Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Skinny Charm Belt Tutorial

A fun way to show off a lil' bit of your quilting style!

  • Charm pack or 5" squares (number needed is determined in step 1)
  • Coordinating Thread
  • 2, 1" or 1= 1/2" D-Rings
  • Cotton or Bamboo Batting (1- 1/2" wide x desired length of belt)
  • Measuring tape or your favorite sized belt

1.  Measure the part of your waist where you want the belt to sit.  An easy way to do this is to put on a pair of pants and pull a string through it to the length you want your belt to be, mark it, take it off and measure to the mark. 

Or, measure your favorite belt. 

To obtain a 20" belt you will need 5 Squares.

21" - 24" = 6 squares
26" - 29" = 7 squares
30" - 34" = 8 squares
35" - 39" = 9 squares
40" - 44" = 10 squares

2.  Sew squares together in desired order using a 1/4" seam allowance for each seam. 

3.  Fold the shorter edge of each end in 1/2" and press. 

4.  Fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together and press.  Unfold.  Fold the lengthwise sides in to meet at the fold line and press. 

5.  Take the batting and cut it to the length of the current belt. Place the binding under each folded over shorter edge and to one of the sides of the lengthwise center fold line, then under one of the sides. 

6.  Fold the strip in half lengthwise.  Press. 

7.  Using a straight or your choice of decorative stitch, edge stitch along all four edges with 1/8" seam allowance, sealing off all unfinished seams.

8.  String the 2 D-Rings onto one of the ends of the strip, pulling through about 1.5" of the strip.  Fold the edge of the strip over the rings to meet the belt.  Using a zipper foot (or a foot that you have available that allows you to sew close to an item), sew the end of the belt to itself encasing the D-rings. 

That's it!  Fast, simple, cute! :)  I hope you had fun! 


Becoming a Bunch said...

Now, I am going to have to make one!!! It does sound easy (and super cute)!!!

Busy Little Quilter said...

I just saw this at Elizabeth Scott's blog (the-late bloomer). I love it!

Thanks for the tutorial!

missavene said...

What a cute idea this tute is totally worthy of the moda bakeshop! So glad I found it.

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