This is the final belt tutorial for Belt Week! I hope you found one or two tutorials to give a try!
If you make any of the belts using my tutorials, I’d love if you uploaded them to flickr so I can see them! I need to do another Feature Friday in the next month!
Today’s belt is just a little bit more work than the others, but still super easy. That’s the great thing about belts—it seems that many of them can be made in less than an hour, most of them under half an hour, and you have a great new accessory for your wardrobe!
First measure your waist, where you are wanting the belt to fall. Subtract 3” from that measurement to get the length of the back part of the belt.. The width on my belt is 3”. So whatever your waist measurement – 3 inches x 3” (unless you want a wider or narrower belt). The – 3 inches is for the gap in the belt—so adjust according to your desires—the ends will be finished and take off a bit of the middle portion as well, so keep that in mind. For the front of you belt, half your above measurement for the length, and add it to the total length of above. If you want it more gathered, then add more inches here. You also need four pieces of double fold bias tape, 1/2” wide. See the following paragraph to help you out.
Example: So let’s just PRETEND and say my waist was 20” (just to pick an easy number). I will have one piece of fabric cut 18” x 3”, and one piece that is cut 27” x 3” (because half of 18” is 9”, so 18” + 9” is 27”). I will also need two 18” pieces of double folded bias tape, and two 13” pieces of double folded bias tape or ribbon for tying. Any questions? Feel free to email me!
Take the longer of the two strips, and on one of the long sides, sew two basting stitches close together. Be sure to take the narrower side of the bias tape and stitch no lower than that—otherwise you’ll have to un-pick and no one wants to do that (so your gathering stitches don’t show).
Next 3 photos courtesy of my 5 year old (who is actually pretty cute with the camera, telling me things like, “Let’s move into the shade so the shadows aren’t as bad.” He’s listening to what little his mommy knows!).
Today is the last day to enter your belts you’ve made, anytime in your life. Entries are accepted until 11:59 PM MST, Friday night, November 12th.
You can also link any belts by going to this post.