DIY Waist Cincher

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DIY Waist Cincher
Variations of waist cinchers have been worn by women throughout history. (le dos image by Vely from Fotolia.com)

Many women wish they could easily shrink the sizes of their waists. Some of these women perform exercises, such as sit-ups, to help shrink their waists. For quicker results, some women choose to wear waist cinchers, which wrap tightly around the waist, cinching it into a smaller size. Many lingerie stores carry waist cinchers in a variety of fabrics, sizes, colours and closure options. A DYI custom-designed waist cincher is easy if you have access to a sewing machine.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 1 yd fabric
  • Chalk
  • 1 yd fusible interfacing
  • Sewing pins
  • Eyelet setting tools
  • 8 grommets
  • 2 yd ribbon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the narrowest part of your waist. Subtract 2 in. from this measurement, and write this down for later reference.

  2. 2

    Measure a section of fabric that is 6 in. wide and the length of the measurement from Step 1. Mark the measurements on the fabric with a piece of chalk. Cut out the shape.

  3. 3

    Repeat Step 2 so you have 2 identical sections of fabric.

  4. 4

    Lay your fusible interfacing on your work surface. Arrange the pieces of cut fabric on top. Using your chalk, trace the outline of the pieces of fabric on to the interfacing. Cut the traced shapes out of the fusible interfacing.

  5. 5

    Iron the fusible interfacing on to the backs of the pieces of fabric.

  6. 6

    Lay the pieces of fabric on top of each other, right sides together so the interfacing is facing outside. Pin the fabric pieces together to ensure they don't shift.

  7. 7

    Sew along the edges of the pinned pieces of fabric, stopping 2 in. from the first stitch. Turn the fabric inside out through the opening to reveal the right sides of the fabric.

  8. 8

    Iron the fabric to connect the front and back sections of fabric with the internal fusible interfacing.

  9. 9

    Sew the remaining raw edge.

  10. 10

    Set four grommets on each side of the waist cincher using your eyelet setting tools. The grommets should be set on each end of width-end of the fabric.

  11. 11

    Wrap your waist cincher around your waist, and lace the ribbon through the grommets, just as you would lace your shoe. Pull the ribbon tightly to cinch in your waist. Tie the ribbon into a bow to complete the waist cincher.

Tips and warnings

  • Stretchy fabric works well to create a tight-fitting waist cincher. Try using flesh-coloured fabric and ribbon to make a waist cincher that cannot be detected under clothing.

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