Friday DIY: Bow Belt by Luloveshandmade

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This week we’re paying homage to the sewing goddesses and gods by presenting a great tutorial for a fabric bow belt from blogger Lu of Luloveshandmade. Lu regularly publishes tutorials on her blog that you can try out and also has her own DaWanda Shop.

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Lu’s going to be showing you (whether you are a newbie or sewing grand mistress/master) how you can sew a great bow belt made ​​out of any fabric of your choice and the basic tools of the sewing trade. With your favourite fabric, this belt can be the perfect addition to your best-loved outfit.

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Material and Tools

  • A piece of fabric, four times as wide as the belt is to be later and long enough to fit around your hips (if you want to wear the belt on your hips) plus 10cm length for closing
  • A piece of batting (a thin strip) with the same dimensions, so that the fabric belt is reinforced
  • Two pieces of fabric (for the front and back part of the bow) in the desired size of your bow plus 1cm seam allowance on each side
  • Also for the bow: two layers (or thickness layer) of wadding in the size of your bow to give it volume
  • One last piece of fabric to attach to your bow, approx 8cm x 12cm
  • Sewing machine, iron, ironing board and sewing supplies such as scissors, tape measure, ruler and fabric marker
  • Press studs, for example KAMSnaps, KAMSnap pliers and awl
  • Optional, but very helpful: a cutting mat and a rotary cutter

 

Instructions

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First, take the rotary cutter and your cutting mat (or if not available, just a pair of scissors) and cut the long piece of fabric for the belt. Mine was 12 cm wide (four times wider than the desired final width) and 95cm long (85 cm for my waist plus 10 cm for closing). Now cut out a piece of wadding with the same dimensions. After that (see photo below left) cut the pieces for the bow out (front, back and wadding) and the piece of fabric (right in the photo left) which you wrap around the bow to attach it to your belt.

Now you have all the pieces you’ll need cut out (see photo below right): the long piece of fabric for the belt, the wadding (the same size), front, back and wadding for the bow and the connecting piece for the bow to the belt.

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Now take all the layers of the bow (front, back and wadding) and place them on top of each other with the two layers of fabric sides together (with the “good” sides facing each other) and the wadding on top. Then sew all the layers together with a seam allowance of 1 cm and leave an opening in the middle of one of the long sides (large enough that you can turn the whole piece through it, so that it’s right side out). You can see the opening in the photo between my fingers, for example. Then cut off the corners (so it’s easier to turn the piece of fabric inside out and still has nice corners). Now turn it inside out and iron the rectangle of fabric.

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Your piece of fabric for the bow should look like the photo above left. Now take your sewing machine with matching cotton and sew the opening closed. Fold the piece, so that a bow is formed, and take a thread to tie it into shape. As a next step, take the little piece of fabric to attach the bow to the belt, fold it in half lengthways and iron it. Fold it again so that the edges meet at the centre, fold and iron it again.

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Now go back to your sewing machine and hand stitch around the edges of the fabric, so it’s closed. Now you’ve also got this piece and your half-finished bow. The next step is to take the long piece of fabric for the belt, iron it, place the wadding on top and iron it again. Now fold the two fabric edges lengthways and iron briefly. Again fold the fabric lengthways so the edges now meet in the middle (so that it has your desired width, and you can’t see the edges). Iron the whole belt and fold the ends inwards one more time (see the photo below).

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Almost done! Now finish by sewing all layers together as close to the edge as possible, which also includes carefully sewing the short ends where you have folded the fabric to the inside. Now you should have three pieces of fabric that look like the photo on the top right. Take your bow, place it on your belt and wrap the narrow strip of cloth around it to the back as tightly as you can (photo left middle). Sew it all together by sewing the edges of your fabric strip together and finish with a zigzag stitch.

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Turn the cloth strip over from the left to the right, so that the stitched seam allowance disappears. Your bow is now ready and here comes the last step, the clasp: check the belt fits around your body, and that the clasp is the right size. Take the awl (part of press stud pliers) and push holes in the end pieces of the belt where you want to have the clasp. It’s useful to pierce through both belt ends simultaneously so that it’s even and neatly overlaps the belt ends in the right places. Then take your press studs (or other buttons) and attach them using the instructions to your belt. I made ​​several rows, so my fabric belt is adjustable.

That’s it, you’re done, yay!

Have fun with your new favourite accessory.

Lu

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