DIY Running Belt

Running Belt

My husband runs. He doesn’t like to be called a runner, but he does run. Last year while training he was faced with a problem – he liked to run with his phone, but hated all the armband cases. He said the phone was too heavy to have on his arm, I said he could run with his old iPod Nano. He said he relied too much on a running app on his phone to leave it at home.

What to do, what to do?

Then one day he sent me a link to a running belt and asked if I could make him one.  It didn’t look too difficult, so I picked up some Spandex and gave it a try. He loves running with it, so I thought I’d share instructions in case you are stuck in the same predicament.

Running Belt Supplies

You’ll need Spandex for the belt. The stretch allows the belt to fit snuggly around the waist, and hold the contents close to your body to prevent bouncing.

Running Belt Cutting

First, cut a 14″ width piece. Spandex comes in 45″ width, so I fold it a couple times so it fits on my cutting mat.

If you can find thick spandex you won’t need this wide of a piece. The spandex I’ve found seems thin, so I double fold it to help hold everything tight. For thick spandex cut 6.5″ wide and skip straight to step 2.

running_belt_measure

Next, you’ll need to know the size of your waist. Measure where you plan to wear the belt. If you plan on wearing the belt lower on your hips, then measure there.  The chart above will give you a good idea of how long to make the belt, although there will be some differences depending on the type of Spandex and how much it stretches. I always err on the side of making it bigger because it is a lot easier to cut more off at the end than it is to add extra back on.

Cut the 14″ piece to the desired length (add a little extra for the seam allowance).

Once your Spandex is cut to size fold it in half and serge along the edge. If you don’t have a serger you could try using an overlock stitch or a zig zag, don’t use a straight stitch because it won’t stretch with the spandex. If there is any way you could beg a friend with a serger to help you out I think you’d be a lot happier with the results.

Running Belt Pinned

Then you’ll fold it in half again, and leave an opening for the pocket. The 2 pins are marking where the pocket will be, so I’ll serge up to the pink pin, and start again at the green pin.

Running Belt Turning

Then turn the tube right side out.

Fold in half length wise and serge the ends together, making a loop.

And just in case I’ve totally lost you, here’s some rough drawings that may help:

running_belt_illustration

How to Make Your Own Running Belt

I tease my husband that this is the new fanny pack. Only it’s way cooler, sleeker and definitely doesn’t scream “tourist”. Although I think it would work just as well at Disneyland as it does at the gym.

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Comments

  1. Dianne says

    Wow, thanks! This is just what I was looking for! We will be traveling extensively this summer and I was concerned about pick pockets. I’ve been searching for a secure hidden place to keep my cash, credit cards and passport. I may have to make it a little wider to accommodate the passport.

    Thanks for the great tutorial!
    Dianne

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