How to make a belt from ribbon

Making belts from the ribbon is a fun and rewarding craft, enjoyable by the young, and the not so young alike.

The first thing you need to do is decide what supplies you will need, and to gather them together.

The supplies you will need can be found at craft supply stores, fabric stores, and in the craft section of many mass-merchandise stores. You will need to decide what kind of ribbon you want, what type of buckle to use, and whether you’ll be sewing, or gluing the buckle pieces on. If you will be gluing, which is ideal for children, you will need to be sure you have washable fabric glue.

The kind of ribbon is up to you. You can choose a ribbon to specifically match a special outfit, your favorite color, or simply just a pretty ribbon that caught your eye. The ribbon can be any width you like, but keep in mind how it will fit on your waist. A one-half, to three-quarters of an inch, is good for a small child, three-quarters of an inch, to one inch for an older child, and one to two inches for an adult works best.

There are many different types of belt buckles available. The most common for ribbon belts are D rings. They are simply metal, or sometimes plastic rings shaped like Ds. They are both attached to the same end of the belt, and the other end of the ribbon is looped through them to fasten. They work better with ribbon than a traditional buckle because you do not have to poke holes in the delicate fabric to fasten them. They are also easy to coordinate with the ribbon because they come in many metals and colors. The size of your buckle depends on the width of your ribbon, too big a buckle will not fit, and too small will make your ribbon sloppy.

After you have chosen all the components of your belt, gathered them, and settled on a workspace, you can begin on your belt.

First, measure how long you will need your belt to be, keeping in mind that you will need a little extra on the ends to attach the buckles, and some to loop through to fasten. About three inches should do fine. Then, cut your ribbon to that length; be sure to have an adult do all the cutting for a child.

Next, you will need to hem the fastening end, if using D rings. Or, for other types of buckles, attach one buckle end.

To hem, fold over about one-quarter inch of the end of the ribbon. Be sure to fold it over towards the back, so you will have a clean look. Press it with a firm object to the crease, or iron it if the fabric is stubborn. Then, if sewing, sew with a straight stitch, by hand, or run it through a sewing machine. If gluing, apply a small bead of glue, and hold together for a few seconds. Too much glue will cause a wrinkled and messy hem and may take longer to hold.

To attach a buckle, fold over about a half-inch of the ribbon and crease, just as you would with the hem above. Then, slide the ribbon through the slit of the buckle at the opposite end of the fastening device, and then sew or glue as above, encasing the buckle within.

Then, attach the other half of the buckle on the other end of the ribbon in the same way, or attach the D rings.

To attach D rings, follow the same steps as attaching a regular belt buckle, but slid on both rings on one end. Be sure that when you sew or glue the D rings in, the rounded sides of the rings are the sides sticking out.

With such a quick, easy craft, in any rainy afternoon you can create a unique belt for every outfit in your closet or a personalized gift for everyone on your holiday gift-giving list.

With such a quick

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