Remember these? Me too and they were not pretty! They were usually made of eye searing bright cotton webbing and sported stripes running through the middle. They looked like they were straight out of the…..well, 80s! I guess because they were.
I decided to update these cute little belts with a more modern style. They’re easily customizable, snappy little accessories that are super easy to sew together!
2 – coordinating fabrics cut to the measurement of the waist plus an additional 10 inches for the length X 2 inches wide
1 piece of heavy weight fusible interfacing OR two pieces of light/medium weight) cut to the same size as your fabric.
2 – 1.5 inch D-rings
If using a light or medium weight fusible interfacing, adhere it to the wrong side of both of the fabric strips. If using a heavy weight, pick a side, any side, to adhere the interfacing to.
With right sides of the fabric strips together and using a 1/4″ seam allowance, straight stitch down your first long edge, your short edge and the opposite long edge. Leave one of the short edges open for turning your fabric right side out.
Clip the corners of the sewn short side to reduce bulk in that area. Doing so will allow you to completely push out that pointy corner when turning right side out. Chopsticks work great for this, by the way!
Turn right side out, push your corners out so that you get nice pointy edges on the short sewn side. Press and top stitch 1/4″ from the edges.
Fold the raw edge down 1/4 inch then again at approximately 1 inch away from the pressed fold.
Place the D-rings into the fold and sew down your edge. Feel free to sew a rectangle to reinforce.
Your reversible fabric belt is done and ready to wear! Easy enough to make by the dozen! I can’t wait to try this on my youngest, Ivy – she’s going to love it!
Happy accessorizing, Crafty Friends!