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Mar. 2010 17

The Obi Belt

I recently got a new job in an office that dresses much more professionally than my previous job. So with the new job comes the need for a new wardrobe and the accessories to match. I decided that instead of buying all my items, I would try to make as much as I could. While window shopping on the web, I came across this belt that I loved by The Limited. Using the belt as my inspiration, I decided to make a Obi style belt that I could wear a ton of ways. What I came up with is a belt that I could wear more than 6 ways.

I chose to use 2 heavy weight fabrics so the belt would have a good structure. One side of the belt is solid black and the other is black and white check.

Check it out:

There are two different ways to wrap the belt. One way is to continuously wrap the belt around the back.

The second way is to twist the belt in the back and bring the strands around to the same side.

How To do it:

Here’s the basic outline of the belt. The measurements will have to be adjusted depending on your size.

Each side (front and back) is made up of 5 pieces.

The middle piece (4 ” finished) should cover your whole front, ending at your sides.

The two pieces immediately next to the center piece should be long enough to wrap all the way around your back and almost all the way to the center of your stomach.

The end pieces should be just long enough to tie a bow. If you are using thinner fabric, you won’t need as much length. However, if you are using a heavier weight fabric, leave yourself a little extra length, you can always cut it short.

When cutting out the fabric for the front and back, the sides should be mirror images of each other.

Good luck!