Sunday, December 11, 2011

Leather Obi Belt with 3D Flower

When I was making the belt for my high school reunion outfit I was rushing that day to get it finished in time to wear to the reunion. It was a little rough so I wanted to give it another shot, this time with a bit of a variation (also made using pieces of a former leather jacket). I altered the pattern for the petals and made them into a 3D flower.

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I started out by making the petals of the flower. I altered the original petal design to be wider so I could fold it over and glue (using E6000 -- I'm sure there's some sort of leather glue that would be better, but I just wanted to stick with what I had on hand this time).

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I altered the direction of the fold so the petals wouldn't all be exactly the same. Hint: Only use a tiny bit of glue, using too much will interfere when sewing them on to the belt.

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I clamped them and let them dry overnight. Bonus = I finally found a use for the cute, tiny clamps I picked up on impulse one day -- I'm glad I did, they were exactly what I needed!

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I cut out the other pieces in the same way as the previous obi belt, except with wider ties and added seam allowance around the edges of the main belt pieces.

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I sewed a triangle piece to each side of the rectangular piece, making sure right sides were together, opened the seam allowance on the back side, top stitched on either side of the seam and clipped some of the excess away at the edges.

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I folded over 1/2" around the outer edges and top stitched.

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When transitioning from the triangular to the rectangular piece there was some excess bunched up, so I cut a small slit, close to, but not touching the edge, overlapped the sides and sewed.

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Then I sewed the ties to the ends of each triangular piece.

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I arranged the petals for the flower and secured them with just a tiny dab of glue. I used a spice jar (the perfect size!) to hold them down until they dried.

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After the glue was dry I sewed the inner corners of the petals onto the belt.

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And I had my new belt!

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I really love this version of the belt. I ended up breaking three leather needles making this one, but I think it was worth it!

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10 comments:

  1. AMAZING BELT! {And the workmanship is too!}

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  2. LOVE IT! I have a slight obession with belts lately too!

    Thanks for the tutorial!
    --Katie
    www.blah2beautiful.blogspot.com
    Creatively Living

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  3. Oh wow, it's absolutely beautiful! I LOVE how it wraps around and then ties at the front.

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  4. oooo that is SUPER SUPER cute!!! just a very gr8 idea! thanks for sharing! def gonna have to try it!

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  5. Love this! I have a bag of scrap leather sitting around...now I've got an idea for it.

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  6. So awesome! I have an old leather jacket I've been holding onto because I want to try to make something with it.if I get brave enough, this will.be the project. :)

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  7. Thanks so much for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come check it out and grab a button :) http://www.mygirlishwhims.blogspot.com/2011/12/your-whims-wednesday-38-and-features.html

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  8. Gorgeous I love a stylish repurposed Leather project. Thanks for the tutorial, looks totally do-able.

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  9. Cat - this is too hot. LOVE IT!!!!!!

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