Gathered Belt Tutorial
This is my first tute, guys, so bear with me on this. If I say anything that doesn't make an ounce of sense, please feel free to contact me. With that being said, shall we commence?
I love belts. Particularly wide stretchy ones. I wear them with skirts, tunics, cardigans; you get the idea, right? Well since it's very difficult for me to find a nice coral belt along those guidelines, why not create one? So I did and I love it. Here's what you need:
-Elastic, any width. I used 1.25"
-Long strip of fabric. You'll need twice the length of your elastic measurement. I used a vintage sheet.
-Snap fasteners, I don't recommend sew-on
-Measure your natural waist or where you'd like for the belt to rest. Subtract 3 from this number. Cut your elastic this length.
-Take the width of your elastic and multiply it by 2 and add 1 inch. I had 1.25", so 1.25*2=2.5+1=3.5. This will be the width of your belt fabric.
Take the length of your elastic, multiply it by 2, and add 1 inch. This is your belt fabric length. Cut your fabric to these measurements.
-You will also need 2 pieces of your belt fabric the same width that you cut your fabric and 3" long.
Now that we've gotten all that tedious stuff out of the way, let's get crackin'!
MAKING GATHERED BELT:
It's starting to look like a belt! Now grab both ends of belt and stretch it a few times to adjust the gathers.
ATTACHING BELT ENDS:
This part is a tad difficult to explain. I'm going to demonstrate on one piece of fabric and leave the other in tact, so you can compare the measurements.
Pin ends to your belt piece.
I hope this all makes sense! Happy sewing!!