I think one of the most flattering belts out there is the Obi belt. Not only are they pretty, but they're super simple to make. Today I made one from scratch and added some extra special embellishments just to take it to the next level.
This is going to seem like a long tutorial, but trust me, it's a very easy project.
Here's what you need:
|And a sewing machine|
1) First we'll make a quick pattern, because once you make one of these, you know you'll want to make more. I used tissue paper for my pattern but you can easily just tape some regular old office printer paper together and it'll work just fine.
Draw a rectangle on your paper. I'm a bit on the small side so mine measures 13" (33cm) X 4 1/4"(11cm). Add another inch or two for medium or larger.
2) Now extend your rectangle another 6" (15cm) on each side but just draw a dotted line. Find the centre of the side and draw a line that is 5.8" long (1.5cm). Now connect each side of that small line to the corners of the original rectangle.
3) You can either do step 2 again on the other side, or you can just fold the original rectangle in half and trace the end piece. Once that's done, just cut your pattern out
1) Fold your fabric with wrong sides together. Lay your belt pattern on top, pin, and cut.
Do the same on the other end.
3) Fold your ribbon pieces towards the inside and secure with a pin just so that you won't catch it in your seams when you sew the belt together.
4) Place the other belt body, right sides facing, on top and pin. You will now sew the sides, leaving a small opening for turning, with a 3/8" seam allowance. (I'm using a great taffeta fabric that is reddish on one side and black on the other. For added flexibility I'm making one side of my belt red and the other black to make it reversible. If you're new to sewing, just keep things simple and put right sides together.)
Turn it right side out, press, and hand stitch the opening closed.
So, instead I singed all of the edges with a candle flame. This works best with man-made fibres. You don't even have to touch the flame, just get close enough so that the fabric starts to melt and curl a bit. Of course, my fabric did actually catch fire more than a couple of times. Just keep a close eye on it as you're going, and blow it out quickly.
Be careful. The edges will be hot for about a minute or so.
4) Hand stitch long gathering stitches in a circle in the centre of one of your flowers. Gather, secure, and repeat the process with another flower on top without cutting your thread. Do this with 3-4 flowers pieces. This won't be visible so, again, don't worry too much about it being pretty.
Gather some more from the back if you want a fuller flower and secure with hand stitching.
5) Hand stitch a stick pin closure onto the back of your flowers if you want the option of removing them from your belt. If this isn't a concern you can just hand stitch your flowers right onto your obi belt.
And now we're finally done!
|Sophisticated and Pretty|