"Fab $5 Belt" Tutorial

I wasn't going to post this until tomorrow, but I was too excited to wait!

Story behind this little project:

I usually hate wearing belts. (I hate the "muffin effect". AKA: tummy fat that hangs over the tops of my pants.) However, after having babies my body is in the weirdest shape and my pants never stay up by themselves. I have this belt I bought forever ago that is too small, but I use it because it doesn't have holes so its easy to adjust and --although its not pretty-- it keeps me from loosing my jeans when I bend over. (You know what I'm talking about!)

I figured I could probably make something that would work and get me through this phase of my changing body. And I'm so happy with the results--and they cost less than $5 each!

"Fab $5 Belt" Tutorial

Items needed:

-2 pieces of 1 1/2 inch ribbon at least 45 inches long (or however long you'd like your belt to be.)
-2 D Rings

* Grab your 40% off coupon and head to Joann's or where ever you can find cute cheap ribbon and D rings. I got mine at Joann's. I also picked contrasting ribbon to make it more colorful... you could use the same color for both sides if you want to.

1) Take your ribbon and pin in the "wrong" sides together:

2) Take one end and fold in the edges:

3) Sew the end together. I just used a regular stitch at 1/8 inch from the edge.

4) SLOWLY sew a 1/8 inch stitch down both sides of the ribbon. (You want this stitch to be straight so take your time.)

It should look like this when you are done:

5) Take your unfinished end and fold it over. Sew 1/8 inch stitch to hold it down.

6) Fold the end you just sewed over again about an inch, and slip your D rings into it:

7) Flip it over and sew a small zig-zag stitch right over the stitch you made in step 5. (The zig-zag stitch I used was .2 and 2.0).

8)Enjoy your cute new belt!

And YES I will be giving one away in a drawing! So let me know in the comments if you want a shot at winning it! You never know...it could be your lucky day! I'll have the drawing on Monday March 30.


Carolyn said...

My mom used to make these for me as a kid all the time. My favorite was a rainbow belt. I've been thinking about these a lot lately now that I have my own daughter, and Mom's gone...Thanks for the tutorial!

Janas Bananas said...

Those are great!! seriously the talent that flows in this family...Starting to wonder where my share went?? ;) I might start getting jealous here soon!! I would love to win one, my daughters hate belts because they can never undo them, these would be perfect!! Good Job Em.

Lisa said...

You lost me at pin the "wrong" sides together. What?? They are super cute though. Good job to you. I am amazed that people can do this.

Siri said...

Simply adorable! My girls would sooo love to wear those!! You talented lady you!
Yes. Let's get together while my girls are off track. Let me know a few good times for you! Good luck with the garage sale!!

Anita said...

Do you ship prizes? Or can I just buy them from you? Because I am totally feeling the "post baby body" thing right now. Connor is only a little older than Aiden, remember! And yes, I have one (ugly!) belt that I use so the world doesn't tell me to say no to drug! (That would be crack.)

Lindsay said...

Cute idea, as always Emily! Thanks for sharing. :)

aunt choody said...

I am so impressed with all of your cool sewing savvy projects!

Jessica said...

This is sooo cute! Thanks for sharing!

Deb @ inner compass designs said...

Thanks for the great tutorial - i just got my first sewing machine. I would love the chance to win one that you have made though!

Steph said...

Great tutorial. I can see myself going a little overboard with this and making gads of cute belts. Love it!

Tanya said...

they really turned out so great!

Adrienne of Noon To Two and Handmade By Ade Etsy Shops said...

I love these!

I had my fourth baby a bit over a year ago. I just thought they made jeans that fell down when you bent over now! You mean it's MY body?! ;)

I have gotten back into the belt, too. I'll have to try out your tutorial. Thanks! : )


Maggie said...

This is a great tutorial! Thanks for the tips. I cannot wait to try to make one of my own. But I sure would love to win one of yours!

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