March 5, 2010

Toolbelt By Charlie

This morning Charlie helped me sew this fabulous toolbelt! We used a toolbelt tutorial from one of my favorite blogs, Make It and Love It.

Charlie chose the fabric for his toolbelt last week. He also helped me measure and cut out the pieces, which is why the pattern on the fabric is oriented the wrong way. Ooops. (Also, Charlie chose his own outfit this morning, just so you know.)

Charlie's interest in my rotary cutter was bordering on dangerous, so I distracted him with a tracing wheel and some scrap fabric I had nearby while I finished cutting.

Apparently that scrap fabric really grew on him because he insisted on incorporating it into the toolbelt as the hammer loop. This was the first piece he sewed - my machine has an automatic feature so that you can sew with a push of a button instead of the foot pedal. I rarely use this feature because old habits die hard and the foot pedal just feels more natural to me. Charlie really liked the button, though.

Next Charlie sewed the bias tape (yes, bias tape again!) onto the top of the pocket.

He also used the foot pedal for a while while I steered.

And this is what we came up with! To be honest, I'm a little bit obsessed with the design on the fabric going the wrong way. But, I'm trying to get over it. I'm so happy that Charlie had fun sewing it and that there were no injuries as a result!

Charlie is delighted with his first sewing project! And, I love that he still has a death-grip on the tracing wheel and marking chalk. He actually wanted to put those into his toolbelt! Atta-boy!!


  1. That's awesome! My son would love that!

  2. What a great Mom and Son project. I can't wait until my little guy is old enough for tools (and hey, maybe I'll understand my sewing machine by then!). My MIL made us a set of pillowcases for a gift one year and they're very pretty, flying geese and clouds, all restful. EXCEPT the geese are going the wrong way! If you lay the pillow across the bed like a pillow goes the geese are flying into the ground. It drives me crazy!