How to Make Your Own Belly Dance Hip Scarves

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How to Make Your Own Belly Dance Hip Scarves
You can add embelishments such as coins and beads to your belly dancing scarf. (belly dancing women image by Lisa Eastman from

Belly dancing originated from the Middle East. Aside from being an art form, it is also fitness exercise used to tone the muscles. Belly dancing is one of the most graceful of the dance arts and is very exotic and lovely to watch. When belly dancing is embellished with the right costume or dress, the effect is even more stunning. Save money and make your own belly dancing hip scarves customised to your liking.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Paper and pen
  • Light fabric (chiffon)
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Belly dancing belt

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  1. 1

    Measure your hips at the widest part and write down the measurements. Add ¼ of an inch to the measurement for the hem. The fabric should go around your hips. You can adjust the length of the fabric to how long or short you want your hip scarf to be.

  2. 2

    Pin the fabric ¼ of an inch all the way around and sew using a simple running stitch either on the sewing machine or by hand. A running stitch is a simple straight stitch made as you pass the needle in and out of the fabric.

  3. 3

    Ask a friend to help you position the fabric so that it allows you to move and dance freely. The fabric should rest on your hip at an angle. fabric and rests at the most attractive angle for you.

  4. 4

    Pin the fabric onto the belly dancing belt. Sew the fabric so that it hangs loosely on the belt you are using.

Tips and warnings

  • Check with your doctor before undertaking the physical exertion of exercises such as belly dancing.

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