Hello, Shirley Adams to bring you Belt
Bazaar. Program number six of the series. I really love belts to give a finished
look, add some polish, and definitely to coordinate the outfits. the belt I’m
wearing coordinates the blouse and the suit because both fabrics are used here
in the belt so it kind of ties it all together and coordinates nicely the same
thing happens with a suit I wore last week and the belt that I made to go with
that combines the blouse and the suit again so it all looks like a finished
thing it looks like a designer did it without looking homemade so it can do
some other things that can either set the mood making it casual or dressy
anyone can wear them really a small waist can flaunt it show it off in its
entirety but a large waist can just hint at it hint at some shapeliness by
allowing a few inches to show where the jacket or the cardigan whatever opens
well here’s how to make the belt that I’m wearing and the ones that I have
around on the table from last week suede scraps or they don’t have to be out of
suede they can certainly be out of any fabrics that you want to use or also if
belts are just not your thing I showed you last week where you can do the same
idea in a belt that you can in a bag so transfer these ideas from one thing to
another and the way you do this then on the belts is start out by making a paper
pattern and I have one here already cut this paper pattern is six inches longer
than my waist and you shape it as you like it this one is just a straight belt
it does get though wider in the center this is about three inches wide here at
the center and then it tapers out at the edges to about two inches in the back so
six inches wider or longer than your waist and whatever shape and width you
want it then we’re going to need to have two layers cut in fleece now you can buy
this polyester fleece by the Artic comes in several brands and you simply cut at
the very same size as the pattern two layers and then you need two other
layers of something different wonder under or some fusible transfer
web like this and with this one it’s notice
about half-inch five-eighths of an inch bigger all the way around then the
fleece was because we want that to wrap around the fleece to cover up the raw
edges so that’s the starting point cut those out then we’re going to take one
layer of this wonder under and I have it the business side down on a piece of
fabric that’s the fusible side down the web’s down there the transfer sheets on
top of course because you’re going to put your iron on it so this will just do
with a sort of a medium iron or down to synthetics and I’m just going to press
this in place actually I’m rubbing this I’m ironing in place which is fine and
then after you do this then cut out the fabric don’t try to in advance cut out
both the Wonder Under and the fabric and then get them to mesh this is the easy
way so after you cut it out or after you fuse it down you simply cut it out all
the way around we do one layer of that in lining we do another layer of that in
the outside the fashion fabric so this one I’ve already fused down this one
I’ve cut off and now I’m going to peel off that transfer sheet and this is just
a throwaway but if you’d like you can save this for a pattern to do on the
next belt you do so either way then these two layers of fleece that I cut I
want to do a little mark before I ever start so that I don’t get confused later
I want to lift up one layer and just mark between them and the reason I’m
doing this is because even though they should be the same at both ends in case
my scissors went a little cattywampus here or there I don’t want to
accidentally put them together the wrong way and they won’t fit I want to make
sure I knew which end was together at the start so that it works out right at
the end okay then one of these layers doesn’t matter which because they’re the
very same I’m going to put down on this fabric and I want to see that red mark
that I made so I have it up on top and I’m going to put a couple of pins in
just to hold it in place and then after it’s pin I want to wrap the fabric all
around the fleece so I’ll start at this end and I’m going to pin this one down
also just one little pin here and then what I do to the ends it sticks to
itself if I push it so I’m going to push it not straight down but notice how I
pushed it in a little bit I’ll push this one cuz it popped up I
push it in just a little bit instead of straight across and that’s so when I
fold it this way the ends don’t show out here where they shouldn’t show so just
get myself a few pins here because I’m going to do a lot of pinning so this is
going to be pinned like this all the way around and after you have enough pins to
hold this in place then it’ll eventually be fused now I’m doing this a
combination belt combination of fabrics the fashion fabric layer that I’m using
here is floral it’s a woven print fabric cotton the lining layer that I’m using
is a t-shirt knit actually I sometimes combined with these things
Suede’s and may be nicer fabrics dressier fabrics but in this case it’s
going to be a casual belt to go with the summer dress and what I’m doing by the
way in case you wonder what is that little thing she’s working on this is
half size it’s so unwieldy and it takes a longer time than I care to to make
that whole big sized belt so this is a half size belt I’ve simply cut it down
in size so the techniques the same the belt you make will probably be a little
larger because I don’t know that there are any ways quite this small then after
we get this pinned all the way around just a few pins to hold it and notice
also how I was putting these pins in not straight down I am instead putting them
in at a slant they’re going in this way on this side and they’re going that way
on that side and that’s because now I’m ready to take the iron and just do a
slight fuse baste here is what I’m really doing all the way around and
after this is all slightly fused in place then I’m going to be ready to give
it a good hard fuse after I take the pins out of it so take the pins out and
then really give it a hard fuse and then it’s ready to go to be made into this
