I Can Totally Make That!

12 May

Famous last words right? We all see something and think, ‘I can make that myself’ and then don’t. Well, this time I finally did…..

For a long time I only wore belts that came free with my pants. I did buy a skinny belt as a souvenir like five years ago in Florence. And, my friend Sheryl brought me a belt from Italy as a gift (I do her eyebrows, hem her jeans and watch her cat). But, I don’t really buy belts. And, since I don’t really buy pants anymore, I have no belts.

But, my final project dress desperately needed something to dress it up. And, the Lazy Milliner was on point when she said a red belt. Soooo, Anthropologie to the rescue again. I copied their Highly Gifted Sash. Retail $40.

I bought two 3/8 wide rolls of grosgrain ribbon for the braids (I may not know how to cornrow, but I can make a braid!) and one of the 5/8 inch wide. Anthropologie useded all 3/8 wide ribbon.

To make, sew the layers of ribbon together on top of each other – slightly overlapping. I used four rows. The original belt is 3.5 inches wide, mine is a little more narrow (limited only by the size of my buckle).  I do recommend pressing the belt with a warm iron when you are done. This helps the braids lay nice and flat and helps provide some shaping to the back of the belt. I only had a small buckle at home and I just wrapped the narrow ribbon around and threw a few stitches on the back to keep it together. No gluing! For the end of the belt, I serged it, folded it down once and stiched it to neaten.


My version, $5? Maybe? For some reason the red was photographing really hot. I tried to adjust. But, it was really easy. I think it could easily be done in an hour or two. If you don’t love it here, you will when it’s on the dress. I hope :) There were so many ribbons and trims at Joanns that my mind is rushing. Guess what people are getting for Christmas this year?

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41 Responses to “I Can Totally Make That!”

  1. adrienne May 12, 2009 at 06:40 #

    That is so cute!!!!

  2. Gorgeous Things May 12, 2009 at 06:50 #

    Great job – I can’t wait to see it with the dress!

  3. Elizabeth May 12, 2009 at 06:56 #

    That’s an awesome belt – arn’t you clever!
    You said in your post “I think the rest is self explanatory”…ummm… not to me! Can you do a tutorial or at least explain the process a bit for those of us who are less gifted?! LOL :)

  4. Elizabeth May 12, 2009 at 07:03 #

    Ok duh!
    Just went on the Anthropologie website, found the belt, looked at it using the zoom function and saw how it all went together.
    It takes me a while but I do get there in the end – promise!

  5. craftyprofessor May 12, 2009 at 07:11 #

    This is amazing. How did you make this? Very neat. I’m sure it will look great with the dress.

    • cidell May 12, 2009 at 07:57 #

      I went back and tried to add some more instruction details. HTH.

  6. Gwen May 12, 2009 at 07:30 #

    Nice job Cidell. Belts for Christmas–wow, what a great idea! Now, I’m brainstorming here. I’m wondering –how about using zippers for the belt fabric? Maybe sewing them to a base?

    • cidell May 12, 2009 at 07:57 #

      I love that idea Gwen!

  7. Nancy K May 12, 2009 at 07:43 #

    Love it! I love belts and since I only buy shoes and underwear these days, I feel totally justified in spending money on a belt. We won’t count all that money I spend on fabric!

  8. kathleen May 12, 2009 at 08:20 #

    That is one cute belt! I’ll have to investigate different ribbon combinations.
    You are a genius :)

  9. Lisette M May 12, 2009 at 08:31 #


  10. Christina May 12, 2009 at 09:11 #

    Just adorable. That is going to be perfect with your navy dress.

  11. Mary May 12, 2009 at 09:21 #

    Great job! It will look fantastic with your dress!

  12. Erica B. May 12, 2009 at 09:34 #

    Great belt!

  13. Leslie May 12, 2009 at 10:08 #

    That is so unique and clever and amazing!! NICE

  14. Jo Ann May 12, 2009 at 11:16 #

    Have a look at http://www.reasonableribbon.com for more options. What a cool project. Thanks for making the wheels in my brain turn a little faster!!!!!

  15. The Slapdash Sewist May 12, 2009 at 11:16 #

    So clever! I would not have thought of layering ribbon.

  16. Lane May 12, 2009 at 11:34 #

    That is one cute belt! You did a great job. Definitely looks as good as the $40 one. Can’t wait to see it on the dress. And, am I seeing more dresses with belts in your future?

  17. Edris May 12, 2009 at 11:56 #

    That is really cute. I love red and navy together – it really sets the navy off.

  18. Beth Conkwright May 12, 2009 at 12:32 #

    Pow Wow- so cute. Love the belt. Can’t wait to see it with the dress.

  19. Heather May 12, 2009 at 13:27 #

    Girl, you are really something!!! That is so cute, would love to see it together with the dress!

  20. Jo Ann May 12, 2009 at 14:17 #

    Love your belt. Thanks for sharing the directions and inspiration.
    Recently I bought ribbon from http://www.reasonableribbon.com and they have many styles.

  21. Erica May 12, 2009 at 15:16 #

    Wow how cute! You just inspired me to do some copying of my own!

  22. Marjie May 12, 2009 at 15:47 #

    I never can find belt buckles. I’d love to give this a try. Yours would be just stunning with a white dress!

  23. Arlene May 12, 2009 at 15:53 #

    I love it! Can’t wait to see it on and you in the dress :o)

  24. Carol May 12, 2009 at 17:16 #

    Great idea! I’ve been looking for an interesting belt to go with a dress I can’t finish because I think it looks boring and plain. Adding a belt like this is exactly what it needs. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

  25. Summerset May 12, 2009 at 18:07 #

    Love it! I love projects like this – they cost so much retail, but to make it yourself cost so little. Of course, I do love it because it is red, too. I can see it with the dress and it will give it the right punch and tie the fabrics together.

  26. Ann's Fashion Studio May 12, 2009 at 18:19 #

    Grreat idea and it turned out perfect :)

  27. Izzie May 12, 2009 at 18:41 #

    Wow! Great job! Can’t wait to see it on the dress.

  28. Gigi May 12, 2009 at 19:07 #

    Wow, that is really beautiful!

  29. Gem May 12, 2009 at 19:47 #

    May I put my Christmas order in early? How about one brown and one black? Your ingenuity never ceases to amaze me.

    • cidell May 13, 2009 at 10:21 #

      Yes, mom. You can put your order in now :)

  30. EmilyKate May 12, 2009 at 21:19 #

    Hello there Cidell, found your bloglink on PR where I’ve been an admirer of your creations and an appreciator of your vintage buttonhole attachment advocacy for some time :o) I’m glad I popped over for a look, I need a belt and you’ve inspired me to have a go at making one like yours right here! Thanks for your instructions. Kind regards, EmilyKate

  31. Sewellen May 13, 2009 at 05:26 #

    WOW! That is a gorgeous belt! Thanks for the inspiration.

  32. Susan - Knitters Delight May 13, 2009 at 12:36 #

    What an accomplishment. I really need to take the sloper class next time around. It was too much to do with my other sewing class. I am jealous! The dress looks amazing – simple is an understatement. It’s classy with a whimsical edge.

  33. Chicago Sarah May 13, 2009 at 20:21 #

    awesome work, thanks for sharing!

  34. Jean May 15, 2009 at 23:31 #

    Fantastic belt! You are way too creative! I’m a total belt fiend, so now I’m inspired to make my own!

  35. Tany May 23, 2009 at 16:32 #


  36. Nancy June 16, 2009 at 09:58 #

    Fantastic! How did you attach the braid? Is the braid stitched down both sides?



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