Sewing Machine with denim needle and fabric scissors. A seam ripper comes in handy, too.
Fabric (1/4 to 1 yard) – I used red denim purchased at Joann’s fabric for 50% off (reg. 9.99/yd)
Bias Tape – Double Fold Bias Tape Quilt Tape. I purchased mine from www.jkmribbonandtrims.com which was much less expensive than Walmart and the fabric store, but took over a month to arrive after I ordered it.
Thread to match color of bias tape
Straps/ Poly-Pro Webbing – Poly, not cotton, works best because you can burn and melt the edges instead of it unraveling, which is what the cotton test straps did. I purchased mine from www.ahh.biz A 100 yard roll of 1″ regular poly-pro webbing was $46.00 but you can also buy this at fabric stores if you are making a smaller quantity.
Buckles – I used 1″ side release parachute buckles purchased from www. ahh.biz. You could use additional bias tape and make ties to secure the vest as a less expensive option.