the belt that's also a bellywarmthingy

My brother-in-law's wife asked me to make her two belts modelled after one she saw in a store. But since this one had glitter on it, which she doesn't like, she wanted me to sew her two that fit for everyday-wearing.

It's a jersey belt, that you can either wear as a simple belt or you can wear it around your hip and belly :)
Looks great and is perfect for spicing simple outfits up or just staying warm!

Unfortunately, my dress form is a bit too small, so the belt doesn't fit perfectly. When worn on the right person, the jersey lies really smooth around your body.

leo- and multiprint viscose jersey

I'm a belt:

I'm holding you warm, and look good on you!

Grey dots-and-squares cotton jersey

Basically, the concept is simple but effective.

So here's a mini tutorial:

What do you need:
jersey fabric, 35cm x at least 130cm
thick iron-in lining
1 pressbutton

You pick a nice jersey fabric, you will need about 35cm.
Then you measure around your hip (eg. 95cm)
Stretch the Jersey and cut it to this length. Now you will have the long piece that will be the belt, and some leftovers. Those you can use for making the clasp :)

Now we turn to the two long sides of the fabric and sew a nice looking rolled hem. In my opinion a simple rolled hem thats visible on the outside is really the best way, because so the hems won't be much thicker than the other fabric and the belt will be very smooth around your waist.

Buy some thick iron-in lining (consistence of thin cardboard, but washable) and design your clasp form. I decided to make two semicircles, but you really can pick anything you want. Cut out 4 of those forms and clad each of them in Jersey fabric (iron on), use either (textil-)glue or basting thread to hold the seam allowances on back side. Sew in the press button.
Now you take the long jersey strip and fold and ruffle it, so the ends fit into the clasp.
Sew the two clasp-forms together and lock the jersey into position :)

That's it!

I hope you like it :)


  1. Wow, gefällt mir sehr gut :) Kommt auf jeden Fall auf die to-sew-Liste ;)

  2. Oh yes - I like it a lot :) coole Idee, schön von Dir umgesetzt!

  3. Freut mich dass die beiden Anklang finden :)