Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

Fun to make & even more fun to wear.

Spring is around the corner, and with that comes the urge to add a splash of color to outfits. Want a simple way to do it? How about making an easy-sew DIY ribbon belt (or two)? These gems use the grosgrain ribbon of your choice, plus some key Dritz® belt hardware. Choose ribbon in bright stripes or bold solids, and finish them with fashion belt buckles and belt tips. Sturdy Dritz® polypro belting works behind the scenes to add strength and structure.

Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

Dritz® supplies:

Other supplies:

  • Colorful 7/8″ wide grosgrain ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine with matching thread
  • Pliers

Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts using Dritz buckles, polypro belting, and grosgrain ribbon.

Gather your supplies.

Check out the many styles of Dritz® buckles and polypro belting to choose from. (More choices = more belts!)


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

Striped belt with slide buckle set:

1) Measure waist and add 14” to the measurement. The additional length will extend beyond the buckle. Cut belting and ribbon to this measurement.

2) Apply Fray Check® to ends of ribbon and belting.


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts (Heart shaped pins & grosgrain ribbon)

3) Pin ribbon on length of belting. Stitch 1/8” from edge of ribbon on all sides. Backstitch at the beginning and end of stitching.

(Got your eye on that pin caddy?)


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

4) Insert one end of the belting into a belt tip. Press tip sides together with fingers to position on belting. Use pliers to flatten the middle and sides of the tip securely.

TIP: Cover the pliers with washi tape or a piece of fabric to prevent scratching the metal.


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts (Buckle & grosgrain ribbon)

5) With belt and buckle laying right side down, slide the belt tip under the clamp in the buckle end. Press the clamp down to secure the belt.


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts (Buckle & grosgrain ribbon)

6) Place the belt around your waist or through the belt loops of your pants. Slide the other end of the belt through the buckle. Slide the lock bar to secure the belt as you like it to fit.

Trim excess belting and apply Fray Check® to the raw edge. Apply belt tip with pliers as in step 4.

Slide it on and feel fabulous!


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

Pink belt with rounded fashion buckle:

1) Measure waist and add 1”. Cut belting to this length.

2) Cut ribbon 1” longer than measurement in step 1.

3) Apply Fray Check® to ends of belting and ribbon.

4) Fold ribbon ends under ½” and press. Pin in place.


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

5) Pin ribbon on length of belting.


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

6) Stitch 1/8” from edge of ribbon on all sides. Backstitch at the beginning and end of stitching.

Mix it up! Add flair with contrasting thread!


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

7) Loop belting through one side of belt buckle and fold over 1-1/2”. Stitch in place on top side of belt with matching thread. Backstitch at beginning and end.

8) Loop belting through other side of belt buckle. Be sure buckle is facing in the right direction. Pin in place. Try on belt to be sure of fit. Stitch belting in place.


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

Isn’t she pretty?


Sewing Tutorial: Easy DIY Ribbon Belts

Fun and fabulous, and oh-so-easy! These belts are a great project to get you thinking SPRING! Enjoy!! 

Want more ideas? Our elastic belts are fun, too!

Thanks to Jennifer Mathis for making these cute belts for us! Be sure to check out more of her sewing projects and tutorials over at Ellison Lane.

 

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