belt now one additional little thing I’m going to need besides and I would of
course do the same thing to the lining layer as I did to the fashion fabric
layer because the two of them are going to be sandwiched together later as you
can see with this one inside outside so I will later need the two layers
therefore do them both now but I’m trying to hurry this along so I wouldn’t
bother at this point okay then we can give this a good hard fuse all over and
really get it flat and turn it over and do the same thing and this is where if I
had one of the Suede’s here one of the synthetics weights this is where I’d put
a press cloth over it before I then put the iron on it so that I won’t ruin the
surface texture of that suede but on this cotton fabric it simply doesn’t
matter if I put the iron directly on it okay one additional little thing I’m
going to need if I would put this belt around my waist just as it is this was
sort of stick out and back now that’s not too attractive so what I’ve put
there is a little anchor because when I fastened this belt I’m going to put the
other end of the belt through here and when I get it in the place where I want
it on my waist the velcro pieces will stick down but that little anchor keeps
it all in shape so that it looks nice so that’s what I also want to build at this
time while I’m here on the ironing board so I have taken another little piece of
wonder under about four inches this way and about one and a half inches wide and
I’m going to put that down on the fashion fabric layer in press and then
cut that out and after I cut it out I’ll peel off that paper layer and enclose
all the raw edges and the way to enclose those is simply fold to the middle so
here I’m folding this and because it’s still warm it sticks to itself so I fold
these to the center I fold once more so that everything is completely encased
except the ends we don’t worry about that at this point and then press that
and then I’m ready to sit down at the Machine and do the stitching so this is
really very quickly done and it just makes them super belts now the first
thing to do at the machine that little anchor I did I might as well go ahead
and stitch that so I’ll stitch those two edges together and when I do these belts
I have the same as I did for the ultra suede last week I’m using a Teflon
needle in here because it works a little bit better it
doesn’t get caught as regular needles wood it just goes through easier if it’s
slippery as a stretch needle would be so I’m going to stitch both sides of this
and then I’m ready to go on the belt so there’s the little anchor now what I
want to do I’ve already pinned to the lining layer one end of it it doesn’t
matter which end but one end of the lining layer I want to pin the loop side
the soft side of some velcro I usually take that little velcro strip and this
is not the kind of stick son you don’t want to use that for this project
because it’ll skip stitches when you stitch then on the machine this is the
kind that does not have a sticky backing but before I put it on I’m going to
round those corners a little bit just because there’s they’re nicer this way
so I’ll round all four of the corners that way on the loop side and I would do
the same thing later on the hook side so after I have that rounded I’m pinning it
down here to the lining layer of my belt but not to the raw side back here I
don’t want to see that I want to see the finished side so you pin it on the
fabric side and if you are going to put a label in now is the time to just slip
your label under the end of that and turn under the raw edge here of the
other end and I have that pinned in place and also at this time this is the
time to pin the anchor which I really didn’t want to have on this belt I had
up in there I’m going to pin that little anchor here too and it’s going to go
underneath there on the fleece side but it’s also going to show of course on the
top side now I would ordinarily perhaps use clear thread that doesn’t show if I
had to have a combination of colors or at least harmonizing thread pink in this
case but I’m not going to here just so that you can see after I finish what it
looks like well I’m simply going to stitch this little anchor down if I pull
out the pin maybe it’ll move easier and I’ll back stitch
stitch forward again so that anchor is secured right here and then I’m going to
move over to the velcro and stitch that all the way around the outside now these
can be kind of big stitches I have this set at about oh three point five so that
it does a quicker job of it but also because they don’t need to be any
smaller than this now if your machine does not willingly stitch over pins then
be careful about this you are going to occasionally hit a pin if you do
anything like stitching over them but I’m fairly certain the way I have them
placed and the fact that I use very fine pins that it’s not going to hit so we
stitch this all the way around so far we’ve only taken a few minutes this is
really a pretty fast belt and we’d cut all those threads off short every place
and take all the pins out and get rid of the rest of these threads then on the
fashion fabric side of the belt we need to have the I didn’t finish pardon me
I’ll go back here with my twill realize I would stitch down the label I won’t
bother at this point but this is the time also when you’d stitch down your
label it’s hooked here under the velcro but I didn’t finish stitching it okay
then at the opposite side and the opposite end I’m going to stitch the
hook side of the velcro now remember that little red mark I made at the
beginning okay here’s the red mark that I have on both pieces so I know that
they’re going to work out together if I put those red marks together so at this
end at the other end is where I want to stitch the hook end of the velcro so
let’s stitch that around and then after that stitched around then we can sit
back and pin a little bit and please stitch yours very carefully so it looks
wonderful okay and I’ll cut those threads off and
then we’re ready to get those two ends together so okay I’m going to do all the
stitching from the top side therefore it’s a good idea to pin from the top
side so everything goes together just right and I’m going to put those pins
