Before I started this blog, I whipped out my dusty sewing machine and decided to play around a bit. We had a lot of catching up to do. I knew I wanted to focus on highlighting what I already had in my wardrobe, so my first instinct was to create a new accessory. While I love a good scarf, a belt is an item that I find myself reaching for, yet never having. Here is the tutorial I used as my guide:
I conveniently (and dangerously) live across the street from a Joann Fabric. I happened to find a fabric that is the bomb-dot-com when it comes to pattern and color scheme. I knew my feelings for the fabric were legit when I refused to give up on a line that was at least 8 people deep (with carts filled to the brim for Halloween costume making) with a 2 year-old ready to burst at the seams.
I couldn’t find a belt buckle wide enough to work, so I created my own out of cardboard and covered it with a roll of embellishment using a hot glue gun. It ended up looking even better than I had expected but, while aesthetically pleasing, I discovered it was too flimsy to hold the belt tightly. To remedy the situation, I hand-sewed a snap to keep it in place.
Here is the finished product:
Not the greatest of fits (it gaps out a little in the back), but it is doable with additional coverage. I will definitely work with this concept more and plan to try coffee can lids as the next belt buckle foundation. A fabric with more stretch would be great for this project. Maybe one of my repurpose-ready, long-sleeved tees?