So the other day I wanted a purple belt to match my shirt, and twenty minutes later I had one. This newest crafting obsession actually has some worth. The purple one even has a hook to hold my keys or that cute little Chapstick holder that I've been meaning to make for the last two years.
I thought sewing this loop for the swivel hook would be a pain, but it was quite easy. I sewed the webbing loop with the hook on it and then twisted it around so that the seam would be on the inside. Next time I shall try it with the matching ribbon on top.
In keeping with my new year's resolution to use up the stash, I've also been trying to make do with the hardware I have on hand. I used up all the one-inch d-rings like the ones on this belt:
|Belt looped to the inside--nice look IMHO|
I also decided to spruce up the two store-bought cloth belts I had hanging around with some ribbon.
I think Brian is getting a bit fearful that I may start embellishing his belts with polka dots or boats, so I'm moving on to something else tomorrow. I have a ruler to make circular quilts (Jaybird Quilts maybe?) that's been sitting around for a couple of years. Time to put it to work!
I shall leave you with a few things learned from all this ribbon belt sewing:
- I have stopped using any Wonder Under or Steam-a-Seam. I found it easier to just guide the ribbon as I sew it on. It is especially easy when the ribbon is the same width as the webbing. The iron-on stuff also creates small puckers at times. The puckers aren't significant and don't show when the belt is bent around your waist, but why add to the cost of making these if you can avoid it.
- While I usually use a long stitch when sewing on ribbons and such, I shorted them up on these to a 2.5 or 3 setting on my Brother machine. It looks better and seems sturdier to me.