Braided Belt Tutorial for Sew Americana 2017

I am excited to be able to participate in the Sew Americana tour yet again this year. I love the 4th of July and getting the chance to teach my family about our country, our rights, our freedoms, and how amazing fireworks are! The last few years I have been working on my table decor by making festive utensil holders, napkins, place-mats, and buntings!This year I wanted to do something different and make my kids something fun to wear for the Fourth. The problem is that my girls are now tweens and they do not really want the fun, cutesy little outfits.  They want to celebrate and dress up in the traditional red, white, & blue…but it also needs to be something they can feel ‘grown-up’ in. The Poppy Pleated Skirt, by Petite Stitchery & Co, is the perfect match of fun & playful yet sophisticated & ‘grown-up’ enough for their wants.  The Poppy skirt comes in three different lengths, short (which I made here), midi (calf length), and maxi (ankle length). The three length allow you to change up the look and feel of the skirt very easily.
The Poppy Skirt also has optional belt loops which are a great detail for older girls. We love belts in our family and I thought that this would be a great way to tie in the blue without being over the top. I choose to use a medium gingham in red, by Riley Blake found in the SHOP. It is the perfect nod to Americana. I absolutely love how the skirt, belt, and colors turned out!
Today I am going to show you how I made the Braided Belt, so that you can play around and make your own. To create this belt you will need the following:
               * (6) 2″x 44″ strips of a woven fabric –
                               I used 4 blue (Manuscript from Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics)
                               and 2 white (Parchment Triangles by Amy Sinibaldi for Art Gallery Fabrics)
               * Basic Sewing tools such as; fabric scissors, tube turner (or safety pin), iron, sewing                               machine, cordinating threads (I love Aurifill- just saying)
Step 1: Cut out all your strips at 2″x 44″ (WOF)
Step 2: Match up your pairs. You need three pairs with two strips in each.
Step 3: Place two of the strips, RST, and stitch them.
Press this seam open and repeat for the remaining pairs.
Step 4: Fold the fabric RST, matching the long raw edges.
Stitch the raw edges in place being sure to leave the short
raw edges un-stitched – this will be the turning point.
Step 5: Using a turning tool, turn each tube right side out and press the seams to one side.
Step 6: I left a 7″ section of each strip dangling and then used a safety pin to pin the three strips to each other. Then you simple braid the woven strips. Continue to braid until you have a 7″-10″ (same length as your start point) bit of each strip that is not braided.
Step 7: Tack the braid in place by running a few sets of stitches across all three layers on both sides of the belt. I also closed up each tube by pressing in the short raw edges. This is only necessary if you are using a woven fabric. (Come see tomorrows posts for a peak at the knit version of this belt!)
That’s it you are done!
Thanks for joining me on this quick little tutorial that will add the perfect detail to your next Petite Stitchery & Co Poppy Skirt! We hope that you all have a safe, fun, and wonderful 4th of July!

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0 thoughts on “Braided Belt Tutorial for Sew Americana 2017

  1. Gemia, that belt is FABULOUS!! I need to make my next skirt something with belt loops just so I have an excuse to make a belt for myself.

    The gingham is fantastic and just the sweetest skirt. I'm sure sewing for the tweens and teens (especially girls!) is difficult but you nailed it on the head.

  2. The belt is such a genius idea to add a fun touch to a skirt! I'll have to try that for my little girl when she's looking for something a bit different and more grown up looking.

  3. That last photo is picture perfect in my mind and screams "Fourth of July!!" Awesome job…that belt is amazingly versatile!

  4. Cute idea with the braided belt! It looks adorable with the skirt. I, too, have a tween so I know what you are going through with trying to please them. She looks very pretty in this outfit and not too cutesy. 🙂

  5. Thanks! Isn't funny how a a great little belt can complete a look! Teens are hard but they are much easier to photograph too…bwahahaaa!

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