Last Updated on March 9, 2021
A tool belt is a great assistance to organize your tools and allow you to find out required ones easily in the worksites. A technician and tradesman know truly how important a tool belt is in their work. These tool carriers save your valuable time and improve the overall output. For any contractor, a tool belt will be a handy tool carrying option.
As a tool geek or an avid DIY enthusiast, you may be wondering about how to design your own tool belt and pouch. Don’t worry, we’re ready to guide you in this regard. Actually, you’ll find lots of methods online that can mislead you from the goal. So, stay with us for getting the exact guidelines!
How to Design Your Own Tool Belt and Pouch
Designing a tool belt isn’t a very hard job. You just need some basic tools and follow a few steps to complete the job. In this article, we’ll explain the processes of building your own leather tool belt and pouches. Let’s go for the elaborate description.
Step 1: Gathering Materials and Tools
The most required tools need for designing a leather tool belt are-
- Leather sheet
- Leather hole punch
- Leather mallet
- Synthetic thread
- Leather dye
- Hammer holster
- Sewing machine
- Cutting tools
- Metal buckles
- Measuring tape
You have to purchase most of these materials, tools, and accessories. After gathering all the necessary things, it’s time for planning on how you build your own tool belt. One of the major parts of that is creating the template.
Step 2: Creating Template
Before starting designing, you must create patterns or find out online templates for each part so that you can easily design your own leather tool belt. For each part, you need three dimensions i.e. length, width, and depth. According to pocket shape, you have to create the pattern.
In this stage, you need to think about how many pockets and pouches you are going to design. If you can’t manage any pattern you should take an old tool bag and measure all the parts and make your own template.
Now, your task is to prepare the leather sheet for designing.
Step 3: Make Leather Sheet Ready
Firstly, clean the leather sheet with a wet cloth. Dirt and debris may be accumulated over there. If they feel rough, make it smooth with the sandpaper. But don’t make them too thin, otherwise, they will be worn at a small weight of tool or hole will form at prodding.
Then, soak the leather in water for 30 minutes. But, never let them soak for more than an hour as they might be dumped and you can’t craft your design correctly.
Next, you have to draw lines in the sheet and cut them in the right dimensions.
Step 4: Marking and Cutting into Pieces
With the help of patterns, you need to mark in the leather sheet and cut them into pieces according to your need. Start with marking in the leather sheet for making your tool belt.
If your waist size is 39 inches, it is recommended to take its length at least 8 inches more and belt width should be at least 2 inches wide. You know, the narrow belt creates discomfort in loaded conditions.
For example, you want a 47 inches long and 3 inches wide belt. Mark in the leather sheet with any marking tools or pencil. In this case, your old belt may help for easy marking. Then cut the piece with any cutting tool such as a knife, scissor, etc. Sometimes you may need an angled box cutter to cut the thick leather.
Similarly, you can mark and cut all parts for pouches and pockets. Typically, the tool belt consists of different pockets pouches with dissimilar sizes. For instance, the big pockets are 20 inches long and 8 inches wide. The small pockets size maybe 3 inches by 2 inches. Usually, pockets come with square or fold shape. It totally depends on your choice.
So, you cut all the pieces. Now, you have to complete these parts.
Step 5: Add Necessary Features with Tool Belt
After cutting the belt, you need to curve one side permanently. Make a hole with the punch machine and wet a rivet for making a curved end. Before riveting don’t forget to set metal buckles there. Make sure, you have created a few holes to fasten the belt with buckles depending upon your waist fitting. To create holes, you can use the leather punch.
Now, wear the tool belt and check for a while whether it’s appropriate or not.
Step 6: Joining Tool Pockets and Pouches
Normally, you need two pouches and at least 10 different pockets for storing the stuff. You’ve already cut the pockets and pouches parts. Now start assembling the pockets. At first, join the largest pockets then attach the smaller pockets over the big pockets. Then stitch them with synthetic or nylon thread.
Depending upon your necessity, flap over the pocket or make the pocket open. Assure that you are using hard and thick leather for the open pocket. Then, roll the leather over the mouth of pockets and stitch them using threads. You can use wood blocks to ease the folding or rolling the pockets.
The flapped pockets allow small tools such as nails, screws, and small tools. On the other hand, open pockets can store large tools. If you don’t want to add many large pockets in the belt, you can add small flapped pockets over the large open pockets that will save the space. You need steel buttons to make the flap pockets workable.
Now, you need holster and hooks to add larger tools.
Step 7: Holster and Hooks Designing
Typically, the holster is used for holding a hammer and made of steel or wood. You need to purchase the holster, but you can also make them using leather to hold the hammer temporarily. Sew the holsters with a belt using durable fabric or nylon. Never attach them in front of your leg as it will create discomfort while walking. Always put them to the side.
You also need a few hooks for hanging large tools. To do so, you’ve to cut the leather and make several hooks and add them with the belt. For storing tape measure, you can add a tape measure clip with the upper part of the pouch. If you want, you can also add handles with the pouches.
Let’s start assembling all the parts together.
Step 8: Attaching The Parts
After completing the belt and pouches construction, you have to connect them through strings. Make sure you add them on both sides for perfect balancing. You might sit for a while at the working situation, so don’t add pouches at the backside.
If you are a right-handed man, fix the main pouch on your dominant side. For left-handed men, this will be the opposite of easy and convenient tools access. Then, attach the hooks with the belt by glue but you can stitch them in the belt for making them more durable.
After joining all the tool belt parts together, wear the belt and check if everything is okay or not. If it’s perfect, give a proper finish to all the edges and uneven sections with sandpaper.
Step 9: Dyeing and Finishing
Now, you can improve the belt with the desired dye such as dark color, wooden texture, tan color, etc. If you want, you can also add text, shapes, or burn the surface according to your choice. To insert any shape, you should use carbon paper on the surface. This is a good idea to use permanent color to paint any shape or you can use a sharp blade to craft in the leather.
So, you have completed all the steps of the tool belt design. Now, check your tool belt fitting. Congratulations!
You can easily make the belt, pockets, pouches, and assemble them within a few hours. But, without knowing the basics of how to design your own tool belt, it becomes a waste of materials and time. This is why we explain the fact so that you can easily build your own tool belt.
Let’s try it and be a successful tool belt DIYer. After completing your project, start organizing your favorite tools!
Adam is a tool geek who just loves making and breaking things. Doing the home improvements works and repairing things with his tools is his favorite past time. He loves to keep his tools arranged and sorted. On this blog, he shares his experience and knowledge.