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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Toddler Belt

K is tiny. Tiny as in at over 3 years old, he still fits into 18 month pants. I get asked if my boys are twins because they are close enough to the same size.
Those 18 month pants are getting a little short, but anything bigger hangs off his hips and he’s always pulling them up. My solution? Make him a belt. DSCN3077 These can be hand or machine sewn. I sewed mine by hand just to see if I could, and you can!
All you need is:
  • Nylon belting; 1 inch wide. I wrapped mine around K’s waist and added enough to fold back 7 inches to give room for growth…if he ever does :)
  • One 1 inch D ring.
  • Sew on velcro
  • Lighter or match
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine.
1. Cut the belting to desired length. Mine is 28 inches long. Round one end so it can feed through belt loops easier. Hold a lighter close enough to the ends of the belt to melt them so they won’t fray. Hold it there only long enough to see the edges barely melt.
2. Loop the end of the belt through the D ring and fold over about an inch. Sew securely by hand or with machine. DSCN3070 3. On the rounded end, sew about 4 inches of the hook side (or pokey side) of the velcro onto your belt. DSCN3071 4. Place about 10 inches of the loop side (or soft side) of velcro flush with the hook side, and sew on. DSCN3072 Done! K loves this. He searches his drawer every morning for pants with belt loops so he can wear his belt. The velcro is easy for him to undo (crucial with potty training!), and he can even hook the belt through the D ring on his own. The end can fold back over the belt loops to make it even easier for kids to undo and I can hardly see the extra velcro there. DSCN3073 Super easy!
If you want to see another cute toddler belt, head over to From the Hive for some more ideas!
PS I learned through this belt that my head is bigger than K’s waist. I would have never thought…but then I’m horrible at proportions! Why did I learn this? My dear husband thought I was making a headband.

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6 comments:

  1. Very cool. You're so creative, I love it! You make me want to make a bunch of things...it just comes so naturally to you! you're blog is really fun. Keep it coming!

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  2. Very creative! I'm hosting some fab giveaways on my blog 3 Boys and an Old Lady.
    http://threeboysandanoldlady.blogspot.com

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  3. All my kids have been Skinny Minnies. Great solution! Years ago I caught our daughter wear her younger brother's shorts! She must have been 10 and he was 5! We finally resorted to buying jeans and shorts that had the tabs on the inside to take up the extra slack when we needed the length. Thankfully these are easier to find now than they were back then.

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  4. oh this is perfect. My little guy needs to be able to pull his own pants down at preschool next year, so pants can't bee too tight... but he can't do his regular belt. TA DA! thanks!

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  5. Thanks for linking up to Tot Tuesdays! I'm totally going to have to use this with my skinny son! I hope you’ll join me again next week for another fantastic party! Have a great week!

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  6. I made a version of this belt after seeing yours. Thanks. I wrote about it and linked to you here. http://mamabeefromthehive.blogspot.com/2010/07/toddler-belt.html

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