Thursday, January 13, 2011

bow belt diy!

man i wish it were friday or better yet saturday!! hope everyone is having a great week so far, one more day to go :D

so today i wanted to share with you another present that i made for my mom and my sister in law (i have two beautiful sister in laws! lucky me!!) both are super cute and girlie so i thought making them something with a bow would be perfect so i opted to make something useful as a belt and let me tell it is SUPER easy and really fun to make! i liked the outcome so much i had to make myself one too!

another reason this is a really awesome diy is because again you don't need much fabric.  i used black fabric as it goes with everything and i think black bows are just so classy!

what you need:
1) 12" x 4.5" rectangle for the bow
1) 3" x 3" square for the knot
1) 1 1/8" wide elastic - measure your waist and then subtract 4" and that is the length you need for the elastic
2) hooks
4) eyes

after you have cut out your fabric fold the bow in half length ways so that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other. sew along the unfolded edge and trim the selvage if need be. then turn it inside out so that the right rides of the fabric are facing out.

then fold the ends of the bow into the center of the rectangle and sew (see above).

for the knot do the same step as the bow but once you turn the piece inside out sew the ends separately so that you have a finished rectangle.


then take your bow and hand stitch about two stitches throw the middle and leave a little thread. pull the thread tight so that the bow begins to bunch and then tie a knot.


take you knot piece and wrap it around the center of the bow and hand stitch making sure to catch some of the bow so that the bow and knot and secured together.


next take you elastic and hand stitch the hooks on the back side of the elastic near the end. then take your corresponding eyes and on the other side of the elastic stitch. this is where i played with the placement of the eyes to be sure it fit correctly and i liked how it fit. i used two sets of eyes just in case you need that extra room post lunch ;D


then hand sew the bow onto the end where the hooks are...opposite side of course :)

my beautiful co-worker and friend too this picture while we were "working"

and now we have a fantastic little bow belt! so easy and fun! i would LOVE to see pictures of your bow belts once they are finished!!

i hope you all have a fantastic weekend!! i get my tattoo on satuday! YAHOOOO! i just can't wait! and then sunday i have a bike ride planned with the oh so lovely tina from city girl rides! can't wait to see you girl!

xo,
cb

30 comments:

  1. Supercute! I've never thought of making a belt, but that didn't seem too complicated. How exciting with the tattoo as well, can't wait to see what it looks like!

    Btw, I have added your blog to my blogroll! :)

    Hope you have a great weekend as well!
    xxx Lisa

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  2. this is so wonderful! i'm excited to try this!

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  3. Oh, this is just so pretty. I'm definitely make this TONIGHT! I find you can never have enough belts. They can change up an outfit so easily. Possibilities are endless. Thank you for doing this!

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  4. I love this! Great styling too, love gray and teal together. I have been contemplating the same tattoo idea for about 2 years now, I really need to get brave and get it!

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  5. sooo cute! feels very audrey hepburn to me. :)

    sorry to hear about the shop plans. but it does leave you open to try so many other things. besides, the lending environment right now -- yeeps! what a mess.

    i have no doubt you'll do well in whatever you take on. :)

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  6. This is great! I have some fabric at home, so I may try this :) I love how you wore yours!

    Can't wait to see your tattoo!

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  7. So cute!!! You are just too crafty!

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  8. so darling ! perfect for any occasion

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  9. this is another winner of a tutorial. Now I just need to learn to sew. Oh and you look so flippin cute in that outfit, the skirt, belt, tights, everything is adorable! Looking forward to seeing this tat. I have been thinking of getting another one this year but cant make up my mind on placement

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  10. that is so adorable! thanks for sharing this tutorial!!! xoxo

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  11. super cute belt! thanks for the tute!

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  12. Cute belt and tights! Can't wait to see the tattoo!

    X,
    B

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  13. @kelli: thanks my dear, i really appreciate your support, you rock!

    @amber blue bird: there are online classes you can take, it is super easy and so much fun once you know how! i am so glad i started sewing!

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  14. i totally want the whole outfit -- *love* it! <3

    *XO...

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  15. i love the bow belt! and how exciting about getting tattooed, im heading to brooklyn at the end of the month to get tattooed.

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  16. That is super cute! I'll have to try making it, but I'm not great at these things.. hah!

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  17. great DIY! and i love your outfit! adorable!

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  18. so cute! I need to try this.

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  19. this is so lovely (and love your outift!), again, what lucky ladies. thanks for the how-to, can't wait to try it! Hope you have a fab weekend xoxoox

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  20. That is so cute! and yay for tattoo. I don't have one, but I think they look good on some people.

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  21. Sweeeet! G'luck with your new tattoo getting! :) Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  22. I love this and shared it with my readers too.

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  23. Thanks for the crafty tips! Love the way you styled your cute belt.

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  24. great idea! I've been on the hunt for easy elastic belts to make. thanks for sharing. :)

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thanks for commenting! it fills me with joy that you have taken the time to stop by!
xo,
cb