Since belting sweaters are all the rage these days, I thought I would share this fabric/ribbon belt with you. There are so many things you could do with this – but here is the basic idea:
1/4 yard fabric (or choose 1/8 yard of 2 for reversible belt)
Ribbon (2 pieces, 1 yard or more depending on size of belt and desired length of ribbon)
1/8 yard ultrafirm (non-woven stabilizer)
Tools: loop turner, fray-check, scissors, pins
Step 1: determine the length and width of the fabric portion of your belt and how long the ribbon portion will need to be in order to tie it. (you don’t want your fabric to touch when the ribbon is tied)
Step 2: create a pattern using something you already have. You want to use something with a little bit of a curve (ex. a leather belt that you have worn a lot or the bottom hem of a skirt)
Step 3: make a pattern and cut it out. I used the bottom hem of a skirt, and traced it onto Swedish Tracing paper (if you haven’t used it – you will love it), then used my ruler to mark 3″ from my curved line (since I want a finished belt that is 2″ wide and I am using a 1/2″ seam allowance).
Step 4: cut a piece of Ultrafirm slightly shorter and about 1 1/4″ less than your fabric pieces (if you are using a 1/2″ seam allowance).
Step 5: fold ends of fabric under about 1/2″ and pin right sides of fabric together – sew using 1/2″ seam allowance.
Step 6: using a loop turner – turn fabric right side out. Press fabric flat. Using loop turner – pull piece of ultrafirm through the belt.
Step 7: Pin ribbon in place on each end, tucking it between fabric layers. Top-stitch around perimeter of belt, going through layers of fabric, ribbon and ultrafirm so it doesn’t shift as you wear it.
Step 8: trim edges of ribbon at desired angle and apply fray-check so your ribbon doesn’t fray!
Step 9: belt your sweater!