DIY: Bow Belt

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BOW BELTWe're always looking for fun ways to add embellishments and touches of color to our outfits especially in the winter when we tend to get bored with everything and anything.

With bows being fiercely back in style, what better way than with a bright bow belt! You can pick any color for this but we'd recommend something solid and cotton. You'll need a simple snap as well to hand stitch on. The measurements for the three pieces you'll need to make are in the directions below.

BOW BELT DIY

Measure your waist (over a  thin shirt) and add 2 inches to that length. The width for everyone is 5''.  If your waist is 28'', for example, you'd cut a piece of fabric 30'' x 5''. Cutting on the bias will give you a little stretch which is beneficial when making a belt.
Iron your piece after cutting.

DIY BOW BELT

Making the belt: Fold in half the long way and sew along the long side. Leave both shorter ends open for now.

BOW BELT DIY

Fold over one open end and hand stitch one side of the snap into the inside.
Now sew that opening shut (the belt is still inside out).

DIY BOW BELT

Flip right side out now.

DIY BOW BELT

Once it's right side out, measure it around your waist. The short side that is sewn shut should have the snap on the outside now. Mark with a pencil where the second snap should be. It will be underneath the other piece so you won't have to worry about the stitches or hem showing.

DIY BOW BELT

Now sew the second snap on through both pieces. Trim the end, fold and sew along the fold.DIY BOW BELT
Making the bow: For the bow cut a piece of fabric 6'' x 10''. Fold in half and sew along the long side. Iron the seam flat.

DIY BOW BELT

Turn it inside out and move the seam to the middle. Iron flat.

DIY BOW BELT

Sew the ends together as shown.

DIY BOW BELT

Making the Middle Band: The middle of the bow is a piece of fabric 3'' x 4 ½''. Fold it in half and sew as you've done the other two pieces. Turn inside out as well.

DIY BOW BELT

Take this small piece and fold it around the middle of the band. Sew where you're pinching, you want it tight but you'll be sliding the bow in it, so not very tight.

DIY BOW BELT

Pinch the bow and pull it through the middle band  you've just sewed together.DIY BOW BELT
 

Straighten and fluff your bow!

DIY BOW BELT

Snap around your favorite dress or shirt for an instant stylish accessory!
 

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