Vilene Sewing Club: DIY Bow Belt
Hello stitching friends! Today is the second in the series of how-to guides for the projects from the Vilene Sewing Club Workshops that I hosted last month!
So, today you can discover how to make your own DIY Bow Belt!
Grab your supplies…
Print Cotton, 10cm x 10cm, 13cm x 30cm, 2.5cm x 112cm
Vilene Devovil 1 Light fusible interfacing
Create The Belt
Begin by placing the strip of Decovil 1 Light, adhesive side down on to the wrong side of the longest strip of fabric. Position the strip so that it runs down the centre of the strip 1cm from the lower edge of the fabric. Cover with a slightly damp pressing cloth and using a wool setting on the iron bond in place.
Pro Tip! Once the Decovil 1 Light has been bonded to the wrong side of the fabric, remove from the ironing board and transfer on a cool flat surface – like a table – and leave for up to 30 minutes to cool. This allows the adhesive to fully cool and bond the pieces together firmly.
Trim away 1cm of Decovil 1 Light from each end of the fabric strip, and with the wrong side uppermost, fold the fabric over the end of the strip and press neatly in place.
Using the strip of Decovil 1 Light as a guide, fold the fabric in half neatly along the strip and press in place. Conceal all the raw edges along the entire length of the belt by folding in towards the centre and pin in place.
Pro Tip! The neater the fold when concealing the raw edges the neater the finished belt will be – press each section as you would along the length with the iron to make a neat finish. While it is simple to pin through Decovil 1 Light, Clover Wonder Clips are great for holding the fold of fabric on projects like this!
Secure the folded edges by working a neat line of top stitching with the sewing machine down each of the short ends and along the long side of the belt strip. be sure to position the line of top stitching close enough to the edge of the belt to ensure that it secures the raw edges in place.
Set the belt strip aside…
Create a Fixed Bow
Take the remaining rectangle of fabric and fold in half with right sides facing and aligning the two long sides. With a straight machine stitch work a line of stitching across the long side to join together taking a 5mm seam allowance.
Turn the stitched tube through to the right side and centre the seam along the back of the tube and press neatly in place.
Keeping the centred seam outermost, align the two short ends and join together with a straight machine stitch taking a 5mm seam allowance.
Turn the stitched loop through to the right side, centring the seam and pressing. Both of the seams will now be innermost. Set aside this ‘bow’ section…
Fold the small square of fabric in half with right sides facing and, with a straight machine stitch and a 5mm seam allowance, join together.
Turn the small tube through to the right side and centre the seam neatly and press in place. Fold the strip in half with the centred seam outermost and aligning the two short ends. With a straight machine stitch and a 5mm seam allowance, join together.
Turn the small tube through to the right side, so that all of the seams are concealed in the inside to create the centre section of the bow. Slide the ‘Bow’ section into the tube and position it in the centre to create the fixed bow!
The great thing about these fixed bows is that they are so easy and fun to customise! Why not make a second, larger bow section (like I’ve done here) and add it in to the bow to create a layered effect? Or, pick out contrast fabrics or prints to switch up the look? All that is left to do is to slide the belt strip through the back of the centre of the fixed bow!
Tah Dah! Secure a press stud, button or hook & eye fastener to the ends to complete your very own custom bow belt!
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Many thanks to all the companies that supported The Vilene Sewing Club workshops with materials and supplies –
Be sure to check for the next workshop project how-to guide – plus, make your own Vilene Sewing Club DIY Fabric Headband!