There is something to be said for sewing projects that take a lot of planning, preparation and thought. Sometimes though, you just need instant gratification when you're crafting.
I've always loved the look of grosgrain belts - they can be hard to find though, so when I found this lovely range of ribbons at a fabric shop this morning, I knew just what I had to do with it. One of my issues with belts like these is that they always seem a little flimsy. During the week I saw a belt that used double thickness of ribbon - problem solved!
1.Let's start with supplies... You'll need grosgrain ribbon, two d rings that are they same width as your ribbon and some hemming tape. Measure the length that you want your belt to be and double it - this is the length of ribbon you'll need. Your piece of hemming tape needs to be the length that you want your belt to be - that is, you need half as much as the ribbon.
2. Cut the ribbon in half so that you have two pieces of equal length. Fuse them together using the hemming tape. Be careful not to scorch the ribbon!
3. Topstitch down the length of both sides of the ribbon.
4.Finish one end of the belt - double the end over so that the raw edges are covered up and top stitch. My machine has a special 'back-stitch' that holds everything snug and tight, but if you're using a normal stitch I would reverse- sew over the seam a number of times to keep it secure.
5. Attach the D ring to the other end of the belt. Slip both rings over the belt and double the end over so the raw edges are covered up and top stitch. I stitched twice (about .5 cm apart) to keep everything tidy and secure.
6.You're done! Enjoy...
PS - I just found this tutorial
that uses different ribbons on either side - how cute are they?