Sewing Tutorial: Easy-Sew Cummerbund Belts

Yeah, these are pretty awesome.

I am so making these. Okay, maybe even several. Want to know why? For starters, they are such an awesome accessory. Have a dress that is kind of plain Jane? No more with the addition of a sassy fabric belt. How about a top that is a bit blousy and unflattering? No thank you! Grab your sewing supplies, follow our sewing tutorial, and get ready to make yourself some of the best belts ever. 

Sewing Tutorial: Easy-Sew Cummerbund Belts

First, you’ll need to gather some sewing supplies:

  • Dritz Styling Design Ruler
  • Loop turner
  • Straight pins
  • Tape measure
  • 1/2 yard fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pen & paper
  • Iron

Sewing Tutorial: Easy-Sew Cummerbund Belts

Measure your natural waistline and subtract 1”. Cut a piece of paper that is 4-1/4” x half of your waist measurement.

Fold the paper in half lengthwise, and mark one of the 4-1/4” sides 5/8” up from the fold. Use the Dritz Styling Design Ruler to trace and cut off the corner.

 


Sewing Tutorial: Easy-Sew Cummerbund Belts

Fold your fabric, and place your template with the short side, opposite of the tapered side, on the fabric fold. Pin and cut the two layers together. Repeat for a second layer.


Sewing Tutorial: Easy-Sew Cummerbund Belts

Pin the two fabric pieces with right sides together, and stitch leaving the two tapered ends open for the ties. Turn it inside out through one of the side openings.

 

Cut two strips of fabric that are 3” x 35”. This length can vary on your waist size, and how long you want the ties. (This comfortably wraps around a 26” waist, leaving plenty of length to tie a bow in the front.)


Sewing Tutorial: Easy-Sew Cummerbund Belts

Fold the strips in half lengthwise with the right sides together. Fold one of the short ends up diagonally to create a point. Stitch the long side and point. Turn it inside out with the Loop Turner. Repeat for the other tie.


Sewing Tutorial: Easy-Sew Cummerbund Belts

Insert the unfinished end of a tie into one of the cummerbund sides. Fold under the loose ends and topstitch together. Repeat for the other tie.

These little lovelies might even be the star of my next girls night gathering. Why not? These would be great gift ideas for the upcoming holidays. Easy to sew. Exact size is not an issue. Fabric choices are limitless. So, have I convinced you? Happy making!

Please tell us about your best belts ever! What kind of fabric did you use? Any tips to share? We really would love to hear from you.

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