Sew a Belt With Simple Materials
Making your own belt is an easy way to create a custom accessory in your favorite fabrics. With basic hardware and two styles of quilting cotton, you'll have a double-sided belt to match any outfit!
Of course, you can make this with just one style of fabric, work with other materials, or even sew it up extra scrappy. You'll find tips for that at the end of the tutorial.
This DIY belt is great for kids and teens, but also the perfect way to add some personality to what you're wearing. Plus you can make it in any size you want!
Tools and Materials
- 1/8 Yard of One or Two Fabrics
- 1 to 1- Yards of Lightweight Fusible Interfacing
- Two D-rings
- Rotary Cutter, Ruler, and Cutting Mat
- Pressing Cloth or Kitchen Towel
- Bodkin, Safety Pin or Large Turning Tube
Note: Although you only need a small amount of the 1-1/3 yards of interfacing, it's best to have a long cut so you can use one continuous piece.
Cut and Prepare the Fabric Strips
Start by deciding what length you want your belt to be. It should be the size of your (or the wearer's) waist, plus 4 to 8 inches, depending on how adjustable you want it to be. You can also measure an existing belt for the length.
Next, measure the width of the D-Rings and add 1/2" to that measurement.
Cut two strips of fabric that match the measurements from above. Cut matching strips of fusible interfacing.
Note: If you want to make a belt that's longer than the width of your fabric, you can piece two strips together, however, be sure that the seams are not aligned in the next step to avoid bulkiness.
Fuse the interfacing to the back of the fabric strips using a damp pressing cloth or towel.
Sew the Belt Pieces Together
Pin the strips with right sides facing.
If you plan on using this as a double-sided belt, and the fabric is directional, make sure that one fabric is right side up and one is upside down. If you're using just one fabric design, both strips should go in the same direction.
Sew the two strips together into a tube. Start at one end, sewing the long side, sew across the end, then sew the second long side. Use a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Turn and Press the Belt
Use a bodkin or turning tool to turn the tube right side out.
Roll the seams open with your fingers, then press the belt. Fold in the open end and press.
Finishing the Belt
Topstitch along both sides of the belt 1/8" from the seam.
Fold the open end of the belt around both D-rings. Sew across the folded tab to secure the rings in place.
Wearing the Double-Sided Belt
To wear the belt, slide the plain end through both D-rings, then slip it between them and through the second ring. This adjusts and secures the belt.
Want to make your belt in other ways?
- Use cotton webbing for the belt. All you have to do is sew one end to the D-rings and hem the other end!
- Embellish your belt with embroidery. Use plain fabric and stitch tiny designs along one strip for a fancy accessory!
- Make it patchwork. Sew smaller strips of fabric together to create a scrappy belt. For this version don't add fusible interfacing to the pieced strips to help reduce bulk. You'll have a rainbow of fabrics on your waist!