Running Belt, Travel Belt or Money Belt with Pouch- FREE Pattern & Tutorial

running belt

Here's a pattern for a running belt with pockets and an elasticized adjustable strap so you can tailor it to any waist size.  This pouch could also be called a money belt, travel belt or sports belt.  Place the pouch on your front or back and cover it with a T-shirt and no one will know it is there.  There is enough room for a big phone, money, keys and even coins.  Keep your valuables safe while at the gym, jogging or traveling.

money belt

I have come up with a new scheme for making excuses not to exercise.  My gym wear does not have enough pockets.  That's it!  When I am in the gym, I worry about my phone, the locker key, the earphones, and money.  The thing is that all these items plus the towel leave me with the annoying habit of picking and dropping my small baggage every time I change machines.  How annoying!  I guess I could put all that in the locker and concentrate on doing a workout, but nothing is more boring to me than repeating a motion in 3 sets, just to move to another machine and do the same.  So, I need music to avoid quitting within the first 30 minutes of my workout.  The funny part of this scheme is that I have begun to avoid walking the dog too.  And guess why? Again, I don't have enough pockets…  I need a change of attitude, so this new pattern is the way I'm going to do it!

Fabric scraps are ideal for this project. Probably the best fabric for this project is nylon taffeta rated at 190T.  I can only dream getting my hands on this though where I live.  You may have better luck.  By the way, this is Pattern #6 in our New Workout Wardrobe series.

travel belt

If you're planning to do some traveling this summer, this money belt would not only help keep your most important valuables safe (passport, ID, credit cards, cash, phone) but would make a great accompaniment to an Anti-Pickpocket Bag.



  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Zipper foot
  • Fabric pencil or Frixion pen

Skill Level:

Confident Beginner:  must know how to attach bias tape and follow instructions.

Pattern layout


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71 Responses to Running Belt, Travel Belt or Money Belt with Pouch- FREE Pattern & Tutorial

  1. Teresa says:

    Thank you for the lovely pattern! I made one yesterday, but it’s not quite right. I really struggled with Step #5. I may wait for a video the make next one. The pictures are excellent, but not quite enough. It gets a bit complicated with all the layer, lol.

    Thank you again for the pattern. I have recently discovered your Youtube channel and I’m loving it!

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Thank you for your feedback Teresa, you are not the only one that has said this is very confusing pattern, i will have to upgrade the level to advance. Yes a video would make it better but they are so hard to make. But, I am on it…

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  3. Pritha Maharaj says:

    Hi Mayra. I am new to your site and absolutely love your patterns especially the Running Belt tutorial. I am unfortunately unable to download the pattern as I’m asked for a coupon code. Please help. Regards

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Hi Pritha, I never asked for any coupon code, not sure where you are getting that from, can you send me a screenshot so I can see what this is about?

  4. leigha says:

    I am having trouble attaching piece #6
    I don’t understand which side zipper to attach it to

    • Mayra Cecilia says:

      Yes I can see why you would get confused. Please work backward and label the pieces. After you have flipped your work place Piece #6 over #8. You are working on the second layer now.

  5. Elara says:

    I’m having trouble attaching #4 and #3. #4 and #5 are supposed to be cut out of the same pattern piece and therefore be the same size. However, #5 attaches to the bottom edge of the zipper tape while #4 attaches to the top edge of the same zipper tape. Once sewn, #4 is too short and doesn’t reach to the bottom of the belt so it’s not aligned with the other pieces. What’s the fix?

  6. Taffy says:

    I just completed my money belt. It was fun to make and I will use it on an upcoming trip to Northern Europe.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Taffy, have a lovely vacation, how about a picture of yourself with some spectacular backdrop of your chosen destination in Europe for this post?

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  8. GrrannyH says:

    Thanks for the pattern. From the photos, I am guessing this finishes at about 11 x 7 inches?

  9. Sue Polmateer says:

    I think this is a great item to have. It frees up your hands when shopping or traveling.

  10. Patricia Kirkham says:

    great pattern. How do I obtain the tutorial for the instructions to make. I have already downloaded the pattern.

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Patrica, you can just follow the instructions from the website. It works well if you have an iPad or some form of a tablet. Otherwise, you can use a laptop. Happy sewing!

  11. Liz says:

    This looks great thank you so much. Can the vertical zips be undone whilst the belt is fastened?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I did that un purpose to stop pickpockets. Depends how tight your belt is, you need to push your fingers inside to be able to do it. I have never been robbed with this belt.

