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Child’s Belt

Okay, you may have seen these little belts everywhere…….so there’s not really one place to link everyone to. So I decided to teach my own tutorial……….the way that works best for me. Hope it helps.


Can I just tell you first why children’s belts are great?!? Well the pants I buy for Elli rarely fit just right and thankfully more and more companies are making their pants with an adjustable waist. However, there are still some that aren’t adjustable and they fall right off Elli’s little bum. So these belts work perfectly. Okay, and they’re so cute. Perfect little splash of color. Yum.


All you’ll need:


  • 2 pieces of 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon (The length depends on the size of the child’s waist…….I cut my 2 pieces 29 inches long because that gave my little Elli a little room to grow. **And she wears a 2T in clothing if that helps anyone decide about how much they’d need for their child.
  • 2 D-rings (I used the 1 1/4 inch size)
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
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**If you use ribbon that is more narrow, make sure to buy smaller D-rings.


Start by sewing the 2 pieces of ribbon together, wrong sides together. Make a seam right down the center of the ribbons and then another seam on the left and right sides, very close to the edge.


Then, on one end, slide the 2 rings on…


And then fold it over about 1/4 inch and then fold over again, about 3/4 inch…


And then sew close to the edge…..and then another seam right next to that one, to make it really secure.


Then turn the ribbon over and fold over a 1/4 of an inch and then another 1/4 inch and sew 2 seams to secure the end.


Make sure that you have folded over on one end and under on the other end…


… that when you loop the end through the D-rings, the seams are hiding toward the inside. Keeps everything nice and neat.


And here’s my little Elli, shoving a Nutri Grain Bar into her mouth. Bribery for photo sessions works wonders at this age.


And don’t even think that this is just for girls………go find some cutie boy looking ribbon and throw one of these on your little boy too. Okay, they sell like canvas-y type ribbon/stuff by the yard at the fabric store too. That would be more “manly” I guess. :o)

Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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