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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A Gift For Mom (DIY Fabric Flower)

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 By Dara

Mother’s Day: May 11th, 2008

 

With the end of April and the beginning of May, flowers seem to be blossoming beautifully this year.  The beautiful flowers and the warm weather is definitely a reminder that Mother’s day is coming up soon.  It’s one of the greatest days for us to show our appreciation.  Did you know that Anna Jarvis created this special day in 1908?  She was a homesick gal who moved to Philadelphia in 1864 from West Virginia and after her Mother passed away she wanted to honor her by honoring all Mothers.  

If you have not yet decided on a gift, may I suggest the flower pin?  Almost all women enjoy the sight of beautiful flowers.  However, after a couple of days the flower seems to just die away.   For that reason I’ve made my own DIY flower pin.  This way, my Mother can keep it as a reminder that the love I have for her is as gentle and internal as the flower pin I’ve made her. 

Not only can she use the pin on her garments or handbag, but she can use it on accessories as well.  The one I’ve made here, I hooked the pin onto a chain and created this stylish necklace.  I’ve also made other styles of flower pins so she can switch the flowers to match her garment.   The pins are very easy to make.  Just choose a couple of trims you like.  Either grosgrain, silk, satin or any decorative styles of trim.  You can also mix and match like I did. 

 If you decided to make a flower pin, please do share.  We’d all love to see how it turned out or if you decided to make something else, I’m sure everyone would enjoy it as well.  The more ideas the merrier. 

Materials:

  •     ½ yard of any style or fabric trim you choose.  (Recommend size 1 ½” or larger in width)
  •     ½ yard of another style of fabric trim you choose.  (Smaller than the other trim you’ve chosen)
  •     Stitching needle
  •     Thread (Color should match with the fabric trim you’ve chosen)
  •     Any style shank-button you choose
  •     Pin-back
  •     Straight pin

 

Instructions:

  1. Lay the smaller trim on top of the larger trim.  Make sure the smaller trim is aligned with the left side of the larger trim.
  2. Using straight pins, pin the trims in place.
  3. Using the matching thread begin hand-stitching the trim along the left side.  Be sure to stay close to the edge and start from the backside of the larger trim.
  4. Space each stitch at least ½” apart. 
  5. When you get to the end of the trim, remove the straight pins
  6. Then using your fingers, push the end of the trim back towards the beginning of the trim. 
  7. Stitch the end in place.
  8. Turn the trim around so that the larger trim is facing you.
  9. Make sure the edges of both ends of the trim is facing you as well
  10. Stitch the edges together, allowing the trim to form a flower shape. 
  11. Turn the trim around and add your button in the center.
  12. Stitch the button into the center.
  13. On the backside of the flower, now stitch the pin-back onto the center.
  14. Now your flower pin is ready to be wrapped in a pretty box for your Mother.