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You'll want to make this super cute Bow Waist Belt in every color and pattern.
I've been seeing these cute bow waist belts all over the place. I am so in love with them! The only problem is, some of them are pretty pricey. I decided to try my hand at making one and it came out great!

Posted by Thera Joyce from Chandler, Arizona, United States • Published See Thera Joyce's 44 projects »
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  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 1
    Step 1

    You'll need to take your waist measurement. A waist belt sits at belly button level. Make sure the measuring tape isn't too snug. If you want your belt to sit lower, measure where you'd like it to sit.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 2
    Step 2

    Add 5 inches to your waist measurement. Your belt will be 4 inches wide so add 1/4 inch for seam allowances. Cut two.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 3
    Step 3

    Measure out a 6 inch by 7 inch square. Cut two. This will be your bow.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now measure out a 2 1/2 inch by 6 inch rectangle. Cut 1. This will be the tie for the bow.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 5
    Step 5

    You will need to cut 1 belt piece and one bow piece out of the Craft Fuse (extra firm iron on interfacing). I usually just use the pieces I've already cut out as pattern pieces. Just lay them on top of the Craft Fuse and cut!

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 6
    Step 6

    Iron the Craft Fuse onto one piece of the belt and one piece of the bow. Make sure you iron the Craft Fuse onto the wrong side of the belt and bow piece.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 7
    Step 7

    With right sides together, stitch along the outside edge of the belt pieces. Make sure to leave a small hole for turning the belt right side out. I left my turning hole along one of the long sides of the belt.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using pinking shears, cut the excess seam allowance off. Make sure you don't cut into your stitches.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 9
    Step 9

    Now turn the belt right side out. You can use your iron to press the edges of the belt flat.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 10
    Step 10

    Topstitch along the outside edge of the belt. This gives the belt a nice finish and also closes your turning hole. Set the belt aside.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 11
    Step 11

    With right sides together, stitch the bow pieces together. Make sure to leave a turning hole.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 12
    Step 12

    Turn the bow right side out and use your iron to flatten the edges. Topstitch along the outside edge of the bow.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now, fold the bow tie in half so it's width is now about an inch. Stitch down the long side of the piece.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 14
    Step 14

    Turn the bow tie right side out and press flat. I usually press this piece so the seam is in the center of the back of the piece. Set the bow pieces aside.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 15
    Step 15

    Try the belt on and position the velcro where you'd like. Pin.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 16
    Step 16

    Stitch the velcro to the belt.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 17
    Step 17

    Now grab the large part of the bow. Gather the bow by sewing a running stitch down the middle of the bow. Gather, then wrap the excess string around the center of the bow a few times.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 18
    Step 18

    Now stitch the bow tie around the center of the bow.

  • How to make an obi belt. Bow Waist Belt - Step 19
    Step 19

    Put the belt on again and position the bow where you'd like. Pin. Stitch the bow onto the belt.

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Maya
Maya
I love this belt. Thank you for sharing your tutorial; I know that I'll be making a couple for my wardrobe.
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Anna H.
Anna H. · Kassel, Hesse, DE · 243 projects
Good job!
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The Petite Shop
The Petite Shop · Las Vegas, Nevada, US · 16 projects
yay..
now i get to have as many as i want
<333
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Ms. Nikell
Ms. Nikell · Charlotte, North Carolina, US · 52 projects
This is too cute.
I need to make this. It'll go with my bag.
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Miss Marionette
Miss Marionette · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 2 projects
This is really cute. Thanks for sharing!
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KellBellBlue
KellBellBlue · Sonoma, California, US · 15 projects
Totally Rad! My eight year old said she wants to rock a belt like that. Looks like another project for the to do list!
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Thera Joyce
Thera Joyce · Chandler, Arizona, US · 57 projects
@ Emily H: I got mine at Journey's. (try journeys.com) They're the XXhi Converse. I love 'em!
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Cemetery
Cemetery · 1 project
totally super cute i must say!!
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Emily
Emily · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 4 projects
i love it!
btw were did u get the shoes?
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