Running belt, travel belt or money belt with pouch- FREE pattern & tutorial

running beltHere'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 you most important valuables safe (passport, ID, credit cards, cash, phone) but would make a great accompaniment to an Anti-Pickpocket Bag.

Materials:


Tools:

  • 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

SEE NEXT PAGE BUTTON FOR FREE PATTERN DOWNLOAD AND FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

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29 Responses to Running belt, travel belt or money belt with pouch- FREE pattern & tutorial

  1. NatalieF says:

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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.

  4. Brenda Jerles says:

    Myra,
    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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!!
    Chris

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Jeretta says:

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

  13. 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 🙂

  14. 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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