How to sew waist cinchers

Written by courtney clark
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Waist cinchers, or corset belts, are one of the most diverse pieces of clothing a woman can have in her wardrobe. Versatile in style and shape, waist cinchers can be worn for a variety of different costumes for a Renaissance fair, Halloween, conventions or other costumed events. In addition to this, they can be worn with a simple T-shirt and jeans. While waist cinchers can be expensive to purchase, it is easy to make an inexpensive waist cincher at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric interfacing
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • 10 eyelets
  • Corset lacing

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  1. 1

    Measure the circumference of the waist. Cut out two pieces of upholstery fabric that are each 8 inches wide and just as long as the waist measurement.

  2. 2

    Cut out a piece of fabric interfacing that is the same size as the two fabric pieces. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of one of the fabric pieces.

  3. 3

    Lay the two fabric pieces directly on top of each other, right sides together, and sew them together all around the edges, leaving a 3 inch opening in the middle of one of the longer sides.

  4. 4

    Turn the waist cincher right side out, using the 3 inch opening in the seam. Iron the waist cincher flat and sew the 3 inch opening closed.

  5. 5

    Insert 5 eyelets into each of the shorter edges of the waist cincher, following the instructions on the eyelet package. Space the eyelets about 1 inch apart from each other.

  6. 6

    Cut a piece of corset string that is 24 inches long and thread it through the eyelets of the waist cincher in a crisscross pattern.

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