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May • 1 year ago

Fabric bow belt: If you desire a permanent bow, fold it at one belt end, then wrap a small piece of ribbon over the center to create a faux knot; secure with hidden stitches. Sew a hook behind the bow; then sew a hook or thread chain on the right side of the other belt end.

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"Trench-style belts Fashion’s new soft fabric belts are reminiscent of those customarily found on trench coats. Suitable for mid-weight cottons, linens, wools, or microfibers, these belts are generally 1 3/8 inches wide (or wider) and may or may not have eyelets. When you sew: Simply cut two pieces of fabric, fuse lightweight interfacing to the wrong side of both, sew them right sides together, and turn them right-side out."

"Ribbon in solids, stripes, and prints make for fun, decorative belts. You can fold and sew one end of the belt around a buckle, or transform a tie belt by hemming the cut ends. Grosgrain and velvet ribbons have plenty of body, so they make beautiful belts. For finer satin or silk ribbons, layer two lengths of ribbon wrong sides together, with a strip of interfacing in between, then topstitch."

"For a double-duty, reversible soft belt, topstitch ribbon to one side of the webbing. If the webbing is lightweight, the ribbon will keep it from stretching."

Instructions and lots of great tips for making a variety of belt styles!