not all the way through back and forth but I will instead just try to keep it
as flat as possible and I want also hopefully to get a little roundness in
this so that it goes around my waist well because I used the knit on the
backside I can probably force a little roundness into it so it’s not a bad
fabric to use now that knit that I used is simply a t-shirt fabric and yes I
would even combine t-shirt fabric with ultra suede at times it works well and
as I start to stitch this after I get through pinning it I’m going to start
stitching opposite this little anchor that’s where the starting spot is and few more pins in here to hold it maybe
put it down on the table you can see why I did not do this in a full size belt
because it would have taken longer than I care to take it’s a good idea to work
a little shape into these belts because if you make them just straight around
they’re not as comfortable to wear but also they aren’t quite as flattering if
they have a little bit of shape like tapering off at the ends as this one
does it is more flattering to wear this is just as easy on any kind of fabric it
doesn’t matter if it’s a metallics or if it’s as I said knits wovens anything you
use it’s very easy to stitch on any of these and build a marvelous belt okay
now this is just the basic belt I’ll show you later a few variations you
might try okay it’s all pinned together I’m going to start stitching then as I
said just opposite this anchor so I’ll start right here I’ll stitch all the way
around and I’ll stop here I’m going to leave a little hole right here because
the anchor has to slip in that so if I start stitching right here and
I’m using the black thread again because this is a floral print it might be a
good idea instead to use some of that colorless thread to do this stitching
but okay just stitches all the way around and walking it along with my fingers to make
sure things work out right when I get to this corner I’m going to put the needle
down in the fabric and turn and come up the end and turn again and come up this
end now if you want to what would probably be wise is to stop as you come
to each pin and pull it out before you go beyond there but I’m not doing that
I am simply stitching over them and hoping that my needle does not hit okay here’s where it might make a little
bit of noise because it’s going through several layers and turn again come up
here and I’m almost through with this okay I back stitched and I can cut off
my threads short and now all I have left to do on this is to get that anchor
attached well what could present a problem on that little anchor is the
fact that it’s not too easy to stitch that in between layers and still get
your foot under the machine what is going to be here when I’m all finished
but what I’m going to do right now is put it across the top because I can turn
it right-side out later and I’m going to put that stiff anchors end and that’s
why we stiffened it with the wonder under I’m going to put that end right
there in that little hole and then when I do my stitching I’m going to curve
this up like this and then my foot can go right under there without a problem
and it’s only a few stitches that you need here so it’s not a long distance
it’s a very short space that you’re going to stitch and I’ll back stitch
here and then go ahead and stitch forward to meet my original stitching
and back stitch that cut all those threads off short and then all I have to
do to finish this is turn the anchor to the wrong side and my little belt is
completely finished now if you’ve really been on a diet that might fit but it
looks more like a bracelet than a belt but anyway this is the idea this is a
finished belt it was very quick and easy to make and you too can make it what I’d
like to show you though with this belt is some of the variations that you might
do now as I said you can combine the knits and woven’s
you need to of course think is it compatible because if you are going to
wash it it better be compatible so that you can either wash it or dry clean up
whichever is appropriate very often and especially if they’re in darker colors
it’s doubtful that you’re ever going to do anything to it such as cleaning it or
washing it so you don’t have to worry about it in most cases pastel summer
outfits then I would make it all washable so that it will work into your
light style more easily some of the variations
that you might do on this would be of course using a different fabric here
there are a combination of fabrics but even if I do use ultra suede remember I
was saying last week that we use some raw edges here I would go ahead and
cover all these edges because it works well that way I’ll just get this belt
down a minute here again one of the things I really like about these belts
with the fused layers is the fact that see how soft and squishy this is but it
doesn’t look that way when it’s on your waist
it looks very rigid and it holds in place very nicely and it’s comfortable
it doesn’t poke you in the ribs or hips so that’s what I like about the fleece
inside the fact that it is so soft now some of the variations notice right here
what the variations are what I did was combine my blouse fabric with the suede
of the suit and I did it for a couple of reasons I didn’t have maybe enough of
the scraps to go all the way around of the suede so this pads it out a little
bit if you’re using a very expensive fabric in some part you can just use a
little bit of it and not a great deal and Pat it out within a less expensive
fabric or whatever you have more fabric of also the lining of this it’s
something completely different than either of the fabrics that I used on the
face of it it’s just something that harmonized well with it in fact it’s
some leftover suit lining from this suit as what’s used there let’s think of some
of the other things you might do and the inspiration that you get from them I’ll
pull a few of these over as I reach for them and show you the idea from this
came when I was a boot shopping and I saw some boots that were kind of crushed
at the ankle and I thought now that looks like a good idea to transfer to a
belt and then I later transferred it as I did or showed you on the suit I wore
