No Pockets? This DIY Accessory Solves All Your Problems

Paola Gonzalez
by Paola Gonzalez
8 Materials
1 Hour

Hey there, DIY enthusiasts! Today, I'm excited to show you how to transform those spare denim pockets into a stylish and functional DIY utility belt. Let’s dive in!

Tools and materials:

  • Scrap denim pockets 
  • Long denim strip 
  • Rectangular denim fabric 
  • Denim thread and denim needle
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Clips or pins
  • Measuring tape
Preparing pocket body

1. Prepare the pocket body

Lay out your denim pockets. These will serve as the main body of your utility belt.

Crafting waistband straps

2. Craft the waistband straps

Cut the long denim strip for the waistband straps.

Be careful not to cut into any existing stitches to maintain fabric integrity.

Creating belt loop

3. Create the first belt loop

Cut the rectangular denim fabric into an 8.5-inch by 2-inch piece.

Creating belt loop

Fold the sides inward.

Creating belt loop

Then fold it in half lengthwise, forming a bias tape sandwich. 

Creating belt loop

Secure the folded edges by sewing. 


4. Cut it in half to create two loops

Fold the belt loop in half and cut it at the fold to create two.

Creating belt loops

Fold each belt loop in half and sew the ends.

Attaching belt loops

5. Attach the belt loops

Clip the loops onto the denim pocket, ensuring they are secure at both ends.

Sewing pockets

6. Sew the pockets

Sew the denim pockets along their edges, forming the primary structure of the utility belt.

Make sure the belt loops are positioned at the top of the pockets and are firmly attached.

Creating strap

7. Create the strap

Stitch a box on one end of the long denim strip to turn the strips into one long strap.

DIY utility belt

DIY utility belt

And there you have it! Your very own upcycled denim pocket DIY utility belt is ready to rock.

Comment down below if you decide to do this, and feel free to get creative with your designs.

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Suggested materials:
  • Scrap denim pockets
  • Long denim strip
  • Rectangular denim fabric
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Join the conversation
  • Kathy Coulson Knitter Kathy Coulson Knitter on Sep 01, 2023

    Nice Idea! that solves problems for me when I am running around doing my projects from other rooms in my home. ie (garage to my art room) Thanks!

  • Noreen Noreen on Feb 07, 2024

    Good idea, especially since the "pockets" in women's jeans are laughably small!