Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Father's Day Tool Belt Gift

I made this last year and thought I would share with you this year since I think it's such a great idea for a Father's Day gift. I saw the idea on split coast stampers and had to make one, or two, or three. I did find the instructions to be a little vague, so I will show you detailed instructions. I used 2- 8 1/2 x 11 sheets, a 12 x 12 would work as well. Cut the paper to 7 5/8" x 10 1/4"
With the 7 5/8" at the top use your scoring blade and score 1" from the edge, do this on both sides.
Flip the paper with the 10 1/4" side at the top, score 4 1/2" from each side, this will give you a 1" bottom.
Cut to the fold lines where your scoring meets, do this on both sides.
At this point, this is what it should look like.
Using your second piece of 8 1/2 x 11 or the scraps of your 12 x 12, cut:

1- 1" x 10 7/8 - this will be the top on the front of the box.
1- 1" x 5 5/8" - this is the top on the back of the box (it will cover the top as it comes around the back of the box)
2- 3/4" x 2 1/4" - these are the side loops.
1 -1/4" x 5 5/8" - this is for the bottom on the front of the box.
1- 1/4" x 10 7/8" - this is for the bottom on the back of the box (it will cover the bottom as it comes around the back of the box.
3 - 1 1/2" x 2" - pockets

Take the pocket pieces and using a circle punch punch half a circle, giving it a pocket effect.
I did two different texture techniques and will show how they both turned out at the end of the tutorial. The first one I sprayed water onto my paper or you could use put the paper under the faucet, just be careful not to over saturate.
Crumpled it into a ball carefully and then open it carefully.
Then I used my iron and ironed the paper. When I ironed the paper, I folded the tabs that I scored under and it gave it a crisp fold and was great when putting it together.
I used my ink pad and rubbed it all over the paper.
Do this technique to all of your pieces.
I then used my sewing machine and sewed around all of the edges on my pieces (not the box part).
I then punched my holes for the brads or eyelets, I used both.
I then glued the front top piece, the pockets and the front bottom piece to the box.
Using my paper piercing tool I used the holes as my guide, since I don't have a hole punch that would fit across the box.
I then sewed on the belt loops, when I sewed them I moved over a little bit so that when the box was folded my sew line would not interfere with the fold. I then added my brads. When doing the eyelets, I decided to sew the pockets right onto the front so they wouldn't fall off.
This is what it looks like to this point.
Now glue everything together. I started with the side tabs, then wrapped the front top to the back and added the back piece and added the brads, then I wrapped the front bottom piece and added the back piece and added the brads. (I didn't take a picture of the back, but I put three brads on the top and the bottom pieces, to make it look uniform with the front).
There it is - all ready to fill with his favorite treats.
I crinkled up newspaper and filled it with goodies. I LOVE the little pockets. I thought it would be fun to add a little cash in one of the pockets, then he can get what ever his little heart desires. (well for as far as the money goes . . . he, he).


1 comment:

  1. Super cute. I love that website - so many great ideas.

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