Tuesday, July 10, 2007

tutorial tuesday ~ ribbon belt

supplies:


  • 1 set of 'D' rings

  • grosgrain ribbon width of 'D' rings (mine were 1 1/2")

  • theme ribbon that is narrower than main ribbon (mine is 1")

  • matching thread

  • sewing machine

how to determine how much ribbon...i used a ribbon belt that i already had to help decide how much ribbon i needed. my finished belt is 43" long so i needed double that for the solid background ribbon...and for the printed theme ribbon (chosen especially for rpm!) you need less....i needed 57" for my belt. in general you need enough theme ribbon for the entire length of your belt plus about 12" for the back so when you are wearing the belt you see the theme ribbon when the belt turns back...this will make sense later on...really, it will...



step 1: pin the theme ribbon down the center of the main ribbon starting flush with one end...since you have way less theme ribbon it will end way before you get to the other end of your main ribbon...see picture below...





step 2: sew the theme ribbon to the main ribbon using appropriate color thread...sew down one side, tuck raw edge of theme ribbon under, make the turn, sew the end, make the other turn and continue back up to beginning...



below is the theme ribbon sewn to the main ribbon...note beginning edge is 'raw' and ending edge has been tucked under...




step 3: take both ends of main ribbon together (careful not to twist belt!) and pin together as shown below...note one end has theme ribbon and the other one doesn't...this is because there isn't as much theme ribbon as main ribbon...also, the other end will not have raw edges as you are simply folding the ribbon in half...




step 4: staring at folded end (not end shown above) sew down both sides of main ribbon with appropriate color thread, sewing both sides of main ribbon together...turning the corners at the end shown above and continuing back to folded edge (you can sew across folded edge if you want, i didn't)
step 5: at the non 'folded' edge (the one shown 2 pictures above) loop both 'D' ring thru and fold over about 1" and pin...sew back and forth multiple times to make sure rings are sewn in securely...


that's it! you are done making a ribbon belt...total time it took me...about 15 minutes! in the picture below, you can see where the theme ribbon is showing when the belt is 'buckled'...but that not all of the back is covered....that would just be wasting the theme ribbon (which is usually more expensive)...so that's why you get less theme ribbon than main ribbon...clear as mud?


if you don't have a sewing machine i think you could make a ribbon belt using fusible tape (hemming tape that you iron on) and simply hand stitch the 'D' rings on.


~k

7 comments:

Pam said...

very very cute!! what a great idea! I love the sandal theme ribbon.

AM said...

Have you ever thought (SERIOUSLY!!) about taking these (or your other crafts) to a local boutique and trying to sell them? Or starting an ETSY site to sell them online?

What if you could do so well at selling them that you could quit your job?

What if all the big Stars started buying your belts?

Would you still talk to us?

rpm said...

Oh my goodness...that theme ribbon is the CUTEST. That is amazing that you can do that in less than 15 minutes. I'm with AM...why don't you try selling these and the little tutus and other things you make? My sister and I were talking about your tutus and how very cute they are...we think you could make good money from those.

I made a D in the sewing portion of home ec in junior high! I still can't graspthe math of sewing. I do have a question: How do you keep sewing in a straight line? Do you have to keep a close eye on it or is there a guard thingy that keeps your material straight?

AM said...

Your tutu's really are superior. I could see them being sold for $$$$ in a boutique. My grandmother bought Emma a tutu (Target I think) and it just cant even compare to yours. Seriously, rich people would go crazy over your handmade tutus.

Lola's *mom* said...

I don't have a sewing machine but I like the idea of using fusible tape. The belt is really cute. Did you get this idea from one of the classes you've taken recently?

***Willow, Belle & Old Man Turbo's Mom*** said...

Way too Cute! Love the Flip Flop print! I am all for Flip Flops! I agree with AM you should sell them at a craft fair...Heck you and Puncy should pair up and make amazing things together!

Magnolia Sun said...

You are amazing!