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Topic: Patchwork Fabric Belt (Tutorial Added)  (Read 11390 times)
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« on: September 03, 2007 05:16:55 PM »

Here is the Patchwork Belt Tutorial:

1.  Supplies Needed:

Scraps, 2 d-rings, backing fabric, Timtex or another thick, heavy duty stabilizer (not iron on)

2.  Cut scraps, backing fabric and Timtex:

I was using 2" d-rings so I cut my backing and scraps 2 1/2" wide.  The backing fabric should be as long as you want to finished belt plus about  10 inches.  The Timtex should be just a hair less wide than your d-rings.  In my case it was just shy of 2" wide.  It should be 1/2" shorter than your backing fabric in length.

3.  Sew scraps together in a long continuous chain:

Keep sewing scraps together until it measures about 10" longer than your backing fabric.

4.  Press scrap chain seams all one direction

5.  Sew scrap chain and backing fabric RST using a 1/4" seam.  Sew in the direction you have pressed the seams so there are no bumps. 

6.  Turn and press

7.  Turn in 1/4" on the sides and at the end of the scrap chain that extends past the backing fabric

Also turn under the end of the tube that matches up to hide your raw edges

(by the way, that is my husbands hand, not mine - I am not near that hairy!)

8.  Insert Timtex.  I fold the Timtex in half and use a safety pin to guide it though.  This is kind of a pain...

9.  Press REALLY well with steam

10.  Fold the lone section of the fabric chain back onto the backing fabric.  This will make sure the patchwork on the belt tail shows up when you wear it.

11.  Topstitch to keep the Timtex from shifting.  You should also be catching and securing the end that you folded back.

12.  Add the d-rings to the unfolded end.

13.  Finished!

If this is unclear, please let me know - it took me longer to write the tutorial than to make the belt.  I guess I rarely actually think about what I am doing...I just do it...Weird.

« Last Edit: September 09, 2007 09:48:27 AM by mimiw » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2007 05:38:45 PM »

That's absolutly lovely! I'm sure she'll love it!
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« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2007 06:12:57 PM »

That's super cool!  Did you use a pattern?  I'd love to know how to make one!  Cheesy

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2007 06:21:17 PM »

that is, by far, one of the coolest belts on the planet.

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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2007 06:31:09 PM »

That's awesome, great idea!  Now I'm trying to figure out if I know anyone I can make one for  Cheesy

« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2007 07:08:10 PM »

this is an awesome belt! i love that its patchwork, and will probably match anything she decides to wear! i want to make one...   Tongue
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2007 08:15:41 AM »

I have 2 more to make so once I go get some more D rings I can post a tute if anyone is interested...
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2007 02:51:58 AM »

The tutorial would be ace if it's not too much trouble, thank you Smiley that belt looks great, so simple yet so practical and so PRETTY!

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« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2007 03:15:24 AM »

Ohh beautiful!!

I like this idea!

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« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2007 12:50:05 PM »

A tute would be awesome!!  (I need a new belt anyway...) so any excuse for going for fun scraps of fabric is a must!   Grin

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