best Blogger Tips

This is AWESOME!!! I love this! I'll be featuring this next week on KIS!

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness...adorable! Thanks so much for linking these up!

Katie Goldsworthy said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute!!! Now they're ready to help you with some DIY!!!

Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

--Katie

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kaysi Thank you so much, Kaysi!! I'll be sure to check it out!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jenny Thank you!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Katie Goldsworthy Thanks, Katie!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I hope you will share with us again this week!

Pam said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Victoria, I've featured your Toddler Tool Belt today...
http://threadingmyway.blogspot.com/2012/03/threading-your-way-features.html

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

these looks cute! we are featuring it today. we hope to see you again this week!

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so glad to see something made for boys. I know I seem to overlook my son and make more stuff for my girls. The tool belts turned out great - wish my son were still little so I could make him one.
Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.
Rachel
adventuresofadiymom.blogspot.com

Becolorful said... Best Blogger Tips

oh this is so cute. your little guy has to love this. I am so pleased that you linked it up to BeColorful and I agree with the above comment that it is fun to see boy stuff out here.
Have a great week,
pam

Kim @ Too Much Time said... Best Blogger Tips

I haven't been over to visit for a while but WOWZERS! This tool belt absolutely rocks and my son would do stoked forone. I just need to refine my sewing skills..hehehe

I am following you with Linky Follower now, so I will be able to keep up with ya!

Kim
http://too-much-time.com

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

These are awesome and the tutorial is so easy to follow. My son is the same age as your boys and he would love one of these. Thanks for sharing. You are being featured this week at Lines Across. http://linesacrossmyface.blogspot.com/2012/03/cure-for-common-monday-30.html

Jenn Erickson said... Best Blogger Tips

It was an outstanding week of talent at Rook No. 17. Thank you for being a part of the creative energy and spirit that gives “A Little Birdie Told Me…” wings. Hope to see you again at this week’s party!

Jenn

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Carrie Thanks for stopping by!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@PamThanks again for the feature!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@ToSewWith Love Thanks again for the feature!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rachel Thanks, Rachel! It's true, it's always hard to find fun projects for boys!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Becolorful Thanks, Pam!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Kim @ Too Much Time Thanks, Kim! So glad to have you following along!!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Rachel Hope you get to make one for your little guy too! Thanks!

Vixen said... Best Blogger Tips

@Jenn Erickson Thanks, Jenn!!

ToSewWith Love said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi, girl! TSWL's finest of March Final round starts today, make sure to tell everyone you're one of the finalist so they can vote for you!