Tuesday, June 12, 2012

{Tutorials} how to sew a belt

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Are you looking for a way to add a fun splash of color to your summer wardrobe? Check out my new belts! They were "sew easy" to make and I can't wait to show you how.
This belt is fun because you can add flowers and other embellishments!
This belt took about 5 minutes to make.

The Ribbon Retreat sent me these fun supplies for this project...
(I seriously LOVE this company, they have everything I love)!
Here's my original "how to make a belt" post on their blog.

Jacquard Ribbon Belt:
2 yards Jacquard Ribbon
2 1-inch D rings
sewing machine
 Due to the nature of the woven ribbon, you'll need to protect the threads on the back. You could either use heat and bond, or do what I did and...
 fold the belt directly in half. Slide the D rings to the middle of the ribbon. I used 2 yards, and now my belt is one yard in length. You might want to increase or decrease the amount you order, depending on your waist measurement.
 Now you'll sew the entire perimeter of the ribbon, starting here, to enclose the D rings. Backstitch, sew, and pivot at the edge of the ribbon.
 Continue sewing at the very edge of the ribbon.
 When you get to end of the ribbon, fold the raw edges over twice. Pivot, and sew down. Now sew up the other long side, backstitch, and you are done!
 Wear in your belt loops or over your favorite dress/cardigan.

Webbing Lace Belt:
1 yard cotton webbing
1 1/4 yards lace
2 1-inch D rings
1 tooth (Belt Tips)
sewing machine
 You'll want to line up the lace over the webbing. Cut off excess lace and save for later.
 Using a zig zag stitch wide a long stitch length, sew it onto your belt, on both sides.
 Here's what it will look like. Trim your threads.
 I zig zag stitched the end of my belt to secure any threads from the webbing from fraying.
 Then I took a hammer and pounded on the metal end piece. It was easy.
 Next, I slid the D rings onto the other end of the belt.
 Then I sewed them down. I just used a straight stitch, but a zig zag stitch would be good too, to enclose the ends of the webbing. If I had brown thread, I would have done that. But I only had white thread on hand, and thought it would have looked messy. Something I can go back a fix when I remember to buy brown thread!
 So here's what it will look like on the opposite side. You will want to sew enough lace to the back of the belt so that when you're wearing it, you won't be able to see this part hanging. I ran out of lace to do this, so I will need to order more.
 Here's the final picture to show you what I mean. I should have lace sewn on both sides so the zig zags won't show when the belt is folded over. I will fix that!

 So that is all! Sew easy, right?
 Your new belts will make you...
 You'll be thinking...
 Then you'll scream at the top of your lungs...
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  1. Super cute belts! Oh and we totally have the same trampoline :)

  2. I went for a walk with my daughter this morning and while we circled the park I thought to myself, "I should make a belt. I wonder how hard it'd be?" And then I check my dashboard and lo and behold, you've got all the answers for me! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I've made a belt like this before (out of the patterened ribbon) love it! and it was soooo easy! Great fix if you can't find belts that are the right size!! A lot of time (at least for me) on size is too small and the next is too big.

  4. Suuuper cuuute.. I LOVE it.. I have got to try this soon.. ;)) Thanks so much for sharing.. :))) Miss stopping in.. Life's back to normal so I will be more. Wishing you a happy week.. xo ~Marilyn

  5. You're "sew" funny!! Love the trampoline pics. :-)

  6. This is a great idea, and SO cute! I just love your blog and would LOVE if you would link up to my new link party for the fiber arts!

  7. These belts turned out super cute! Maybe I should become more of a belt person =)

    And the trampoline photos look really fun!

  8. These are adorable and so much easier than I would have thought! Might have to give some cute belts a try this summer! :)

    I'd love it if you'd link up at Off the Hook!

  9. Found this on Sugar Bee, great tutorial!

  10. I would love it if you would share this post on the Waste no Want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK! I really think my readers will enjoy it!


    Many Thanks

    Dawn @ Pretty Shabby Uk


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♥Rach H