One of the easiest sewing projects you can do is to make a sash belt. Sash belts are a great way to dress up an otherwise boring outfit and add a bit of flair to your wardrobe. Read on for instructions on how to make a sash belt.
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Things you need
- Fabric, 1/4 yard
- Sewing machine
Choose fabrics to make your sash belt. You can use leftover fabric from other projects, or you can purchase ¼ yard from your local fabric store. I like to choose two coordinating patterns in the same colours, such as stripes and a solid colour, and put them on opposite sides of the scarf.
Measure yourself to make your sash belt. To determine the length of your sash belt measure your waist and add at least 12 inches on each side. So if your waist is 30 inches, your sash belt should be 54 inches The fabric for your sash should be at least 4 inches wide for a 3-inch-wide belt.
Cut your fabric. Cut two long rectangles to make your sash belt according to your measurements. You may need to piece strips of fabric together to get the right length.
Sew your sash belt. Pin your strips of fabric together with the pattern facing in. With a sewing machine, sew down the length of each side of fabric. Try to make the seam no more than 1/2 inch on each side.
Turn your sash belt. Affix a large safety pin on one end of the sash belt and use it to thread the belt through itself until it is right side out. Then sew the sash belt flat, making sure the seams are crisp.
Finish the sash belt. Fold the ends of the sash belt inward inch and iron them flat. Next, hand-sew the ends closed.
Tips and warnings
- You can make the ends diagonal if you wish.
- You can purchase buckles at the craft store if you wish.
- Once you have perfected the rectangle sash belt, experiment by making the centre wider and ends thin, and using different shapes.
- Children attempting this project should be monitored when using the sewing machine