How to make a fabric belt

DIY fabric belt using fabric scraps

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Hi Creative Mamas! I am super excited to share with you a very easy way to make a fabric belt. This is another fantastic DIY sewing tutorial. All you need is a good sewing machine, a belt buckle and fabric scraps.

DIY fabric belt made out of fabric scraps

When I came up with this belt I was looking for a way to make use of long strips of fabric leftovers.

However, you can use any kind of fabric sizes for these fabric belts. You can sew little pieces of fabric and create a long strip in that way or you can even patch small pieces of fabric scraps onto a base fabric.

Fabric belt tutorial

Equipment & materials

Belt buckle options

I have used 2 metal rings but there are other options, the buckles can br rectangular, square or circular.

you can get amazing antique belt buckles from thrift stores as well.

materials for the fabric belt, jelly roll fabric, belt buckles

Fabric belts

You will need to know the waist measurement that you need for the belt. Meassure your waist and then add 13 inches (33 cm).

That will give you the length you need. For this fabric covered belt I have used a 3 inches (8 cm) width but the width is up to you.

This belt has no seam allowances because I have left the edges raw. The idea is for them to fray overtime.

I haven’t used any heavy interfacing either but this is an option in case you want your own belt to be a little stiffer.

Step 1: Fabric belt materials

Gather your fabric scraps and the belt loops or belt buckles.

materials for the fabric belt, jelly roll fabric, belt buckles

For the printed fabric I have used jelly rolls fabric so they came already cut.

Cut the base fabric to fit the size in width as the printed fabric (whatever you choose this to be).

cutting the fabric for the belt

If you are using fabric scraps for your base fabric you will probably need to sew the strips to achieve the desired length as I had to.

The jelly rolls were a little shorter but I left them as they were because the ends of the belt need to be fiolded.

For the black canvas, I sewed 2 strips together to get the perfect length.

strips ready to be sewn

Pin the 2 strips of fabrics and choose the color threads you want to use. I used 3 different colors for my belt.

for the next step I used a black thread for the bobbin and a colored thread as the top thread.

gathering the threads and the fabrics to start sewing the belt

Start sewing random patterns. Have the black side up so that the colored thread will be noticeable.

sewing the decorative stitches on the belt

I used a larger stitch than normal. In my bernina machine it is a 3.5.

ewing the decorative stitches on the belt

Have fun sewing straight or curvy lines in different colors.

ewing the decorative stitches on the belt

The finished belt fabric will look like this:

finished belt by using stitches in different colors

Now you need to sew the belt buckles.

attaching the belt buckle on the fabric

Place them on the fabric belt and fold the belt end.

folding the fabric end to sew the buckle

Pin in place.

pining the fabric to sew the buckle

This is how the belt should look at this stage:

presentation of the pinned belt before sewing the buckles

Sew the pinned folded end several times. this will enclose the belt buckles and will be a nice detail.

Do the same with the other end.

finished belt with one end finished and the other end pinned

And this is how the finishes fabric belt should look 🙂

finished fabric belt open
finished fabric belt closed

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorials as much as I enjoyed making it! Check out these other tutorials of fun things to do using fabric scraps:

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