Happy first day of Spring! It was only 48 degrees here today but the sky is blue and the sun is shining and hope is in the air! In honor of the first day of spring, I'd like to share how I make a simple spring fabric belt.
(note to self: do not wear your sweater hiked up over you belly like this unless you are taking photos of your spring belt to post on blog.)
You will need a length of 1 inch belt webbing and a 4 inch wide strip of you favorite cotton fabric. The average belt is 38 to 40 inches long, but it's best to measure the length of your favorite belt.
Cut the webbing the length that you would like for your finished belt and cut the fabric 3 inches longer. This will give you a nice size flap for the D-ring closure.
With iron, press 1/2 inch on all 4 sides. Then press in half lengthwise.
To achieve desired length, you may need to join 2 lengths of fabric (seam shown in photo below).
There will be 2 inches extra fabric on the opposite end.
Fold fabric in on itself to enclose webbing.
Pin through the end with the webbing to hold the layers together and keep them from shifting while you sew. Your ends will look like this.
Sew all the way down one long side with 1/8 inch seam allowance. Flip and repeat on the other side.
Thread the end without the webbing through the D-rings (use 1 1/2 inch D-rings with the 1 inch webbing). Fold the extra 2 inches of fabric over and sew to secure D-rings. Sew another seam a 1/2 down. See photo below. (D-rings purchased at Walmart)
The back side will look like this:
All done. Now put on your new belt and enjoy your spring day!
This belt takes about 20 minutes to make.
It took me much longer to take all of these photos and write this blog post.
But I did have enough time to whip up the Jane's head scarf pattern from this book. I made it reversible and sized the pattern down a bit so that it would better fit a child's head.
It goes well with a big box of sidewalk chalk!
Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy your weekend! IT'S SPRING!