Saturday, June 1, 2019

Vintage Trim Belt Tutorial

One of the things I have a hard time resisting is buying beautiful vintage trims. I know you can buy some of them online and all, but there is a cute local shop called Harmony near where I live and they are the "go to" place to find such treasures. They have yarns, fabrics and many wonderful gift items (for your friends and yourself too!). Among them, the area I always check is the shelf filled with trims and ribbons.

I was there the other day and picked some up again. I am sharing a tutorial on how I made a belt.

You Will Need

Wide trim (Wrap around your waist and see how much you need. They don't need to overlap)
Fabric (same size as your wide trim)
two narrow trims (to tie a ribbon) about 18" to 20"

How to

1. Cut the fabric to the same size as your wide trim. It will be the backing.

2. Insert the narrow trim in between the wide trim and fabric on both ends of the belt. Pin them to keep them in place.

3. Draw diagonal lines on both sides of the narrow trim as shown in the picture. Leaving a 3" to 4" opening in the middle of the belt for turning, sew all around it. I used a 1/8" seam.

4. Turn inside out. Press with iron.

5. Stitch the opening with slip stitch.

6. I folded the ends of the narrow trim twice and stitched them to prevent fraying.

Now, it is ready to wear! I was thinking about many possible conbinations with my wardrobe, but this time I choose this dress. The belt adds unique flare to a rather simple dress.

I am planning on making some more vintage trim belts this summer. Do you have any favorite ways of using trim? What would you do with pretty wide trim?


  1. Sachiko, what a lovely belt and it looks so nice with your shoes too.

  2. Sachiko, this belt is so sweet. what a great idea.
    I do not know if I have any vintage trim... well, I do, but
    I will have to look at it. It is from Germany and typically in primary colors. (I have a lot and I do not know what to do with it)
    I should make some of these adorable belts. Your idea is perfect for skirts and dresses. I love your inspiration and thank you for sharing this. You look so beautiful in your newly created dress and with this lovely belt

  3. I love this belt. What a great way to use embroidered trim. I wish I could offer some novel idea for using other trims but alas, I have none. My Mom used to collect vintage lace, as well as being a lace maker herself. I inherited the lace but honestly have no idea on how to use it. I am a quilter and have tried to come up with ideas for using it in a quilt----nothing yet though. I really do love the belt and also your shoes. The whole outfit is lovely.

    1. Wow, sounds like you inherited such treasures. I bet you will come up with some interesting ways to use them someday. :) Thank you so much for your kind comments.


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