Make Your Own Multi-Purpose Gardening Tool Belt!
Time to get the garden back up to scratch again? No problem! This handy wrap provides a great way to keep all your gardening essentials safely stored away when they’re not in use, and also doubles up as a gardening tool belt when spring rolls back around and it’s time to tackle those weeds! You’ll never have to scrabble around at the back of the shed for lost spades and gloves with this handy little storage solution!
Time it Takes to Make: 3-4hrs
Skill Level: Intermediate
You Will Need:
- Sewing Machine
- Natural Flax Linen Fabric
- Fat Quarter
- Bias Binding Tape
- Sewing thread
- Hook and loop (velcro)
- Sewing Scissors
Start by finding a wicker basket with a handle. Measure the height, and circumference of the basket.
Cut a rectangle of fabric approximately 3 inches bigger in length and width than your basket measurement. For example, my basket measured 37” (circumference) x 7” (height) so I have cut my fabric to 40” x 9”. This will be the base of the wrap with an overlap of approximately 1”.
Cut another rectangle of fabric to make the pocket as deep as you would like the pockets
to be, and as long as you would like the pockets to go along the base. Allow enough fabric so that you can pleat the fabric to make the pockets. (I have used a patterned fabric for the pockets. This was a fat quarter that I cut 2 strips from, and joined to make it longer.)
Add binding to the pocket fabric.
Now we’re going to make our pockets. Fold in 1/4” of each end of the pocket fabric, and press. Lay the pocket fabric on top of the base fabric with both right sides up. Line the bottom of both fabrics together with the pocket fabric 2” from one end, and pin. Now continue to pin along the fabric to create tubes, and pin in place. Make free with whatever pocket sizes you fancy!
Once you’re happy with your individual pocket sizes, simply run a line of stitching up each
pin line to create your open-bottomed pockets.
I wanted a neat look for my pockets, so I pressed the pockets into flat pleats.
To close the bottom of the pockets I added binding to the bottom edge.
Fold in 1/4” of each end and top of the base fabric, then press. Run a line of stitching to hide the raw edge.
Now position some velcro fastening on the ends of the base (one will need to be on the right side of the fabric and the other on the wrong side of the fabric) and stitch into place.
Fold in the top edge about 1”, then wrap the base around the basket, checking that the fabric does not hang over the top of the basket.
Now with a fabric pen, make a mark where the basket handles are.
Open out the fabric and, where you have made your marks, pin some ribbon or closed binding, and stitch in to place. You will need enough ribbon or closed binding to tie a bow around the basket handles.
To make a channel to thread some ribbon through to use as a tie, fold in the top edge about 1”. Check the height against your basket, then stitch into place, and thread some ribbon.
I decided to add some ribbon to tie my tools into my tool wrap, and it looks so pretty!
Now your gardening tool belt is complete… those weeds can’t be put off any longer!
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