Can you guess what I made this belt from? An old pair of unwanted black pants! This DIY Bow Belt was inspired by this outfit worn by Blair from Atlantic-Pacific, one of my daily reads. I thought it was super chic to pair with a Spring dress or a black and white striped top. It adds such a great lady-like detail to any outfit! The best part is, it cost me $0 dollars!!!
Keep reading for step by step instructions below.
- A pair of old unwanted black pants or you can purchase black linen/cotton fabric
- Measuring tape/ruler
- Fabric marking pencil
- An existing waist belt used to measure length
- Sewing machine or you can opt to sew by hand
- A decorative button
- Some safety pins or sewing pins used to secure fabric in place while sewing
1. Cut out the full back of the pant legs, creating two strips of fabric. Line them both on top of one another and measure HALF the desired belt length, plus a couple of inches for sewing room (unless your pants are super long, you won’t have enough to create the full length of the belt).
2. Using a sewing machine or sewing by hand, sew the ends of the two strip of fabric together. This will create the full length of your belt.
3. Now fold the piece of fabric length wise and sew the length edges together.
4. Leaving the ends unsewn, flip the fabric inside out, creating a belt tube shape.
5. With the remaining fabric, cut out the shapes below to create the bow. I first folded a piece of fabric in half, then drew out the shape using the marking pencil, then cut leave one edge folded (think folding a peice of paper in half and trying to cut a symmetrical circle by cutting only a half)
6. You will need to cut 4 shapes in total, a right and left side. Sew along the red dotted lines as shown below. Leaving the inner edges unsewn.
7. Flip each shape inside out (creating little pockets)
8. Line the open edges up and sew along the red dotted lines as shown below.
9. Stack the two bow shapes created in the step above and the belt you created in step 4.
10. Create a similar tube shape as step 4 and wrap around the bow, secure the ends in the back by sewing it to the bow.
11. Sew a decorative button to one end of the belt.
12. On the other open end of the belt, tuck in the open edges.
13. Take a small scrap peice of fabric and create a skinny strip and pin it together to secure it in place.
14. Create a loop shape with the skinny strip and tuck into the end of the belt tube as shown below.
15. Sew along the red dotted line. This creates a button loop to fasten your belt.
Here you have it!
TIP: If you want your bow shapes to stay flat against your belt, feel free to tab a little bit of fabric glue to keep them in place!
Here is the back button closure. You can opt to use a bra type closure or velcro strips.
I like the gold button, it adds a nautical look.
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