DIY – Garden Bucket Tool Belt

When I garden I always carry around a bucket with a handle for weeds or extra soil depending on what I am doing. Several years ago I made a tool belt or apron for the bucket, which is great for holding my pruners, twine and other garden necessities. Today, I’m upgrading it with some of the beautiful duck cloth fabric available in the stores.

Garden Bucket Tool Belt

Learn how to make a great toolbelt for a garden bucket.

Here’s what the original looked like:

Old Tool Belt ~

It’s still pretty functional, but with all the pretty fabric on the market today I thought I’d treat myself to a new one and show you how it’s made.

Tool belt material


3/4-1 yd sturdy fabric (duct or heavy twill, denim)
1.25 yds – 1 inch cotton twill
4 yds -1/2 inch double fold bias tape
2 D rings

The Process

Cut the fabric as shown below:

Garden Bucket Tool Belt Pattern


Sew the bias tape on the small pocket first.

Press 1/4 inch of the sides and bottom of pocket.

Place the pocket on long piece (Part A), face down with bottom edge 2 inches from the edge and sew.

Tool belt pocket


Flip over and top stitch sides. Then sew another line of stitching about 1/3 of the way in to make 2 pockets within the pocket.

Sew bias tape on top of Part A.

Tool belt

Next pin Parts A and B together lining up the bottom edge with the right sides showing.

Pin the top corner of Part B sides to match Part A.

Fold the excess fabric in from the sides at an angle and cut.

Toolbelt pieces

Sew side and bottom edges of Part A to Part B.

Then sew a line of stitching on both sides of the small pocket from the bottom.

Tool belt side 1

Then sew the bias tape all along the sides and bottom.

Repeat with the remaining pieces. (except for the small pocket)

Then attach the two sections together with the 1 inch cotton twill trim at the top leaving enough space between the two pieces to fit around the handles. I used two rows of stitching for stability.

Garden Bucket Tool Belt side

Turn in 1 inch of the end of the trim and sew.

Sew D rings on the other end of the trim and you are finished.

Much prettier, right?

Now I just need to clean my bucket and tools.

Learn how to make a tool belt for a garden bucket which you can use to haul around the garden carrying your tools, seeds and other gardening necessities.



About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. Pam Carlson says:

    Just wanted to let you know I used your tutorial for the garden bucket apron and it turned out fantastic. Can’t wait til spring to use it. I’m here at your website now to reprint the pattern so I can make one for a gardening friend. Thanks so much for posting this. The pattern is very easy to follow. I used double thickness material and used upholstery weight material so it would be really sturdy. and I used some ready made quilt binding that I happened to have on hand for the edging. Thanks again!!

  2. Thank you for posting this tutorial!

  3. Debi Tabor says:

    I am making the Garden Bucket Tool Belt for a gift. It is a wonderful gift for gardeners. I use a bucket like this all the time. After making several for spring gifts, I will make me one.

    Thank you for the guide. Question: did you show a method to cut bias tape? It was a wonderful way to fold a square and cut the tape from left over materials. I was wanting to match the bias tape with the bucket materials. Thanks… Love your blog.

  4. I made this for my husband in one afternoon, it came out so nicely! Very straightforward and glad I could finish it in a few hours. Thanks for a great tutorial! I used denim. A functional gift I know we will both use.


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