This belt is a perfect accessory, a must-have in any wardrobe! You can use it to cinch in the waist of a dress or team it with a pair of jeans and shirt. You can decide whether you are wrap it at the waist, tied at the back with a big bow, high up under the bust or even low on the hips. You can make the wrap belt different fabric front and back and the ties different again. It’s truly a versatile belt.
The best part is that you really don’t need a pattern to make it. It’s also really quick and easy to make. You can use that scrap fabric you haven’t worked out what to do with. Or you know those really expensive gorgeous fabrics you’ve been drooling over? This is a great way to use it.
Materials For Your Wrap Belt.
- For front panel: 6″ by (half your waist measurement plus 1″) piece of fabric
- For back panel: 6″ by (half your waist measurement plus 1″) piece of fabric
- Ties: 20″ of 45″ wide fabric – this will give you two ties about 43″ long. If you want longer ties you will need another 20″ of fabric.
- Interfacing: Medium weight 6″ by (half your waist measurement plus 1″)
- Thread (if you are using silk fabric, use silk thread)
Step 1: Cutting Out Your Wrap Belt.
Measure you waist and divide that measurement in half and add an 1″. My waist is 36″ so my front panel will be 18″ + 1″ = 19″ Cut your front panel. Mine is 6″ by 19″. I also trim the sides from the centre down to 5″ wide just to give it a bit more interest.
Cut the back panel and the interface exactly the same as the front panel.
Cut four 5″ wide strips of fabric. Each strip is the full width of fabric. I trim one end of each strip to a point. Again I do this to just to add a bit of flair. You can leave the ties square ended if you want.
If you want longer ties, just cut four additional 5″ wide strips of fabric.
Step 2: Interfacing.
Using the manufacturers instructions, apply the interface to the wrong side of the back panel. For best results, allow to cool completely.
Step 3: Sew the Panel.
Place the front panel fabric on the back panel fabric, right sides together. Sew the top and the bottom seams (1/2″ seam).
Press the seams open and turn to the right side. Re-press the seam making sure that you can’t see the back panel fabric at the front.
Press the 1/2″ seam allowance into the open ends.
Step 4: Sewing the Wrap Belt Ties
If you are making longer ties join the additional strips to the four ties (at the end that has not been shaped).
Place two strips together, right sides facing. Sew a 1/2″ seam all around the tie except for the short unshaped end. To sew the point: at the start of the point make sure your needle is down, lift the foot turn the fabric and then lower the foot. Sew to the point (leaving the seam allowance). Turn the fabric again using the same method. Do the same at the end of the shaping before continuing up the length of the tie.
Trim and then turn the tie out the right side. Use your fingers to make sure that the point is nice and sharp.
Press, making sure that the seam line is right on the edge and pressed open.
Step 5: Join Ties to the Wrap Belt Panel.
Push the unfinished ends of a tie into one of the open sides of the panel. (The unfinished ends of the panel having been pressed inside in step 3)
Top stitch along the edge of the “opening” as shown in the photo below.
Be careful not to sew any of the rest of the tie. I did two parallel lines of stitching just to give the join a bit of extra strength.
Repeat for the other tie.
If you wish you could top stitch all the way around the wrap belt.
How to Tie a Wrap belt.
There are several ways to tie a wrap belt and each has a different visual result. Feel free to experiment!
Center your belt panel in the front and bring the ties to the back.
Twist the ends slightly and bring the ties to the front (Each tie should be at the opposite side that it started)
Make a loose knot.
Tuck the bottom end up behind the knot and allow to drop in front of the knot.