Is it difficult to choose the perfect tool belt? Make your own belt easily.
If you cannot find that belt, there is nothing difficult in doing it by yourself.
By the way, this work is an ancient craft of making leather products, which you are now going to do. In a couple of minutes, you will be aware of how to make an exclusive tool belt for every day.
Here we go!
Homemade Tool Belt: Instruments You Will Need During The Work
The fulfillment of this task requires great devotion and a lot of tools. Perhaps you only have construction tools, not sewing. It is not a problem because sewing tools are sold in any specialized store.
I have no supernatural abilities and I do not foresee the future, but I see you will need a cloth.
You can use jeans canvas, suede, or leather. Based on the size of your waist, take about 9 ounces of material.
But remember, the thicker the canvas you use, the thicker needles need to be. So, the leather requires the use of special needles on the skin.
The main part should hold onto something, so you need a belt. You can buy a construction belt or use any old belt that you might have in your closet.
You also need a couple of leather holders that will serve as loops. Take the leather, measuring tape and chalk or a water-soluble pencil for marking on the material.
At the same time, we need scissors and a knife, up to 6 rivets and a rivet setter to fix it. And yes, you need a sewing machine and an ultra-strong thread.
You can use a roll shaver, an edge bevel, a leather puncher.
Choose the Material
The choice of material determines the amount of time that your new tool belt will serve you.
Accordingly, the durable material will be flexible and will retain the heavyweight of tools e.g. drill machine.
A less durable material can be light initially but will sag because of the severity of the tools and may tear soon.
You can choose one material from several such as nylon, leather, or suede. Apart from the leather, these materials are durable almost the same.
These materials (except for suede) do not absorb oil or moisture. It also holds a heavy load and is flexible and elastic.
Measure Your Size
Measuring the size of your waist is necessary to cut out the parts of the tissue of the required size.
A simple measuring tape will help to make the necessary measurements. You need to wrap the measuring tape once in the place where the belt will be; it can be directly the waist or just below.
The number of inches you get after the measurement will be your size. But you will cut out more material than the size you received.
How to Make Your Own Tool Belt Easily?
Cut and Sew Material
Remember the measuring tape I mentioned earlier. With this sewing tool, you need to cut out a piece of material, the size of which will be 27×16 inches.
I take the close dimensions, so there is not enough to pack your tools, take a bigger size.
From the carved piece, take 1 inch to the seams. I recommend ironing this inch, so you will not forget about its existence.
Cutting Out On Details
Now that is time for the chalk or pencil to be used for cutting out other parts (belt, loops, and other pockets).
For a belt, you need two or three strips measuring 1/2 inch to 1 inch of a belt, as well as one 7 inches x 1-inch strip.
There are no complex shapes, you only need rectangles of different sizes; for cutting use a knife or scissors.
Prepare the Tool Belt Basic
To begin, prepare parts of the future tool belt. You have to cut out each piece accordingly to your size. Be sure to add a few inches, as this will be the seams.
So, you need 2 pieces of leather, one of which will be slightly larger than the other. It is needed to hide all the seams and other working moments.
The base of the tool belt should be a thicker piece of material. On the note, the base belt is the side of the pocket that is closer to your body.
Of these two pieces, you must make a kind of package. I will remind you that all the seams are placed on the inside and after you turn out the “package”.
Add a Belt
You will need that part of the tissue that you have prepared for the belt, as well as the loops that will hold the tools. First, sew the tape belts from the back side, leaving one width without a seam.
Then turn the belt to the front side, sewing the remaining width. Now sew the holders to the belt, leaving one half of the holder without a seam (to attach the tools).
If you use the leather as a material, then you need to first punch holes, and then sew it with threads.
Attach the Other Mounting Parts
To the finished belt, you will need to attach the removable buckles, rivets, and buckle to the belt, if you wish. To place the parts, make holes in those parts of the belt where the tools will be.
After that, unite the belt and pocket (or several), sew all the untreated sides of the pockets and in general, your tool belt is ready and now wear tool belt properly before start work.
Honestly, I think that you will not lose, when you will take a ready-made old belt and just make pockets by the principle of making a bag, sewing them together one by one. You can gift a belt to your electrician friend or your beloved child.
Yes, you will have to upgrade the old leather belt, updating it with sturdy holders and loops, but the result and a durable product are worth it.