Not even sorry for my cheesy title!
I wasn’t going to do this post this week but a couple of lovely ladies asked about how to make these cute belts that I thought I’d change my schedule, as the boss I can do that ya’know 😉
We’re back to stash busting this week, yay! This is another great stocking filler, or any type of gift for a little (or big) boy or girl.
- A long piece of fabric at least 2″ width, or multiple pieces to sew together.
- Heavy weight interfacing.
- 2 x 1.5″ D rings
- Normal sewing essentials
First measure around the waist of who the belt is for (or google average waist measurements for children) and add a few inches, I added about 4 or 5, I didn’t measure exactly. You’ll then need this length of material, I used a continuous length for my belts but you called always mix it up and sew a few pieces together. My D rings measured 1.5″ so I cut my material 2″ and used a touch over a 1/4″ seam allowance on either side.
Cut your heavy weight interfacing the same length and width, it doesn’t matter if it’s a little thinner as long as it gets caught in the stitches ( I used iron on interfacing but I still prefer to sew across it also).
Place both pieces right sides together pinning (or clipping – I’m in love with my clips) and stitch all the way down, making sure to back stitch at the start and end to ensure the stitches don’t come undone while turning.
Turn right side out – this is pretty tricky and probably takes longer than the actually sewing! Having a long pointy stick would have helped I’m sure, but persevere it will get there! Fold the ends in, press it all and top stitch all the way around, I went over my ends a couple of times to make them more secure.
Fold the end over and sew down, I went back and forth a few times to make it more secure, my kids are anything but gentle!
And that really is it. A cool belt for a little person! Now as mine are made from cotton I’m pretty sure these are more of a decorative belt than one that actually does it’s job, I can imagine it slipping as the day goes on. You would need a rougher material I would have thought to make it stay tight all day.
My kids love their belts and Riley even got changed out of his joggers into chinos just so he could wear his. The fact they’re Marvel helped, Marvel mad in this house!
So there we are, 3 happy boys and 1 happy mum! I will be making more of these for sure!
What kind of belt would your little one like? Next to Marvel, DBZ is a big hit in this house – hard to find material here in the UK though.