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

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Use the latest version of Adobe Reader with print settings for Actual Size and Landscape.  Print the first page first to test the 2″ x 2″ square to make sure the sizing is correct before printing out all the other pages.

How to make the running belt with pouch

There are four layers of fabric and four zippers to attach.  I have labeled all the pieces so I will be asking you to join pieces #____ with pieces #____.  Cut 3″ off the elastic and put aside.  You will need this later.  Label all your pieces on the back with a Frixion pen or a fabric pencil.  There is no need to purchase bias tape as you can make your own continuous bias tape using this free tutorial.

The follow the steps below in the sequence described.  I suggest you label the pattern pieces on the back of the fabric so you do not get lost.  We will start to work from the back (close to the body) to the front.

Step One: Joining pieces #9 to #8

Lay the 6″ zipper facing up.

If your elastic has a print like mine, place the print right side up, over the metal stopper of the zipper.

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Place piece #8 print side up and align it with the top end of the 6″ zipper.

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Using your zipper foot and sewing as close to the teeth as possible, sew from the bottom of the zipper to the top.  It is easier in that direction.

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Print side down, place piece #9 on the right side of the zipper.  Sew using your zipper foot as above.

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This is what you should have by now.

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Step Two: Joining piece #7 with #8

Place the second 6″ zipper right side up.

Sew piece #7 to the left side of the zipper as above.  Align the top of the zipper with the top of the fabric.  The print side of the fabric should face down.

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Step Three: Adding one side of the buckle

You will need the 3″ elastic piece that we and the female side of the buckle.

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Thread the 3″ elastic piece through the buckle and place it elastic on top of the zipper buckle towards the fabric.

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Take it to the machine and sew as close to the teeth of the zipper as possible.

Sew piece #8 to the right side of the zipper.  Align the fabric to the top of the zipper.

Add pieces print side down #9 and #8 (with the long elastic strap).  Both pieces of elastic are effectively under piece #8.

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Open the zipper to make it easier to sew.  Sew.

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This is what you should have by now.

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Teresa
Teresa

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!

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Pritha Maharaj
Pritha Maharaj

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

leigha
leigha

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

Elara
Elara

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?

Elara
Elara
Reply to  Elara

Still hoping for help on this

Taffy
Taffy

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

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GrrannyH
GrrannyH

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

Sue Polmateer
Sue Polmateer

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

Patricia Kirkham
Patricia Kirkham

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

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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!

Liz
Liz

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

Dawn Tenneson
Dawn Tenneson

Thank you so much for an awesome pattern!

Christine Bennett
Christine Bennett

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!!

Imajean Yuss
Imajean Yuss

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?

Imajean Yuss
Imajean Yuss
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

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?

Imajean Yuss
Imajean Yuss
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

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?

Elara
Elara
Reply to  Imajean Yuss

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.

Ishka McNulty
Ishka McNulty

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

Petra
Petra

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.

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Reply to  Petra

What a great use for this design. Thanks for sharing the idea.

Jean
Jean

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.

Malin
Malin
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

Cant find how to download the pattern. Thanks for help.
Malin, Sweden

Evelyn Houska
Evelyn Houska

I am unable to see the’button” to access the running belt travel belt pattern. Please be more specific. Thank you. evelynhouska77@gmail.com

MPaula Whelan
MPaula Whelan

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

NatalieF
NatalieF

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

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

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?

Patti Proffer
Patti Proffer

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!!

Brenda Jerles
Brenda Jerles

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.

robynd

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.

Margie from Texas
Margie from Texas

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.

Cheryl Vogt
Cheryl Vogt

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?

mixedupmax
mixedupmax

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

Vickie Howell
Vickie Howell

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

Vickie Howell
Vickie Howell
Reply to  Mayra Cecilia

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

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Reply to  Vickie Howell

Hi Vickie, are you talking about your password on Craftsy? There shouldn’t be any other passwords involved in this download, only Craftsy. You can get there by clicking the orange button in the box right at the top of this page: https://so-sew-easy.com/running-belt-money-belt-travel-belt/2/

Vickie Howell
Vickie Howell
Reply to  Vickie Howell

I got the pattern by signing in with facebook. Thanks so much for all the help.

Vickie

Tesa Fox
Tesa Fox

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

Beth Morrow
Beth Morrow

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!!

Jeretta
Jeretta

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

Gina

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! 🙂

Victoria
Victoria

“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!

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Reply to  Victoria

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.