The strap sleeve panels have now been added to all the belt pack designs and
design packs. You may now re-download your purchases. Thank you all for your
To find the PDF files when you download, choose to show all formats rather than your
preferred formats only. The PDF format will be displayed along with the formats for the
embroidery machines. See screen shot at the end of this blog.
Do you remember the Paisley belt pack I made for my friend last summer?
Here is a picture to remind you.
Its construction is based on the Dog Leash Pouch
designs I created a few years
ago. Soon after I created those pouches, I enlarged the design to fit in my
200 mm x 360 mm hoop. I also added more pockets. Here is a pouch that has
five pockets. The separate linings do add bulk to the pouch, but the pouch is
very handy for holding spare flash drives and cables for my computer. For this
pouch I used the shell fill pattern.
I used this same design (but with the paisley fill pattern) to make my friend's
belt pack. After embroidering and assembling two "strap sleeves", I sewed them
into the side seams of the pouch. Then, using webbing and a few pieces of hardware,
I made a belt and sewed its ends into the openings of the strap sleeves.
Creating the belt pack for my friend made me want one for myself, but I
wanted mine to be wider. In particular, I wanted it to be wide enough for airplane
boarding passes. (I keep my necessary documents in a belt pack so that I don't have
to dig through my purse when I check in and go through airline security.) The
260 mm x 360 mm hoop for the Husqvarna Viking Designer Epic seemed the perfect
size, so I enlarged my design to fit that hoop. Here is the resulting belt pack.
I used my cathedral windows motif fill and my favorite Superior Rainbows
thread, #813, on navy poplin. As you can see, I also added a third zipper to the
design. The top zipper opens the main pocket, through which I turn the belt
pack right side out. To add each additional pocket, I split the embroidered panel
and add a zipper and a rectangle of lining. A pair of guide lines, stitched in a color
that contrasts with both the fabric and background fill, makes it easy to split the panel
in the right place. The belt pack designs include four pairs of these guide lines,
two on the front of the pouch and two on the back. You may include whichever
zipper pockets you want in your own belt pack.
Each design also has two sets of centering lines for adding text or other designs
on top of the background fill. Each set of centering lines includes a line to mark
the vertical center of the pouch and three horizontal lines. Choose which horizontal
line you use according to which pockets you add to the front and back of the pouch.
(See the instructions included with purchase for more detail.) You can add text to
the back of the pouch even if you don't add zippers there.
I offered to make a belt pack for my friend Sandy. She didn't want her name on
the front of the pouch so I added it to the back instead. Her name appears upside
down on the embroidered panel, but if you flip the belt pack over side to side, her
name appears right side up. I made this belt pack in the 230 x 300 mm pouch with
my new herringbone fill pattern.
My new Belt Pack design includes designs for 4 sizes of pouches:
- 200 mm x 360 mm,
- 230 mm x 300 mm,
- 240 mm x 360 mm,
- 260 mm x 360 mm,
and 130 mm x 180 mm designs for strap sleeves. There are six different motif fill
patterns, shown below: cathedral windows, gingham, herringbone, octagon, paisley,
For most embroidery formats, the designs are available as a complete set
belt pack panels and 6 strap sleeve panels. PES and JEF formats only allow
designs that fit into hoops available for their respective embroidery machine brands.
Thus, only 230 mm x 300 mm belt packs and 130 mm x 180 mm strap sleeves are
available for Janome machines. For PES, all but the 260 mm x 360 mm pouches are
available. However, strap sleeve designs are available for all embroidery formats.
Each purchase includes separate instructions for making the belt pack pouch and for
constructing and adding the strap sleeves and belt.
Designs are also available for a single belt pack panel
with its coordinating
strap sleeve panel. You can buy a set of all 6 belt pack panels
that fit a particular
hoop and all 6 strap sleeve panels, or a set of all 4 sizes of a single motif fill
coordinating strap sleeve panel. Each purchase includes instructions for making
the belt pack pouch and separate instructions for constructing and adding the strap
sleeves and belt. You may skip the strap sleeves and belt if you'd like to make a
regular pouch in these new sizes.
If you already bought a Dog Leash Pouch
design, you can turn the pouch into a
belt pack: I also offer a set of strap sleeve designs to coordinate with the fill patterns
in the Dog Leash Pouch
design set. You may buy these singly
or as a complete set
Each purchase includes instructions for constructing and adding the strap sleeves
For design dimensions, stitch counts, and other details, click the links
below.Guide_to_Belt_Packs.pdf (523.8KB)Guide_to_Strap_Sleeves.pdf (510.2KB)
Here is how the download page should look if you have chosen to show all formats. PDF
will be one of the formats. Download that zip file, and also the one for your preferred
embroidery format. If you don't see this option, please contact customer service at