Thursday, February 4, 2010

Belts Belts Belts...revised

If you use this tutorial I'd love to see your creation! 
Feel free to post it to the Handmade Mommy Tutorials Flickr Pool.

Updated: I could not handle the ill-fitting d-rings and had to remake my little man's belts because I'm a little strange like that. You benefit with an even better tutorial since I figured out a better method! And here's a shot of the wonderfully perfect fitting d-rings.

It's not always easy to get perfect fitting clothes for growing kids. That's just how it is. Take, for instance, my 3 year old's pants that are long enough but too big in the waist. I've taken in the waist on some of them, but he's recently become very fond of a hand-me-down belt for the ones I haven't altered. This morning I suddenly realized that I could make him a couple more to avoid the scramble when the one lone belt is missing. Genius!

This is an inexpensive and super easy little project. I cannot believe that I kept looking for belts in stores instead of doing this months ago! No original ideas here, but I liked how the webbing looked in photos and thought it might be helpful for some of you. So here goes...

Cotton or nylon webbing (I used 1" width)
Two D-rings in the appropriate size (1" to coordinate with the webbing)
Denim sewing machine needle

Measure your little one's waist and add 8" to that length. This is how much webbing you'll need for one belt and it leaves some room to grow.
Before setting to work, fray check your ends.

Now take one end of your webbing and loop it through both D-rings.
Fold the end over about 1/2" and then fold it over again about 1 1/4". 
Sew the loop shut.

Take the other end of your webbing and fold it over 1/2" and then again 1/2".
You want to fold this the opposite way from the other end and sew.

In the picture below, the d-ring end side is folded up and over while the other end is folded under. See?

You're done! Could it be any easier?
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  1. Thanks for the tute...have been meaning to make some cute belts for R. Love the close up of the 3 belts!

  2. Wow, I love this! Thanks, I really need to make some belts for Char!

  3. This is one of those great, "Now why didn't *I* think of that?" ideas. I used your idea for inspiration for a belt of my own. Thanks for the smack on the forehead!

  4. Great work! If you want, you can link up at my weekly carnival Make it Wear it @

  5. I linked your tutorial on my blog!

    Thank you so much for sharing it!

  6. thanks you so much for this idea!!! I have 4 boys and this is easy and they pick any color and they are happy!! thank you again for your blog!!


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