Hi, gang! Today we’re going to make our belt. It’s pretty easy and a nice way of easing yourself into the sewing process if you’re a total beginner.
You should have cut out two belt pieces. The first thing is to sew a back centre seam into the two pieces. Pin them right sides together and sew down the shortest seam line. I then trimmed this seam down with my pinking scissors. This is to get rid of unnecessary bulk, so that you’re finished belt will lie smooth. If you don’t own pinking scissors, any shears will do! Press the seams open, as above.
Next, you press the belt in a fold down the centre lengthwise, right sides together. It’s a long, wriggly snake to press but you’ll get there. Pin the three open seams together. I used silk pins as my satin did not like normal pins.
Sew this seam closed, but leave a 10 cm (4 inch) opening in the centre of the belt. It’s best to mark where your opening begins and starts with chalk or similair. Whenever I rely on my memory or on a pin to mark an opening, I always forget and sew over where the hole is meant to be. If in any doubt about this step, the pattern instructions have excellent illustrations.
Trim the corners of your belt. It’s important not to skip this tiny step as it makes a big difference to the finished quality of your belt.
‘Turn belt right side out,’ the pattern instructions tell us. To which I respond, ‘Hardy, ha, ha, ha! How?’ As I said above, that’s a long, wriggly snake of a tube. In the end, my kitchen implements saved my bacon. Find yourself a wooden spoon!
I also used a skewer to reach up into the corners of my belt piece and poke them out so that they’d press relatively pointed, rather than bulky and round.
My wooden spoon and skewer are good examples of the theory that you don’t always need specialist equipment for sewing, just something lying around the house!
Give everything a good press, so that your belt is lying nice and flat. You’re nearly there! All we have to do now is use some hand sewing to slip stitch the opening closed.
And you have made a gorgeous belt!