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

Step Six: Adding piece #4 and #3

Grab piece #3 print side down and lay it on top of the zipper tape.  Place piece #4 print side up under all your work and align with the flat edge.  You will have a sandwich of piece #4 (print side up), the zipper and piece #3.  

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Sew as close to the zipper as you can.  At this point, you should have four layers in total.

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Turn piece #3 print side up and top stitch.

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Back view.

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This is where you should be by now.

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Step Seven:  Adding the last zipper and piece #2 to the rest of the pouch

Place your second 14″ zipper right side up so it opens from right to left.

Place piece #2 print side down on the top edge of the zipper.  Sew and put aside.

Take the belt/pouch piece and fold the seam allowance over the zipper tape.

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Bring back piece #2 and attached zipper.

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Pin the combined pieces to the zipper tape of piece #2 as shown below.

Sew using the zipper foot.

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Step Eight:  Adding piece #1

Place piece #1 print side down and pin the rest of the belt on top.  Pin all around.  Make sure you have the zippers open. 

Stay-stitch 3/8″ all around. 

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Step Nine:  Making the adjustable belt

For this step, we will be using the slider (on right) and the male part of the buckle.

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Pass the decorative elastic band print side up, under and through the first hole of the slider.  Over the bridge and down the other hole.

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Repeat the same procedure with the buckle, under the first hole,

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over the bridge, and out the other hole.

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Hold the buckle with one hand and pull the end of the elastic about half way through and fold back the end to the slider.  Working on the underside of the slider, thread the end of the elastic in through the first hole and out.  Pull towards the buckle and fold the end of the elastic about 1 1/2″.  Sew 1/8″ from the edge a few time to secure the elastic.

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

  1. 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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  3. GrrannyH says:

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

  4. Sue Polmateer says:

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

  5. Patricia Kirkham says:

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

    • 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!

  6. 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.

  7. Dawn Tenneson says:

    Thank you so much for an awesome pattern!

  8. 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!!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Evelyn Houska says:

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

  14. MPaula Whelan says:

    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.

  15. NatalieF says:

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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?

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

  26. Jeretta says:

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

  27. 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 🙂

  28. 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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