Jun. 2010 21

Ribbon Belt: pt 1

OK, confession: I actually made this project over a month ago. I’ve been bad about posting things as soon as I make them because I want to keep things in reserve for when I haven’t had time to craft one week.

Anyways, a while ago I wanted to make a blouse out of this great white gauze/lining fabric (I’m pretty terrible about being able to identify fabric types). I opted to do a cinched waist shirt, so I added belt loops. And then I hit a wall. None of the belts that fit my hips fit my waist. Well duh. I should have known that, but really hadn’t put any thought to it until I needed a belt for the shirt. So the solution? Make a super fast belt out of ribbon. I’ll post the tutorial for the flower pin later this week. I make the flower detachable so I can wear it separate from the belt.

What you’ll need:

-Ribbon

-2 sew on snap sets

-Needle thread

-Hot glue (optional)

OK:

1. Measure your waist where you want to wear the belt

2. Add 3″ to that measurement.

3. Cut the ribbon to this length

4. On one end, we will call this end A, sew the ball half of the snap to the right side of the ribbon 0.5″ from the end

5. On the other end, end B, sew the socket half of the snap to the right side of the ribbon 1.5″ from the end

6. Fold both ends back 1″ from the edge so the wrong sides are facing.

Dotted lines represent when the back-side flap of fabric ends

(The snaps on end A should now be on the back side of the belt and the snaps on end B should be on the front.)

7. At this step you can either sew the ends of the ribbon down to secure them. Or, you can do what I did and hot glue them. I did it this way because I didn’t have any thread that matched the color.

All done!! Come back Friday to get a tutorial for theĀ  ribbon flower that I made to go with my belt!

*Bonus step: On a belt I made later, I took a few hook-and-eye closures and made 2 columns, similar to a bra closure. This way I have an adjustable belt*

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5 Responses to “Ribbon Belt: pt 1”

  1. June 28th

    I am visiting from Making the world cuter…

    this is truly an adorable belt! It looks so pretty on you as well, thanks for the inspiration!

  2. June 28th

    such a great idea…love the little flower!

  3. June 29th

    Adorable! Stopping by from TJ.

  4. June 30th

    Hi Jenny, love the belt! Thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! Hope to see you again next week!

  5. June 30th

    Cute! I too have had the “duh” if the belt fits around my hips it’s going to by way to big for my waist moment. I usually just tie ribbon around my waist for a belt, but I really like how finished this looks!

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