Finally, a project that truly only takes 20 minutes! E. has a small waist so her pants are often falling off. I decided to "whip up" a belt for her and I took pictures of the process to create a tutorial for the true beginner. Besides the fact that this is an EASY project, I like that it's something that I can make for my friends who have little boys ("male" projects are hard to find). I made one in blue ticking fabric leftover from a tote; you could use corduroy or khaki material, etc. The floral belt is from a curtain I found at Goodwill. Make this project unique - use two fabrics, embroider a monogram, embellish with buttons, etc.
Continue reading this post for the online tutorial, or download a printable copy here (it will also be available in the How To Make section at the right).
- Scrap of fabric 28” L x 3” W (cut up old corduroys, khakis, and curtains to find great fabrics for your little girl OR boy)
- (2) ¾” D rings (hint: the cheapest D rings are on the kiosk with the buttons at Walmart, though you can also find more expensive, larger ones in the same aisle as purse notions)
- If you haven’t already, cut a length of fabric 28” long by 3” wide (you can easily adjust this for an adult-sized belt). When I have to cut long strips of fabric, I always fold it in half across the shortest end to make the cutting easier.
- Fold the raw edges in about ½” on each side (more if you need the strip to be narrower to fit through the belt loops).
- Top stitch. You may want to turn the needle manually for the first few stitches, since the fabric will be thick.
- Finish the other end of the belt with a zig zag stitch, or serge the seam (you may want to try the belt on your toddler before doing this so you can cut it down a bit if necessary). For a more finished look, you can also top stitch a coordinating piece of fabric bent around the end of the belt. You can also pinch the raw edges in, and top stitch the opening closed.