DIY Mother’s Day Leather Belt

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By Dara

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Where has the time gone?  It’s almost the end of April and Mother’s day is right around the corner.  With the way the economy is right now, everyone is cutting back.  That doesn’t mean you can’t give your mother a nice gift this year.  It just means you have to be wise about your spending.

 Last year, I post up a DIY mother’s day gift idea using fabric flowers and added it onto a necklace.  It came out great.  Well, this year we’re going to bring that idea back and step up a notch on the design.  This year, we’re going to make a leather belt with DIY fabric flower embellishments.  It’s really easy, especially if you already followed the steps from my post last year.  If not, it’s okay, we can start over. 

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Materials:

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Instructions:

  1. Lay the 50mm ribbon flat on the table, then fold it in half horizontally.
  2. Using straight pins, pin the ribbon in place.
  3. Using the matching thread begin hand-stitching the ribbon along the left side.  Be sure to stay close to the edge and start from the backside of the ribbon.
  4. Space each stitch at least ½” apart. 
  5. When you get to the end of the ribbon, remove the straight pins
  6. Then using your fingers, push the end of the ribbon back towards the beginning of the ribbon. 
  7. Stitch the end in place.
  8. Make sure the edges of both ends of the ribbon is facing you
  9. Stitch the edges together, allowing the trim to form a flower shape. 
  10. Tightly stitch the open center together.
  11. Then turn the ribbon around and add your button in the center.
  12. Stitch the button into the center.
  13. Repeat steps 1-12 for the 36mm and 24mm ribbons.
  14. Now for the belt, make sure you know your mom’s waist because the belt should fit perfectly.  Let’s say your mom’s waist is 28 inches, then that means you’ll need to cut 30 inches off the leather trim.
  15. After you cut the trim, add on the buckle by wrapping one inch in the loop and use the leather needle to stitch it in place.  Do this for both ends of the trim on each end of the buckles.
  16. Lastly, it’s time to add on the flowers.  If you unhook the buckles, the left sides you can use unique stitch glue to add the larger flower onto the buckle so that it covers it. 
  17. On the other side of half of the buckle, add the other two flowers along the side. 
  18. Leave it to dry and then after it’s dries, it’ll be ready for gift wrapping

Here’s a sample picture of how to put the flower together from last year’s post.

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