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How To Make A Double-Sided Belt.

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
Thread
Rotary Cutter, Ruler, and Cutting Mat
Iron
Pressing Cloth or Kitchen Towel
Bodkin, Safety Pin or Large Turning Tube

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.

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