Goodness, almost 2 years ago (that seems crazy but true) I made a couple patchwork belts. Ever since then I have been meaning to write up a tutorial, but never got around to it until now. Total procrastination at its best. Better late then never I guess.
Grab your scraps, charms and fat quarters and lets get started.
- Set of d-rings
- Quilt batting like Warm and Natural cotton batting or any other light batting – just stay away from high loft polyester batting
- Solid color fabric for the back (approx 40-46 inches x 2 3/8 inches)
- Enough scraps, charms or fat quarters to create 2 patchwork strips (approx 40-46 x 2 3/8 inches and 9 x 2 3/8 inches)
Time to Measure:
Measure your favorite, best fitting belt to get an idea of how long your finished belt should be. If you have a ribbon belt, measure it, it will give you a perfect measurement to follow. If you are measuring a notched belt and wear it on the 1st or 2nd notches (the ones closest to the end), add a few inches to the length to make sure the belt is long enough. Once you have your measurement, add 3 inches to the length to account for seam allowances and attaching the d-rings.
For reference, I have a 31-32 inch waist, wear a large belt and a 10-12 pant. My patchwork strip was 46 inches.
Prepare the Batting and Backing:
- Cut batting to your chosen length x 2 3/8 inches.
- Cut your backing fabric by your chosen length - 9 inches x 2 3/8 inches.
Create the Patchwork Strips:
- Sew up two patchwork strips. The first should be your chosen length x 2 3/8 inches. The second should be 9 x 2 3/8 inches.
- After preparing your small, 8 x 2 3/8 inch patchwork strip, attach it to your backing strip to create a final backing strip that matches your large patchwork strip in length
- Iron all the seams open.
Quilt the Patchwork:
- Pin batting to the wrong side of your long patchwork strip.
- Top stitch to one side of the patchwork seams for added detail or just stitch in the ditch to attach batting to the long patchwork strip.
- Pin right side of long patchwork strip to right side of backing.
- Sew along the top edge with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
- Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance along the small edge where the front and back patchwork meet.
- Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance along the bottom edge along the patchwork on the backing.
- See diagram below for guidance.
- Trim the corners on the closed end and turn right side out.
- Grab your pins, ruler and go to your ironing board. Iron a 1/2 inch seam allowance toward the wrong side on both open edges.
- Fold together and pin.
Sew Together and Add Detail
- Top stitch along the pinned edge as close as you can, about 1/4 inches or less.
- Turn and top stitch the other edge.
- Turn again and stitch a 1/2 inch to 5/8 away from the edge. Turn again and stitch a 1/2 inch to 5/8 away from the edge.
- You should have four lines of stitching running the length of your belt.
- On the unfinished edge, about 3/4 inches in from the edge sew a close zig zag from top to bottom. Trim close.
- Fold 1 1/2 inches of the end over d-ring and straight stitch from top to bottom about 1 inch from end. Stitch again to reinforce.
Yay! We are done – now you have a lovely new quilted patchwork belt.
Hope the instructions and photos are clear enough – if you have questions, please let me know so I can update the tutorial to clarify for everyone. And if you make one, please send me a link so I can see your creations.