November 13, 2012

How to Make an Elastic + Lace Belt

The dress that I wore to the RAW Showcase in October needed something to bring the look together.  It came with a skinny cream colored belt, which I wasn't crazy about.  So, I decided to add a black belt to go with my shoes.

1.  You will need thick elastic, lace, scissors, needle, thread, an iron, Fray Check, snap buttons, and fusible interfacing.
2.  Cut a strip of interfacing and place it on top of your lace.  Make sure you are working on a flat surface.
3.  Iron over the interfacing and lace.  This may take a few minutes.
4.  Once the interfacing has cooled, peel away the paper backing.
5.  Place your lace with the interfacing side down onto the elastic.
6.  Iron over the lace and elastic.  This may take a few minutes.  Run a quick stitch through the belt to keep the lace in place.
7.  If needed, trim any excess lace or elastic away.  Seal the edges with Fray Check.
8.  Sew the stud half of the snap buttons along the outside edge of the belt.
9.  Sew the socket half of the snap buttons along the inside edge of the belt.
10.  Be sure that when you wrap your belt around your waist the buttons will snap together correctly.  I chose to fold in and sew some of the elastic so I would have a smooth edge.
11.  Your belt is ready to wear!


P.S.  You've probably noticed that comments are turned off this week.  I'm testing the waters to see if I want to keep them turned off permanently.  Thanks for understanding!