Printed “D” ring fabric belt

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.

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Here are the instructions to make one for yourself.

You will need :

fabric remnant of your choice

fusible interfacing

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.

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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.

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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**

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Next, fold the edges of the fabric around the interfacing (and beyond) and press.  This will give you about a 1/4 inch hem.

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Press the edges of each end over about 1/4 of an inch as well.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Enjoy!!

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