by Heidi Emmett
I recently saw a belt in a catalog that was very wide, embroidered, tied once on the hips, and looked fabulous! It was also $148.00! So, I decided to see what I could put together that looked just as good and at 1/10th of the price!
1/3 yard large scaled print and 1/3 yard of a smaller print fabric for the lining. Both fabrics should be quilting cotton weight.
1 bottle Terial Magic spray.
Thread, same thread top and bobbin.
Optional, beads and fabric glue
Sewing machine and supplies.
Finished belt size is 5″ wide x 84″-90″ long (Depending on the width of the fabric).
Directions: Prepare the fashion fabric and the lining fabric with Terial Magic according to their directions. In case you didn’t know it, I love, love, LOVE, Terial Magic for its many creative uses.
1.From both fabrics, cut 2 strips, each strip being 5″ x width of the fabric. Seam each piece together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Press the seam open.
2. Place the two pieces wrong sides together. Pin in a few places to hold together. Thread the machine with the same colored thread both top and bobbin. I put an open-toed embroidery foot on (so I could see where I was sewing), but did not lower the feed dogs. Use a straight stitch and sew all over. I sewed from the center portion out in long meandering lines. Some of my stitches (as seen below) are larger, but with all the other stitching, they aren’t noticeable.
Trim off the excess fabric along the edges. Cut along one of the stitching lines for an interesting shape for the belt.
The Terial Magic makes the two fabrics stiff enough for easy sewing.
The Terial Magic gives the belt “body” so that when it is tied, it will stay in place. But you can easily rinse the Terial Magic out for a softer look and feel.
Tie the belt right on the hips. What a fun way to use some of your favorite fabrics.
No worries where the stitching lands. It’s easy and relaxing stitching.
This belt calls for some subtle bling. Look closely at the bottom end of the belt.
Here’s a close up. I didn’t have time to hand sew my large seed beads down. I wanted the holes of the bead to show. Using fabric glue and using a pair of tweezers, drag the back of the bead across some glue. Set in place.
Wear this belt all year round with dresses, skirts, or pants. Make a bunch for gift giving too.
Visit Heidi Emmett at her blog: Designsbyheidi.wordpress.com for more fun ideas.;Orrrr….if you are already here at my blog, you might want to visit Artistic Alchemy at: Artisticalchemyblog.wordpress.com and read some of the past posts. There are four of us teaching at our retreat this September 4th-8th.
One more time, I love Terial Magic and use it for so many of my creative sewing projects. See my latest projects using Terial Magic in my new book, “Fashion Quilted Accessories” by Leisure Arts. Thanks so much for stopping by. Hugs, Heidi