Fabric belt {tutorial}

I have officially reached “that age”.  The age in which I have had all of the babies I’m apparently gonna have and the left over baby belly I’m still toting around with me is forever.  I guess.  I have fallen in love lately with the styles that have the skinny jean and tunics – anything to hide my ever expanding backside.  Can I hear an amen from the choir?

And I love the belted look!  Each time I think I’m going to buy one of those wide adorable belts I cringe because ouch!  $30 for a belt!  Or more…I’m way too cheap for that.  I came up with a few different fabric versions I think you’ll enjoy too.  I’m sharing the first one here today.  They are lightweight and so comfortable that you don’t even know you have it on which is a huge bonus over the leather ones that cut into you a bit.

And this project is super easy and FAST!  I always tell everyone, I’m a naptime sewer – gotta stitch fast while Sprout is snoozing so this is a perfect project to get done in that blessed hour or two in the afternoon.

Here’s what you need to get started:

1/4 yard of cotton fabric, not too lightweight.  You want it to have some “oomph” so I would stick with a regular quilt weight cotton.

1/8 yard of heavy fusible fleece interfacing.

Coordinating thread, sewing machine and your iron.

Ready?  READ the entire project instructions before beginning.  Use 1/4″ seams throughout.

step one
Start by printing out the pattern here.  {click on it and then print image – it should print full size which is 12″ in length}  It should print on a legal size sheet of paper.  Cut 2 from your fabric.  Cut 1 of the interfacing from this pattern making the interfacing 1/4″ smaller on all sides than your full size pattern piece.  Fuse the single piece of interfacing to one of the fabric pieces, following manufacturers instructions.

step two
Custom size your belt.  The angled part of the belt from our pattern above sits in the front.  You will be adding to it the remainder of the belt that wraps around your waist.  To determine how long to make that, measure your waist where you want your belt to sit and measure OVER THE TOP of your clothing.  This is where your belt will sit so you want it to be a little fuller.  The first 12″ of your measurement is the equivalent of the pattern piece above.  That remaining number PLUS 2″ is the length of the belt you are adding to the pattern piece.  Am I making any sense?

For example, 12″ (the pattern piece) + 27″ =  39″ or the exact waist measurement where you want the belt to sit on your hips.  Add to the 27″ + 2″ = 29″.  (the 2″ addition is to account for our seams)  29″ is the length of the belt piece that wraps around, attaches into your pattern piece.  I’m really bad a math so I hope this makes sense to you…

Cut 2 – your custom belt length (our example was 29″)  x 2 1/4″ wide (2 1/4″ wide should be the same width at the narrow end of your pattern piece).

Cut 1 – interfacing same length and 1 3/4″ wide.  Fuse interfacing to one of the long belt fabric pieces per manufacturers instructions.

Still with me?

step three
Cut 2 – ties.  2″ x 22″.

Let’s sew!

step four
With right sides together, pin your wide angled belt pieces together.  Sew around 3 edges leaving the small end opposite the wide end open.  Clip your corners and turn right side out.  Steam press.

step five
With right sides together, pin your long belt pieces together and stitch down both long edges leaving your short ends open.  Turn right side out and press.

step six
Creating your ties.  Press your 2″ wide pieces to the center and then again in half – to create the ties.  At the ends, I fold them in to create an angle end.  Then stitch along the long edge.

step seven
On your angled belt piece, turn in the narrow open end and place the long belt piece inside, about an inch.  Pin and topstitch opening closed, attaching the two belt pieces together.

On the other end of your open long belt piece, turn it in about an inch.  Place your two ties inside the opening, pin and stitch closed.

Using the mark from the pattern, mark your belt for a 3/4″ buttonhole.  Stitch buttonhole.  Put your belt on, pull the ties from the back to the front through the buttonhole and tie in a cute bow.  If you make your buttonhole too big, your bow will pull through it.  Hope that all made sense…it is a very quick and easy project and super cute!  I’m going to do a patchwork one next!  And I have a few more designs I’m mocking up too…you’ll see those appear sometime before summer!

I added a cute fringed flower and I’ll show you how to do that this weekend! 

Sew away dear friends!

xoxo,

Trish

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27 Responses

  1. wow beautiful!!!!!

  2. fab idea! especially adding the flower as well! stopped by from tatertots and jello!

  3. Hi! I love this belt! I have been trying to think of a funky type of belt unlike the regular ol’ belts that are out there and now I can stop (thinking that is) LOL I can’t wait to make one for myself! Stopping in from Tatertots and Jello!!

  4. I love your belt!! I need to make one! well… as soon as I’m no longer pregnant lol I don’t wish to take in the belt afterwards.. 😀 And I’m using that exact same fabric for a purse, peices have been cut out for a week, I really need to get on the sewing portion of this purse. 🙂 Glad i found your blog, you are amazingly inspiring!

  5. I liked Two Peas on Facebook!
    Jennifer B.

    jenniferlynnebeard (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. This is so cute – I’m going to have to try it. I’m visiting from Tatertots and Jello! 🙂

  7. Coming over from TT&J. Love this pattern thanks for the tute. Cute belt!

  8. i love your ideas, you’re very talented! i’m visiting from TT&J. Where do you get your fabric from? I’m in the UK and struggle to find funky fabrics!

  9. Stopping by to say hi from tatertots and jello.
    This belt is adorable!

  10. I am visiting from TTJ and I love your blog. I am trying to get into sewing and this is just such a fun place to go for inspiration. I love the belt so adorable. I think I will stay awhile and look around if you dont mind 🙂 Come say hi

    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

  11. Bookmarked this tutorial the other day for future use! I will make at least one. 🙂
    Then I found your giveaway on TT&J… WOW. I think I did a little happy dance, and I didn’t even win (yet). Thanks so much for giving so much to others!

  12. Holy crow, I’m loving your blog! Here from TT&J and can’t wait to catch up on what I’ve been missing!

  13. Visiting from Tator Tots & Jello, love the belt!

  14. I jumped over here from Tatertots and Jello and so glad that I did!!

    I’m loving this belt!

  15. hi! visiting from TTJ! thanks for the giveaway. i am not a pattern person, so maybe you can convert me! 🙂

  16. Tatter tots and Jello sent me! Just saying hi- and that I am loving your etsy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. Great tutorial.

    I just stopped by from Tatertots and Jello.

    Ruth

  18. love it!!

  19. Love it!! I’ve been on a belt kick lately, too. I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-tie-front-fabric-belt/2011/04/02/

    –Anne

  20. […] Trish from Two Peas in a Pod shares a tutorial on her blog showing how to make this stylish fabric belt.  It’s great for blousing a loose shirt or tunic, and the tie closure means that the size is completely adjustable.  Love it!  Get the tutorial. […]

  21. Cute! I like the fabric choice!

  22. Love it Trish!! Thanks1

  23. This is awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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