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« on: August 27, 2003 05:32:10 PM »

You know all those grossgrain ribbon belts that are making a comeback? Well, I've seen them for sale at places like Urban Outfitters for, like $40 which seems outrageous.

I'm thinking you can just take 2 pieces of ribbon and sew interfacing in between them. Does that sounds reasonable?

Then there's the question of the "buckle" which is really just two metal rings (sometimes they're round other times they're shaped like a "d"--which I prefer I think).
Any ideas on where to get those? Maybe Home Depot?

Hmmm. . . .

The ribbon looks like this:
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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2003 05:55:17 PM »

As I children of the 80s my sister and I had those belts so a few years back I made some with 1" webbing and 1/2" cherry print grossgrain ribbon. But I would think interfacing would work if you were just using ribbon.
I got the d-rings in the notions section of Joanns or Hancocks.

Good luck and I hope you post a picture of your completed project!
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« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2003 06:09:33 PM »

Martha to the rescue!


I wonder if you absolutely need to double the ribbon and stitch it all the way around.  I was thinking of making some of these but I was hoping that you could just use a single layer of ribbon.

Hmmm... I hate to be lazy, but perhaps that iron-fusible-webbing could hold the two layers of ribbon together... rather than having to sew.  My sewing machine and I are taking a vacation from each other!  Wink
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2003 11:44:16 AM »

Thanks so much for this, as I was going to buy one of these belts on E-bay today, but then found just the ribbon so much cheaper. I knew it could be done.  
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2003 12:12:00 PM »

I've made a few of these so far-- they're immediate gratification.  For my first one, I used a 2" wide white grosgrain ribbon, twice the length I wanted.  I ironed some interfacing on 1/2 for stability, placed 2 D rings (bought at my rad local army surplus store) in the center and sewed those in.  Then I sewed the whole thing down, in half.  Came out really well.

For my next one, I wanted to do a skinny belt, and didn't want the hassle of sewing it in half.  So I used nylon grosgrain, 1/2" wide, which is much sturdier than regular grosgrain.

I took pics of the whole process, which I'll try to put up soon as I get some time...

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1.  gather materials: 1 or 2 X your hips + 10" of ribbon, 2 D rings, thread

2.  fold one end twice, pin & sew (to make loose end-- if you're doubling ribbon, do this step last)

3.  fold unsewn end over both D rings (making sure ragged end is folded under.  If you're using a flimsy ribbon, put D rings in center of ribbon, then double it over.  pin & sew

4.  finished
5.  wear!
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« Reply #6 on: December 26, 2003 09:33:00 PM »

I wanted to make one but I ended up going to jo annes today and they had a few different belt kits...I got a camo one with the rectangle buckle and a striped one with the rings...on sale for $3 each!...tomorrow Ill work on putting them together...your belt looks great susank!

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« Reply #7 on: December 27, 2003 10:12:30 AM »

all you guys' ideas sound like they'd work, but as someone who really would prefer not having to get within ten feet of a sewing machine, the one layer of ribbon idea sounds like the best to me. Ribbon is pretty sturdy all by itself, as long as you're not hanging from the belt or anything it should be okay.

I have seen some of the rings at Joann's but someone already mentioned that...

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Oh wait!! Those are simple to make!! Thanks everyone!!!  Cheesy

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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2005 02:04:49 PM »

thats such a great tutorial... i've been looking for one for days! thanks so much!
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