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You've seen them at festivals, burns, faires, all kinds of events: a fabric-based utility belt with pockets and D-rings so you don't have to carry a bag, and can have everything you need in a comfortable belt around your waist. I've examined a lot of these, both made commercially and by friends, and believe mine to be one of the more solid designs I've seen. My belt won't sag, fray or come apart in the wash. With this tutorial, you can make your own, using fabrics and colors you like, and adapt as necessary to suit your needs.  Please note suggested dimensions and materials quantities will make a belt up to ladies' XL or mens' Large.  This belt adjusts both at front and back, featuring one flat zippered pocket and one cargo-type pocket.

Skills required: measuring, drawing, cutting, machine- and hand-sewing, setting grommets, inserting zippers

Thanks for taking a look!  Please let me know if you have any questions, or if I can help in any way.  :)

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Step 1: What you will need

Picture of What you will need

Measuring tape
Pen or pencil
Piece of chalk
Roll of wrapping or butcher paper
Paper scissors
Fabric scissors
Sewing machine
Denim machine needles
Zipper foot
Sewing pins
Hand needle
Iron and ironing board
Approx. 1 yd woven cotton fabric for outside and inside (shell)
Approx. 1/2 yd duck cloth/canvas for belt and pocket lining
Approx. 1/2 yd 100% cotton heavy denim for belt lining
One pkg narrow double-fold bias tape (1/4", 4 yds)
Approx. 1/2 yd sew-in hook-and-eye tape
One 7" polyester zipper
8, 1" metal D-rings
2 yds 1" wide polyester webbing
One plastic snap-together adjustable 1" buckle
8 sets 1/4" grommets, and tools
Super glue
One 45" shoelace

tongtongtt1 year ago
This is so awesome! I love the design and the practicality of this. I will definitely have to make this for Art Outside next year, thanks for sharing!
danibees (author)  tongtongtt1 year ago
Thank you so much! I looked up Art Outside, sounds like my kind of event! I hope you enjoy what you make, and I'd love to see pics eventually.
As soon as I get a sewing machine, I'm making one of these. Now... where's the Halloween fabric??
danibees (author)  Spookeriffic1 year ago
Oh right on!! You remind me I have some Hello Kitty Halloween fabric I've been dying to use. :)
That's very cool *and* practical! Nice work on the 'ible, too!

Yeah, this one is definitely coming to the attention of the skilled-with-a-needle GF. She's got knives, flashlights, key chain tools... who knows what in her pockets (probably best that I don't know what). I could see her putting this belt to work in her workplace and beyond.

Anyway, a great idea very well executed. Batman reference here.
danibees (author)  Uncle Kudzu1 year ago
Thank you kindly!!! It was a learning experience, documenting every step. I hope your GF enjoys making her own!
So cute! I've been thinking I need an utility belt!
danibees (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
Thanks! Let me know if you make one, I'd love to see pics!