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Belt Up Do {Tutorial}

I have so much fun giving life to items in my closet.  It makes me feel like I've been shopping, without the cost hitting my wallet.  Below is a picture I posted to Facebook, asking my fans for help.  I needed help deciding on a complimenting fabric for this boring belt, I found in my closet. You know, I almost threw it away but right before the toss, I realized, I could give it some life

Below is the image I posted to Facebook, asking for their help, and then the tutorial on how I made the finished product.   

After seeing everyone's votes, I recruited my 7 year old to practice his Tally Mark math technique.  :)   We wrote out the 4 numbers and then I went down the voting list on Facebook, while he tallied for me. 

So...here's the final product; ain't she Purdy hun! ;)

I gathered some scrap, which was only 14 inches in length so cutting strips was necessary to get the width. 

The belt measured in at 1.5 inches tall so a 1 inch strip was the magic number for my accent.  This style of strip is to leave raw edges, which will fray over time.  It's kind of my style, a vintage look. If you wish to have clean edges, just cut two inches and fold the sides in giving you a 1 inch final strip.

Because of the length, of my scrap fabric, I had to attach my three strips, by putting the right sides together and giving a 1 length stitch on it, then I pressed with the iron. 

 Because the belt is thick to begin with, I used clothes pins to hold my now one continuous strip of fabric in place. I removed the pins as I sewed along.  I used a #14 sewing needle and a 5.5 tension with a 3 length. 

Here's a close up of the finished product. 

Thank you so much for those that follow me, and gave me feedback.  I love my new belt!

I hope this has inspired you to re purpose something in your closet or head out and purchase a cheap, boring belt to give new life too. 

If you liked this tutorial, you can visit my { Tutorial } page for more projects I've shared.  

Coming Soon:
If you are interested in tutorials, and want to know sewing tips and tricks, follow my blog. I'm in the process of writing up a Sewing Series with a fun Fabric Giveaway!  Thanks for hanging out with me.


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    1. Hi Carolyn, thanks for stopping by and commenting! It took a matter of about 20 minutes to give this belt new life! ;)

  2. Wow! It looks amazing! I will definitely be trying this! Thank you :)

  3. Super cute!! I love it. I may have to try this...I am thinking of heading to the fabric store for some fabric and some D rings.

  4. This is an adorable project. I love to sew and create and am counting the days until school is out when I'll have time to be creative. I'm so glad to "meet" you through the blog hop and look forward to seeing more of your work.

    1. Thanks Paula, me too! 8 more days for us! Have fun. ;)

  5. Too adorable, Hilani! I love it!!!

    Jessica @ Mom 4 Real

  6. That turned out so great, good job! I love the fabric you used :)
    Modern Modest Beauty

  7. Oh what a transformation! Love the pop of color it has now. You are so creative.

    1. Hi Alicia, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a great night!

  8. I love how you used education and got your kid involved. Props to you mom! New follower from blog hop! Love for you to stop by and say hi!

    Follow back when you can!


    1. Thanks Julie for Stopping by and commenting. I gave some like love to your blog. Love the Strawberries post. :)

  9. Thanks for the good idea and specific info on the needle and tension 'cause I can never get that right!

    1. Hi Angela, thanks for stopping by and commenting. If you regularly have issues sewing, you should surely GFConnect the blog. I plan to offer, in the coming weeks, a series on sewing with tips and tricks I've learned. Thanks for considering. FB is good too. :) Have a great day.

  10. so very cute!!! Love this idea and I love cute belts, but don't like to pay $$ for them! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. It sure was super easy to do. If you sew, you should try it out! :)Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  11. Super cute! Love this "new belt". That fabric was my favorite too.

    I'm definitely pinning and tweeting this. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a Dime!!

  12. I love it! Great job. I have pinned it to my Sew Cute board. And I would love to have you come by, link up and show off this project at the Creative Corner Hop. The linky party begins every Monday and stay open all week.

    Cherished Handmade Treasures

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I'll head on over.

  13. This is such a cute idea! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog :)

  14. Looks really cute on. Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday at Sew Can Do:)

  15. Soooooooooooo cute!
    :) thanks for linking on successful Saturdays!

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