Jul 22, 2010

easy belt tutorial

The little Guy had been bugging me for a 'belt like Daddy's' for a while so while I was making him one I thought I'd do up a little tutorial.

You will need:

a pair of D rings (very easily available from sewing and haby shops)
 - I used 2.5cm D rings for this child's belt, you can get bigger ones if you want your belt to be wider or a proper belt buckle if you want to make an adult size.

a strip of fabric approx 15 cm longer than the length of the finished belt, twice as wide as your D ring plus another 1 - 2 cms to allow for seams.
 - you can see here I've used 3 pieces of fabric as the piece I had wasn't very wide and I wanted to capture the space craft 'flying' along the length of the belt.  If you don't want to see any joins then cut one continuous piece of fabric.

1.  Join your fabric strips end to end if using more than one piece of fabric.  Press seams open.

2. Pin the belt in half length ways, right sides together, sew using a scant .5cm seam.

3.  Turn out the right way (this is boring, painful and the longest part of the whole thing!)

4.  Press, I like to press the seam in the middle so my belt has a front and a back but you could just press to the side for a totally reversible look.  You could also use 2 different long pieces of material and have a reversible double sided belt.

5.  Topstitch for effect and to stop the belt warping.

6.  Fold the ends of one end onto the inside and sew the end of the tube shut.  Place the D rings over the belt and fold it back on itself to capture the D rings.  Sew the end down upon itself.

7.  Sew closed the other end of the belt.

et voila!

1 comment:

Micki said...

Thanks for the great tutorial!

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