Midwinter Merriment: Sew a Simple Garden Tool Belt

Here it is – a countdown til spring. From now until the first day of spring, I will post ways to make the dreary days of midwinter a little more merry.

Day 16: Sew yourself a sassy garden tool belt.

IMG_3924This project comes from one of the first garden books that got me started, You Grow Girl by Gayla Trail. It’s full of information and projects for the hip girl gardener. I made my first garden tool belt over four years ago and it’s dirty, but still going strong. It was time for a change though. You should make one too – it’s easy!

fabricCut out two pieces of fabric, 20in x 16in. One of the fabrics should be a heavy-weight fabric (interior decorator weight) and the other should be a cotton fabric for the lining.

Right_Sides_TogetherRestitchPin the right sides together and stitch along all four sides, leaving a small opening in the middle of one of the 20 inch long sides.

TurnUsing the small opening you left for yourself, turn the fabric, which is now sewn together, right side out. Press the edges flat.

ReinforceSew a 1/4 seam down the edge of one of the 20 inch sides. This will be the top edge of our pocket.

pocketNow, we’re going to create a large pocket. Lay the fabric lining side up and fold the fabric up to create a pocket. Leave about two inches of lining showing at the top. Stitch a 1/4 seam up each one of the sides to secure it in place.

Small_PocketsNext, divide the large pocket into several smaller pockets like a tool belt. Simply sew a straight line up from the bottom to the lining where you want a pocket.

ribbonThe last thing you need to do is make a belt for your pockets. You’ll need about 2 yards of 1 1/2 in ribbon or cotton twill tape. Position the middle of the ribbon at the middle of the top, long edge. Fold the ribbon over the edge, pin in place, and stitch to secure it in place. Fold over a small edge at the end of the ribbon and stitch in place. Repeat with the other side.

belt3Tie around your waist, don yourself with tools and seeds and get gardening!

Like I said this book is a super fun, approachable gardening guide. I can’t recommend it enough!

Day 17: A class that keeps on giving!
Day 18: Buy yourself some flowers.
Day 19: Go to the park and play!
Day 20: Plant peas (and sign up for my free newsletter!)
Day 21: Take a gardening class.
Day 22:Plant bare root.
Day 23: Sign up for Seattle Seedling’s Spring Fling!
Day 24: Plant primroses.
Day 25: Get yourself a doughnut and make it “for here.”
Day 26: Frequent the Farmers’ Market
Day 27: Eat Root Vegetables Disguised as Cake!
Day 28: Be a Garden Show Goer.
Day 29: Drink more hot chocolate.
Day 30: Create a springtime “advent” calendar.

8 thoughts on “Midwinter Merriment: Sew a Simple Garden Tool Belt

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  4. kara

    Love this! I tend to shove gloves in my back pocket when I’m not using them, which leads to gloves being dropped all over the yard. This is much handier (and super cute)!


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