I wear skirts nearly exclusively (if I have to wear jeans or pants for an activity, I have to buy or borrow a pair) but I spent a couple of days in jeans recently and was reminded of how freeing pockets are. I wanted to make a pocket belt I could wear with my day-to day clothes (I already have a tattered fairy style pocket belt for working at fairs), and here it is.
I'm an artist but sewing is not one of my strengths! Still, I thought the way I cut apart this shirt was pretty ideal, so I'll pass it on.
This is the outside layer of the belt. I cut up the front of a fairly thick, wool, men's shirt to make a belt with two integrated triangle pockets. Then I cut a matching inner layer from the sleeves. I'd already looted two of the buttons for a kindle cover, so I had to relocate these three buttons from the middle to the end. Each side of the front was 26", so I think if you have up to a 50" waist a repurposed shirt front will work for you, as long as you only want one button (mine has three). I don't know my measurement where the belt hits, but my waist and hips are 28" and 38" and I cut off a total of 9" and have a 7-8" overlap.
I think this forest green is just perfect, but working on it for four hours made me really want to start a bigger, better, sillier rainbow fairy belt.