  12. Dawn Tenneson says:

    Thank you so much for an awesome pattern!

  13. Christine Bennett says:

    This is exactly what I am looking for for an upcoming trip to Europe!! Can’t wait to get it cutout and sewn!! Thank you!!

  14. Imajean Yuss says:

    Thank you for this pattern. It looks like the elastic is covering the top of the zippers on the two front pockets. Is that correct? Seems like that would make it difficult to unzip and get stuff out of those two pockets without removing the belt completely. I’m hoping for a money belt I can wear under my clothes and just hike up my shirt and get things out any pocket without having to remove it. Will that work?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      The two little pockets are good for a folded bill,a card or perhaps one key nothing else. I use it to hide emergency cash and my house key. You can easily modify it by sewing the elastic so it exposes the head of the zipper. (I tend to be paranoid about leaving the house without a key and a bit of cash)The pocket with the zippers in read is where you can stash money and a phone. It lays flat which is what I was looking for, if you want more bulk check out the belted pouch it looks good both in fabric and vynil. Hope that answers you question.

      • Imajean Yuss says:

        Thanks for the reply. I’m now at the point where “piece #6 will be placed on top of #8. Align with the straight edges and the zipper tape.” The photo directly below that instruction shows the number 5 written on the back of the fabric (not #6). Also, my piece #6 extends all the way over piece 8 to the left edge of the second zipper. In your photo, it only covers piece 9 up to the zipper on the right. (hope that made sense). What am I doing wrong?

        • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

          It looks like you have labeled the pieces incorrectly, could you go back and look at what you have done? You need to work backwards from piece #9.

          • Imajean Yuss says:

            Thanks. I figured it out and finished the belt. I was taking the instructions a bit too literally. One more question though. On the page of the PDF that has instructions for printing the pattern, there is the following instruction:
            “Also note that you will need to cut two straps at 4 inches by 22 inches, for which no pattern piece is supplied – it’s just a rectangle! You can draw the straps on the reverse of your fabric to cut.”

            I cut those pieces in addition to the pattern pieces as instructed, but never used them. I didn’t see anywhere in the instructions where it called for them and my belt is complete. For future reference, where were they supposed to be used?

          • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

            Hi Imajean, thanks for letting me know, I sometimes recycle the template of the instructions. That is why I no longer add the instructions on the PDF. I don’t think anyone understand how long a pattern take to make and share for free. Happy that the belt pattern worked out for you. Now you have material for a pair of handles for a tote bag. I have a few patterns around, for free as well. Hope you have enough fabric for a tote bag.

          • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

            yes that was a mistake on the making of the PDF, I have a VA and sometimes she takes another template of a post and used it but forgets to take this line of. I will amend the post so people will know they are not supposed to cut this straps. Don’t worry though the strips are the perfect length to make a very nice pair of bag straps.

        • Elara says:

          Perhaps Imajean was looking at the numbers that printed on the pattern pieces. In at least two cases, those are not the pattern piece numbers.

  15. Ishka McNulty says:

    Thanks for the pattern I really love it as it stays so flat when on, easy to wear over or under clothes. Made mine out of medium weight cotton fabric. Not much choice where I bought the elastic banking but looks OK. I do find that I can’t put heavy things in it or it pulls down – maybe need a firmer elastic but that’s OK works for money & cards and I don’t even notice it when wearing it. Photos here You mention at the end to bar-tack somewhere but you don’t say or show where

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Ishka, you tack where the elastic meets the fabric to make sure the elastic won’t move up and down when you run. It is very nice the belt you have made, and yes it is only for carrying the phone, some coins and bill or cards while you are running.

  16. Petra says:

    I made this belt for my 2 1/2 years old grandson, so he can take his dinky toys everywhere he goes.
    Thanks from the Netherlands.

  17. Jean says:

    This pattern turned out really well! I used narrower bias tape and cut two of piece number one because I wanted a bright colored lining for the back zipper pocket. Thank you, Mayra, for the nice pattern.

  18. Evelyn Houska says:

    I am unable to see the’button” to access the running belt travel belt pattern. Please be more specific. Thank you.

  19. MPaula Whelan says:

    I thought you might find it amusing to know that the acetate fabric at is $66.46 for a metre! I would use the fabric from a broken umbrella.

