Hi, everyone! I’m Veronica, and you can find me most days at sewVery where I blog about the outfits I make my daughter, patterns I’ve tested or reviewed, and an occasional purse or bag I’ve sewn for myself! I rediscovered sewing just two and a half years ago, and since then, I can’t go a day without planning my next project!
Here’s a list of things you will need to make the belt.
- Measuring Tape
- Approximately 1/8 yard fabric
- Vintage or new trim
- A metal or plastic belt buckle with no prong (I found a 1″ metal fashion buckle by Dritz at Joann’s) or a 1 1/8″ to 1 1/2″ inside diameter metal or plastic ring
- Fabric glue
- Hot glue gun (optional)
- Pins or clips
- Sewing machine
Step 3: Raid that trim drawer and look for pieces long enough to use on your belt–at least the length measured in Step 1 + 1″.
Step 7: Unfold the fabric so that the raw edges are still turned in and on the right side of the fabric. Position the trim parallel to the center fold of the fabric as shown. The trim should extend beyond each end of the fabric by at least ½” if not more. If desired, use fabric glue, glue stick, pins, or clips to position the trim temporarily.
Step 8: Stitch the trim to the fabric along both long edges of the trim.
Step 9: Fold under the edge of the trim and temporarily secure in place using glue or a clip. Stitch across the short edge of the fabric to permanently secure the end of the trim.
Step 10: Fold the fabric in half again along the center and press from the backside. Clip or pin the open edges together and then stitch again along the same lines you used to stitch the trim onto the fabric.
If you are feeling particularly confident, you can combine Steps 7-10 and stitch the trim on all at once!
Step 11: If desired, wrap a metal or plastic buckle that has only the center bar (no prong piece) in matching fabric or just use it as is. On the yellow belt, I used a Dritz 1” square fashion buckle I purchased at Joann’s like the one shown below:
And on the denim belt, I made a buckle using a plastic purse ring that has a roughly 1 1/8″ inside diameter. To make your own buckle, follow Parts 1-6 of Step 12.
Step 12: To make your own buckle using a ring, first create a narrow piece of double fold tape using the same steps used to make the fabric belt. Wrap the tape over the ring and using your zipper foot, sew together. Wrap the other end around the ring snugly and sew together. Trim any excess fabric. For either the manufactured or fabricated buckle, begin wrapping a single-fold piece of fabric tape around buckle until no edges are exposed. On the back of the buckle, either use fabric glue or a hot glue gun to secure the raw ends of the fabric.
Step 13: Loop the belt over the center bar of the buckle at least 1 to 1 ½” with WST. Again, using your zipper foot, sew the end of the belt to secure the buckle. Hand tack close to the buckle if desired.
Now your Reversible Vintage Trim Belt is complete! Use it to spruce up an otherwise plain sweater set and pair of jeans to create an amazing, preppy ensemble!
Thanks, Lindsay, for the opportunity to share my Reversible Vintage Trim Fabric Belt Tutorial with your readers today! I’ve had so much fun visiting, and I hope that everyone will stop by sewVery for more fun sewing and crafting tutorials I’ve written. See you there real soon!