DIY Craft: Ribbon Belts

Along with being super easy to make, ribbon belts are very comfortable for both children and adults to wear. Making ribbons belts is not only easy, but cost effective as well. This article contains a tutorial that can be created by those who are considered beginners at sewing. Be careful, you may become addicted to making multiple ribbon belts in various colors and designs.

Materials

Roll of 1 ¼”Grosgrain Ribbon*
Scissors
2 D-rings
Sewing Machine
Measuring Tape

Additional Materials

Roll of Fusible Adhesive
Iron
Ironing Bard

* Choosing Ribbon – If you’re using a solid color for your ribbon belt, you can just use a single strip of the grosgrain ribbon unless you choose otherwise. In some cases, rolls of grosgrain ribbon that contain designs do not have the designs printed on both sides. In these instances, you’ll need to choose another roll of ribbon, possibly a solid color, that will go well with the design you have chosen. This is when you would be adhering the two strands together. It adds a little extra work, but the outcome is great because you end up with a reversible ribbon belt!

Directions

Step One – Measure the waist of the person for whom you are making the belt for. Take that measurement and add 7- 9 inches to it. This total will be the length of ribbon that you need to cut.

* If you are using a single strand of ribbon for the belt, skip to Step Four. If you have chosen two strands of ribbon to fuse together for the belt, continue to Step Two.

Step Two – Cut a strip of the fusible adhesive that is as long as the length of the ribbon. Follow the instructions on the package before ironing together the ribbon and fusible adhesive. Once you have adhered the two sections of ribbon together, move on to the next step.

Step Three – For extra durability, sew a stitch that runs down the entire length of the ribbon belt (the top and bottom).

Step Four – Place your ribbon belt onto a flat surface (inside of belt facing up) and slip one end through the flat side of the D-rings. The ribbon should overlap the D-ring around 1/2″. Sew a vertical stitch to hold that section in place. For extra security, you may want to sew 2 or 3 more stitches over the area.

Step Five: The final step is to heat seal the end of the ribbon belt to prevent fraying. The easiest way is to pass the end of the ribbon through a flame (candle or lighter) very quickly. The pass should be in one motion from left to right. Please use caution with this step and make sure an adult performs the heat seal. Once the ribbon passes through the flame, it will harden and seal the end of the ribbon belt.

Extra Tips:

All of the supplies listed above can be found at most local craft stores, but try visiting the websites below to view a variety of grosgrain ribbon.

The Ribbon Retreat – www.theribbonretreat.com
The Ribbon Spot – www.theribbonspot.com

Save any extra materials that are leftover from your crafting project to make ribbon belts for friends and family members. They are sure to make unique gifts!