[note: This is our final tutorial from Caitlin!]
Today’s handy tutorial will show you how to make belt loops that you can easily add to any garment with a waistband from our Ginger skirt to the new Juniper pants. It’s always a nice option to pair a belt with an outfit.
- extra fashion fabric
- seam gauge or ruler
1. Determine how many belt loops you want and multiply that number by the width of the waistband. For example, say I want 5 loops and my waistband is 3 1/2″ wide, the length of my fabric will be 17 1/2″. The width of the loop is up to you, but for this example I’m using 1 3/4″.
Cut out a length of fabric on the straight grain to match your measurements. To be extra sure it fits, you could always add a little more length.
2. Fold one side over by 5/8″. Press in place.
3. Fold the other side over by 1/4″. Press in place.
4. Fold the short side over once more by 1/4″. Press in place.
5. Stitch 1/8″ from the edge of the fabric on each side.
6. Cut the strip slightly longer than the width of your waistband, by 1/8 to 1/4 inch. This allows a little ease for the belt. Match theraw ends of each loop to the raw edge of the waistband and baste in place along the waistband edges. Sew the waistband according to your pattern’s instructions.
You may notice that the underside isn’t sewn closed with this method. Sewing the loops at the top and the bottom, along with the topstitching at the edges, should hold everything in place.
However, if you’re concerned about the folds, you could also slipstitch the edges closed. This should only be necessary if your belt loops are particularly long.