Buckle Up and Make a Belt!
What you need…
- Interfacing (iron on)
- Press cloth
- Belt buckle
- Sewing machine
Choose your fabric and belt buckle. This is the fun part. I made the yellow belt out of an old skirt. I found my belt buckles at antique markets and garage sales. The belt buckles shown do not have prongs. To fasten your belt, loop the fabric through the belt buckle.
Determine the length and width of fabric needed to make your belt.
To determine the length of your fabric, run a tape measure around your waist and through the belt loops of your pants.
Add 3 inches to that measurement.
Decide how wide you want your belt to be. Double that number and add 1. The belts pictured are 1-½ inches wide.
Cut your fabric.
Determine the length and width of your interfacing. The interfacing should be 1 inch less than the length and width of your fabric.
Cut your interfacing
Center the interfacing on the WRONG side of your fabric. A ½ inch of fabric should be visible along the length and width of the interfacing.
Attach the interfacing to the fabric following instructions for fusing the interfacing. You should receive fusing instructions when you purchase the interfacing.
Fold the fabric in half with the RIGHT sides together.
Mark a rounded edge ½ inch in from one of the short ends of the fabric. If you can do it free hand, go for it. Otherwise, trace the edge of a cup.
Sew the folded fabric together using a ½ inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-inch opening midway down on the long edge of the fabric.
Trim the seam allowance along the round edge of fabric.
Pull the right side of the fabric through the 2-inch opening.
Sew the 2-inch opening closed. Sew as close to the edge as possible.
With the right side of the belt buckle and the right side of the fabric facing up, pull the squared short end of the fabric through the belt buckle 2 inches.
Sew the squared edge of the fabric down as close to the edge as possible.
Thats it! Grab your new pants, buckle up and you're ready to go!
Click on the play button below to check out a Webcast of Carolyn working her expert belt-making skills.
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