The creation of the tool belt
The larger lid was made exactly the same way as the smaller lid, only
From a manufacturing standpoint, Alyx Vance's tool belt makes little sense, having sections made of smaller sections in all shapes and sizes,
with pouches and eyelets following no specific pattern either. But this is what makes it a cool looking belt that I have wanted to make for a
long time, as accurately as possible, with all the right seams in all the right places.
Here you can see the overall curve of the belt that was caused by
sewing the sections together at an angle.
I had always imagined the pointy object in the narrow tool holder to
be nothing but a small center-punch, so that is what I decided to make
by cutting one down to size and adding a rubberized grip to it, making
it just about the cutest little center-punch you have ever seen.
After the center-punch was placed in its holder, pieces of foam were
placed inside the pouches to retain their shape, though that's probably
not what Alyx is carrying around inside them.
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13 days - Between 24 October 2017 and 9 November 2017.
Olive drab green fabric - 0 NOK - Found material.
Green vinyl belt - 0 NOK - Found material.
Small eyelet set - 49 NOK.
Metal bracket - 0 NOK - Found material.
Velcro - 0 NOK - Already available.
Foam blocks - 0 NOK - Already available.
Center-punch - 0 NOK - Found item.
Wrench sockets - 0 NOK - Donated items.
Total - 49 NOK / $6 USD.
Whoever left the olive drab green fabric behind.
My father for providing me with multiple wrench sockets.
Panduro for making the various eyelets.
This belt made me want to never hand-sew again, but it was still worth it to get another item from my favorite video game series in my
collection. Though it would have been made for free if it wasn't for the small eyelets I had to buy, it was still mostly made in Alyx' style of
scrounging materials together to turn them into something else.
I had found an olive drab green fabric that had various sun-faded
and the center just the right color for Alyx Vance's tool belt as well.
All the various sections of the belt were basically made out of smaller
rectangles that were mostly sewn together with a half inch wide strip
in between them.
Even though I wanted to make each section as close to the original as
possible, some of the measurements were rounded off to give the belt
a more factory-made look.
Other than the main sections, there are also various pouches and tool
holders on the belt, so I started with making the wrench socket
holders by folding a piece of fabric over a strip of fleece to thicken up
Because of the small, rounded edges, I had to sew the bottom pieces
onto the strip by hand.
A trick I had used on pouches before to retain their shape was to
insert an inner lining made of packaging plastic, so a matching lining
was made for the pocket.
With the plastic lining in place, the edges of the pocket were as sharp
as on the original, even though I have no idea what this pocket or
whatever the hell it is would be used for.
Since all the edges of the sections were made completely square, I
sewed them onto the vertical dividers at a slight angle to give the belt
the appropriate curve to better fold around the general shape of a
After the belt was completely sewn together along the rim, the front
and back were further sewn together along the vertical dividers to
prevent the vinyl belt from moving around inside the fabric.
Small eyelets were added to the front of the belt and the body of the
Though the eyelets on the pouch seem a bit misaligned in the video
game, I decided to place mine more parallel to the bottom of the
A hole-punch was used where the larger eyelets would run along the
main sections of the belt.
The flat edges around the eyelets were removed with a pair of scissors
to make their size closer to the originals.
After all the wrench sockets had been modified to the right shape and
height, a few rounds of duct-tape was wrapped around each bottom to
make them stick inside the holders by friction instead of gluing them
The largest socket had traces of yellow paint inside it, but that just
looks like headcrab blood anyway.
I decided to make the back of the belt out of the same sized sections
as the front, but with fewer details.
The backsides of the seams were roughly hand-sewn down to keep
them flat against the inside of the belt.
And after a whole lot of sewing by hand and machine, all the different
sections were completed and ready for assembly into the tool belt
After turning the tool holder right-side out to hide the seams, the two
attachment tabs were now pointing outward to be sewn onto the
other parts later on.
After all the bottom pieces had been sewn into place, the socket
holders were turned right-side out to hide the seams.
The lid of the small pouch was made by sewing two pieces of fabric
together that were then turned right-side out and further sewn
together along the rim.
A piece of Velcro was also added to the lid to make the pouch
Both the lid and the body of the pouch were sewn onto the back piece
with outward facing edges that could easily be sewn onto the other
parts of the belt.
The slanted piece underneath the pouch was sewn onto one of these
outward facing edges.
The various pouches and tool holders were sewn together first with
simple straight seams in between them.
A more specialized piece was made to cover the backside of the
pouches and the narrow tool holder.
The front and back of the belt were sewn together with the surfaces
pointing in to hide the seams when the belt is turned right-side out
The vertical dividers on both pieces were carefully lined up before
further sewing the belt together.
Both sides were eventually sewn together up to the last section where
I still had to attach the belt loop and Velcro before fully closing up the
After turning the whole belt right-side out again, it was still too soft
and had to be further strengthened by an internal vinyl belt that was
also coincidentally green for some reason.
After the vinyl belt had been pulled through the whole length of the
fabric belt, the underside of the pouch section was sewn shut by hand.
The resolution of the belt texture is too low to show any minor
stitching, but belts made of two sides of fabric are usually sewn
together along the rim to keep it flat.
After seeing that none of my sewing threads remotely matched the
color of the fabric, I realized I could simply use long strands pulled
from the fabric itself to make the seams nearly invisible.
The texture files do at least show some thick stitching on the front of
the belt, so I thought this would be a good place to attach a large
piece of Velcro for closing the belt.
The corresponding piece of Velcro was sewn onto the back of the belt
with the usual convention of having the hook side pointing out from
A metal tube was shaped around a small metal rod to make the belt
loop seen on the front of the belt.
A pair of wires were inserted through the tube before shaping it so it
would not collapse in on itself.
With the belt loop in place, the end of the vinyl belt was cut down to
size, and the fabric was sewn shut by hand.
Even with a big bag of random tools at hand, I simply couldn't find
three wrench sockets with the appropriate sizes and had to alter them
on a lathe.
And with all the many eyelets and tools in place, the tool belt is
complete, weathered with ash from my fireplace, and engine dirt from
my Trans Am.
After the flat piece above the pocket was sewn into place, the bottom
edges of the pouch were sewn together on the inside.
After the pocket was sewn onto the side of the pouch, a back piece
was sewn onto it to make the pocket useable for something or the
The larger pouch body was also made the same way as the smaller
pouch body, but with a different side where a horizontal pocket or
whatever the hell it is would be attached to it.
The body of the pouch was also made of two layers of fabric that were
sewn together along the opening rim.
The whole body was also made as one piece with the sides and
bottom, and their edges were sewn together on the inside.
Before sewing the back piece onto the holder, the two attachment
tabs were placed inside it, pointing inward for the reason you will see
in the next picture.
Since the back and bottom of the holder was made as one piece, the
narrow bottom had to be sewn on by hand before the back could be
sewn on by machine.
After the back piece was folded up behind the socket holders, the gaps
in between them were sewn down to the back piece with a thick
It took some tricky sewing to make the left socket holder hang below
the edge of the belt like on the original, but it was one of the features
I also wanted to replicate.
The back piece of the socket holders was sewn onto the bottom edge
with an internal seam.
The narrow tool holder was also made by folding a piece of fabric over
a piece of fleece padding.
To also get this holder to hang below the edge of the belt, two small
tabs with the same height as the belt would be sewn onto its sides for
attaching it to the other parts.
The bottom pieces of the socket holders were made in three
increasing sizes to accommodate the sockets.