I love wearing fun, brightly colored belts; I think it adds so much to a cute outfit. I recently made a super cute belt using a fabric remnant I found at my local fabric store and two 1 1/2 inch “D” rings that I purchased for about $3.
The project took me about 30 minutes and was super easy.
Here are the instructions to make one for yourself.
You will need :
fabric remnant of your choice
2 D rings (1 1/2 − 2 inch size, depending on how big you like your buckle)
First, take your waist measurement. I took mine around my hips, as this is where the waistline of my jeans typically falls. For me this was 34 inches. Add 6 inches to this measurement; this will be the length of your belt. Now cut a strip of fabric that is 3 inches wide by your measured length plus 6 inches. So for my belt, I cut a strip of fabric that was 40 inches long by 3 inches wide.
Next, you will need to cut your fusible interfacing. For the length of this piece, take your waist measurement and subtract one inch. The width of this piece should be 2 inches. So my piece measured 33 by 2 inches.
The next step is to iron the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric, leaving the extra 6 inches without interfacing. This will be the part of the belt that goes through the D rings. The interfacing gives the fabric a bit of bulk and helps give the belt a bit more structure. Be sure to use a press cloth when doing this so you do not get any adhesive on your iron.
** My interfacing is one sided, meaning that the iron on adhesive is on one side only. Be sure to put this side down onto the wrong side of your fabric**
Next, fold the edges of the fabric around the interfacing (and beyond) and press. This will give you about a 1/4 inch hem.
Press the edges of each end over about 1/4 of an inch as well.
Your next step is to repeat this 1/4 inch hem with the second strip of printed fabric. This piece has no interfacing.
Now, put these two strips together and pin up on both sides.
Now you will need to stitch the two pieces together using a 1/8 inch seam. Here you can have some fun with your thread color. You can use a contrasting thread color for some fun. I used a matching thread here.
Hem all 4 sides.
Ok, almost finished! Next, you will take your two D rings and thread them onto the end of your belt that has the interfacing ( you can tell which end this is because it will feel a bit heavier). Loop your end around by about 1 inch and sew a double seam.
And there you have it! A cute, patterned belt for just a few dollars. You can mix it up and use 2 different strips of coordinating fabrics to make a reversible belt.
These make great additions to any wardrobe and super holiday gifts.