When the seasons change, I tend to look in my closet and wonder how I can easily change up the looks of some of my garments. Belts are one of my favorite ways to update and accessorize my existing wardrobe. This soft faux suede belt is a great accessory. It’s custom sized and easy to make. Select fabric to match an existing outfit or choose a neutral color to coordinate with many different pieces in your closet. This beautiful belt instantly updates an outfit as you transition from summer into the cooler months ahead.
Materials and Supplies:
- Brother Sewing machine
- SA114 Non-Stick foot or SA190 Non-Stick Roller foot
- SA538 Seam Guide
- Basic sewing notions including good quality polyester thread to match fabric, tape measure, a press cloth for pressing suede on the right side, and a removable marker.
- Size 12 micro-tex type needle.
- Eyelet Pliers and metal eyelets measuring 5/32-inch in diameter.
- Two strips of light to medium weight faux suede fabric.
- Quilt ruler with 45-degree angle, cutting mat, and rotary cutter.
- Small piece of tear away stabilizer or non-fusible interfacing for stabilizing buttonhole.
- Turning tool or dowel rod for turning belt right side out.
- Fashion Belt buckle with prong and center bar.
Steps to Create Belt
- Measuring and cutting instructions: Determine length and width of fabric for belt as follows:
LENGTH: Use tape measure to measure waist area over a garment you plan to wear with the belt. Add 8-inches for belt overlap and seam allowance.
- WIDTH: Measure the bar on the buckle. See Figure #2.
- Add 2-inches for seam allowance and soft gathers on the belt. Cut two fabric strips using your personal length and width measurements.
- To create a point for eyelet end of the belt begin by folding strip in half. Next, align 45-degree angle with raw edge and top of fold. See Figure #3.
- Use rotary cutter to cut along edge of ruler. Repeat for second strip. See Figure #4.
- Select one strip to use for front side of belt and fuse interfacing to wrong side of fabric if necessary. Set up machine for sewing with the non-stick foot. Select the front belt piece and mark the center point and the ½-inch seamline at the pointed end to help with stitching a neat pointed end. See Figure #5.
- Pin long edges of strip with right sides together. Begin sewing a ½-inch seam, starting at the straight short end and leaving it open for turning. When you approach the point pause and decrease the stitch length to 2.0. To create a neat pointed end, stitch up to the point and then take two stitches across the point before pivoting to the next edge. Clip pointed ends and trim seam allowance to eliminate bulk. See Figure #6a, #6b, and #6c.
- Turn belt piece right side out.
- Press carefully using press cloth. Top-stitch approximately ¼-inch from the edge.
- Overcast the open end.
- To create a hole for the prong on the belt stitch a small buttonhole, centering it 1-inch from the short end, and adding a piece of stabilizer on the wrong side.
- Mark eyelet positions in the center of the belt, having the first one 3-inches from the pointed end and spacing the remaining eyelets 1 to 1½-inches apart. See Figure #9.
- Follow manufacturer’s instructions and use pliers to punch holes and set each eyelet in place. See Figure #10.
- To finish, insert prong into opened buttonhole, wrap short end to the wrong side and use small hand stitches to secure to back side of belt. See Figure #11a and #11b.
Your belt is finished. Enjoy!