last week I transferred that same idea to the waistline of this suit and what
that idea is is simply cutting through the suede layer I’ll move this around a
little bit and you can see that about every half inch I made a little slash
there with a craft knife just a small a short slash and I did that before I did
any fusing this was just to this as it was originally and I then wove
after I had all those little slashes made I wove this cording through it and
that cording was just made out of the same suede little knot tied on each end
the second end after I finished weaving it but I wove that back and forth
through everything and I scrunched it up gathered it up there on the court as
much as I wanted to so that it looked the way I wanted and then tied the
second knot then after I did all this that’s when I fused it to the fleece and
so on so what this meant is it wasn’t the original size of that pattern it was
going to be a little bit bigger in the middle in order to make those pleats
there so here’s one idea you get an idea from whatever you see out there that you
like and you transfer those ideas in other ways here’s one that I have a few
weeks back I showed you a quilted jacket that was made of this fabric and this
belt that I made to go with that quilted jacket is just a tracing of it or at
least it’s a blown up tracing of it there are little teeny flowers and they
look just like this and they’re the very same colors as I have here now I’ve told
you before you don’t have to be an artist to do these things just borrow
your ideas from the fabric artist or from whomever you can get a good idea so
I did these tracings on wonder under i fuse them to the backside of the same
colors of suede that were in the fabric and then after I had them fused on top
the belt I stitched them down any of these extra embellishments that I put on
like this I would stitch down to the one layer as I have it fused here on the
ironing board this layer when I had it all fused this is when I would actually
embellish it I would not wait till the belt was completely finished and
embellished later because if you would do that your stitches would show through
to the wrong side also and I kind of like the wrong side nobody’s going to
see it but me but I kind of like the wrong side looking very nice so another
little idea there here’s one where I ran out of suede also I only had a small
amount of suede to put on one end of it and then I had a whole lot of suede
scraps to make stripes out of now obviously where I got those little
scraps or why I use these colors is because they are the same colors that
were used in this fabric so again I’m borrowing from that artist who did the
fabric so that I could get the colors together that would go so well so I did
the other half of the belt out of fabric instead of out of suede because as I
said I didn’t have enough but also because this will coordinate the outfit
that it’s worn in another idea here just stripes going across and with these
stripes they also were the very same colors that I found in a print fabric
print fabrics are always a good source for any ideas
so this print fabric I simply took the same colors in it and as I did these
stripes I didn’t actually fold those around when I was doing the original a
cover of it like this I didn’t fold him around I did the cover and then I just
had these stripes going off straight I had them fused in place and after I got
them all fused I took my scissors and just gave them a hair cut along the
edges to get rid of the excess that was sticking out beyond another belt that
you might have seen a few months back in a magazine this was an article that I
had written and what I have done on this is combined not only the synthetic
Suede’s but it also has a little scrap of real leather animal leather a little
lizard here so you can combine other things with it some other ideas that you
might use in this go for a walk along the beach collect some shells and see
what you can do with the shells down here I think I have one that has a shell
on it now this one isn’t actually attached the shell is an abalone shell
it has little holes punched in it nature punched those I didn’t do it and with
those little holes I simply wove a silk cord through them back and forth and
it’s the cord that’s attached to the belt then I did a few more little shells
around here to kind of copy that to just repeat that so nature might give you an
idea a belt that I have down here is the lining of the belt is what inspired this
one and because of that lining the print of it it had oh nice chrysanthemum sort
of things on it I thought let’s give that a little bit of glitter and the way
I did that was put some metallic thread in the machine
and I fused first of all the lining fabric to a little fleece to stiffen it
and then I just stitched back and forth along there with the metallic thread to
cover it to follow the lines in the fabric and afterwards stitched on some
beads by hand so it gives it makes quite an effective belt and yet it’s a very
simple thing it is very low in cost simply made from scraps
there are times though when I would go into a fabric store and buy belts or buy
fabric specifically for these belts very expensive fabric but even if it’s
terrifically expensive you use such a small amount in eighth of a yard is all
you use in any of these of the fabric that it actually doesn’t add up to much
well I really have such fun designing these belts and making them that by now
I possibly have 200 I hate to admit it but I possibly do so I warn you they are
addictive there are a lot of fun to make and you also can make them now what are
you going to do if you have that many belts well of course you wear them
whenever the outfit calls for it but think about putting a big rack those
expandable racks with all the wood pegs think about putting that on your sewing
room wall maybe and hanging all the belts there. well you can do it, it
doesn’t take a special touch next time however we’re going to talk about a
special touch, the Midas Touch as we look into working with metallics in golds and
silver to put a little glitter in your life. so come back and join us then. Piano Music