I love it when I can use fabric scraps to complete a project! My kids need belts. There isn't any way around it. Even with the buttonhole elastic that comes in many pants these days often it doesn't go tight enough for my skinny minnies. And, if they don't have the elastic, they just aren't wearable in our house.
This used to be a bit of a problem for us as there isn't a single place in our little town to buy a child sized belt. Then it occurred to me one day that I could make them. Problem solved! You can too! Super fast easy project, takes almost no time at all. They take almost no money at all too which is even better. This belt cost me about 75 cents to make!
- Fabric scraps
- 1 1/4 inch D rings
- Medium to heavyweight fusible interfacing (not shown)
Now, I have used some pieces that I had leftover from a charm pack I used to make a skirt with last year but you can use any sizes of fabrics. You could go really easy and just use all one type of fabric too! This belt will only take a teeny amount of fabric.
You want to make sure your fabric is longer than the length you need. To determine the length measure your child's waist and add 6-8 inches. For my Little Dude I add 6 inches, for my big girl (who is 6), I add 8 inches. You want enough length that you will be able to buckle the belt, have seam allowances and be able to have enough to go through a belt loop for growing room.
So, I am making a belt for my 6 year old. Her waist measures 20 inches (she is tiny). I am going to cut a strip of fabric that is 28inches (20 inches + 8 inches) by 2.5 inches.
Also cut a piece of fusible interfacing the exact same size.