  20. NatalieF says:

    ohh this is just what I need! Thanks so much for the pattern!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    I am possibly overthinking this thing? When I place the consruction of pieces 6-9 on top of piece 5, there is a difference in height of about 1/4″. This corresponds to the broken line on pattern piece 4/5, so I am assuming this is deliberate – but how should I be matching things up?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I sent you an email. Please send me a photo of your work so I know what you mean. Thank you in advance Elizabeth 🙂

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Elizabeth, yes you are right, do not overthink it. The pieces will align better once you sew. The pattern has the seam allowance the (1/4″) included so stacking the pieces on top of another will throw you out a bit. There is a zipper on top of #5. Hope this helps!

  22. Patti Proffer says:

    Thank you for the free pattern I have read through the instructions and have the material I will be using. I just have to get the hardware and the elastic. I grew up with fanny packs, but the ones you can buy in the store now do not fit my very full figure, so making my own and having it be a thinner pack will be great for my travels this summer!!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Enjoy Patti! Enjoy your summer! Do take a picture using the belt no matter where you are, it is still at 13,000 miles from me, so for me will be a treat to see your country.

  23. Brenda Jerles says:

    Have you flossed your tension discs on your machine? There could be thread bits stuck in there. Just use a folded, kind of stiff piece of thinner fabric and run it up and down your tension discs. Or you could use unwaxed dental floss or a crisp dollar bill. Hopefully that will fix your tension issue.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Never thought of that! Trying it as we speak, thank you will let you know if that did the trick.

  24. robynd says:

    Oh yes, I remember fanny packs. Much bulkier. This looks perfect for travel and also for those outfits that don’t have pockets (I just hate that, too!) I know I should just add pockets, but sometimes there is no right spot for them. Thanks for this.

  25. Margie from Texas says:

    Hi Myra, I had that tension issue on my singer sewing machine too. got so frustrated with it that I actually quit sewing for a while. then I remembered the sewing machine shop in town and took it in for a tuneup. for about a third of the cost of the machine it is now running like new again. something I’ll have to do every 2-3 years but is much better than chucking it out and buying a new one.

  26. Cheryl Vogt says:

    Thank you, this is wonderful. I did not get the instruction for the lining part. Do we cut a lining piece from each pattern piece?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      HI Cheryl, there is no lining being used in this travel belt. would you be inquiring about the pleated skirt sewalong?

  27. mixedupmax says:

    Thank you for the pattern and for all the great patterns and tutorials that you generously provide on a regular basis. I love ? your site!!

  28. Vickie Howell says:

    This was perfect timing, my purse was stolen at a store this past week. I want to down load patern but do not see the next page button. (having hard time seeing)
    thanks Vickie

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Vickie, it is on the second page, under the Pinterest button. Enjoy! Sorry about your purse.

      • Vickie Howell says:

        Thanks for your help, I found the down load, but when I try to check out it says my password is invalid (note I’ve tried to reset it twice. Does it have to be something specific(ie: contain numbers or syllable)
        Sorry to be a pest.
        Thanks Vickie

  29. Tesa Fox says:

    About the Tension issue you had, my whole family has brother machines and all have that issue, apparently on brother machines the tension screw in the bottom slowly comes loose and can’t be fully re tightened

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Tesa, I am using a Juki, it is 1.5 years old, it shouldnt be happening so soon. I did not know about the that on Brother Machines, will investigate further.

  30. Beth Morrow says:

    I am starting a walking regimen, and I use my phone for music, to count my steps & my heart rate. I sweat so bad I hate having it on my arm, this will be sooo much better. I like thinner material – not see thru – I’m not there – never will be, but so wind can keep me cool as I do need full body coverage, this will work great to hold my phone a little money 7 maybe I can figure out a way to snap on a water to the band! Thank you!!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      That sounds like a great addition to the belt, do let me know how you improved the belt, I am curious.

  31. Jeretta says:

    I think it is a good idea no matter what you call it!

  32. Gina says:

    Nice item to have! I can see many uses for something like this! Downloading the pattern and will try to make it. Thanks for giving us the free pattern! 🙂

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      You are welcome Gina, please send me a photo of your take on it. I love to see it 🙂

  33. Victoria says:

    “This pouch could also be called a money belt, travel belt or sports belt”

    That’s so funny, when I was growing up, they were called fanny packs!

    • So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Victoria, I certainly grew up with fanny packs as well, but they were generally a bit thicker and not necessarily meant to go smoothly under your t-shirt or another outer garment. This money belt/travel belt/sports belt is much thinner and serves a different purpose than most fanny pack I think. Thanks in any case for the comment and kind regards.

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