Thursday, November 11, 2010

Romantic belt tutorial

Lately while at my thrift store (I can call it that since the ladies that work there like to have my kids call them Aunt "whatevertheirnameis", I love that place!) I have been buying any wide belt that I can get my hands on.

I mean, the belts are only 99 cents, quite a bargain. Even cheaper is when you discover in your own closet a slew of your own quite outdated belts. I may have even squeaked in delight when I saw some thin, probably fake leather, belts of my own. So I grabbed some embroidered trim I've had for years, my glue gun, and made something fabulous.

Oh, and don't forget to enter my giveaway!!! :)

Here is what you will need:

  • Eyelet trim, mine is about 2.5 inches wide
  • A thin belt
  • glue gun
  • sewing machine (you can probably just glue the whole thing to be honest)

Measure from the belt hole (?) you are most likely to use to right before the loop on the oppisite side.
Multiply that number by 1.6.

Cut 2 pieces of eyelet trim using your above number.

Sew or serge these 2 pieces right sides together.

Ruffle this piece, setting your machine to the longest stitch and highest tension. On my machine this is 9 tension and 5 stitch length.

Fold over the ends of the trim and sew for a nice finished hem.

Lay the ruffle flat now, smooth, and make sure that it fits the belt, between the holes and the buckle.

Start glueing! To make this easy I first glued the ends and worked my way in. Then I glued one side at a time. Take care to keep the ruffle centered!

Voila, you're done!

 While I was trying to get some pics of the belt, the little one wanted some love!
 Linked to the following parties!


michelle said...

That is the prettiest little belt that I have ever seen! Nice job and thanks for the tute!

Michelle M. said...

I love it! I need to go make one of these, like, now!

April@gingerbreadgirl said...

I love cool.....

Tara said...

Very Cute! Thanks for linking up at Trendy Treehouse. I love the loves picture!!!

Amanda Dale said...

So pretty! Can't wait to check out the thrift store and do this project. Thank you so much for sharing the tutorial!

r u b y d o r c a s said...

This is assuming our old belts still fit ;)

Lovely, gorgeous, perfect, I wish I could sew!

P.S. You.Are.Gorgeous. (And so is that little girl.)

Delia said...

Awww...what a sweet last picture. So cute.

I love this belt. I have been wanting to make one of these! You did a fabulous job.

Anne said...

So cute! I love the idea of sprucing up an old belt from the back of my closet...

(Found you via tatertots & jello weekend wrap up)

Rose :: said...

Thanks for this great tutorial. I love your ideas.

OK. I am inspired to invite you to come link up with us, so our readers can love you too:

Every Wednesday there will be a new party, so bookmark our home page and you can come back over and over again with great ideas and tutorials.

We look forward to showing your work.

Have a happy day!

the mama monster said...

very very sweet! i don't even think i have any belts... off to the thrift store i go!

stacey said...

that is absolutely beautiful!

AmieAnn said...

Love the belt! Such a sweet way to dress up an outfit! Oh and I gave you a blog award.. come claim your award @