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Embroidered & Embellished Belt
By Kerry Smith
Embroider this festive belt to show off your creative talents or to learn some new stitches. Combined with luscious colors of perle cotton, the stitches are easy and yield wonderful results. Raid your button jar to embellish—this might just be the project to use those vintage buttons that you’ve been hanging onto! Braided perle cotton creates the belt closure.
FABRIC— 1/4 yd linen or linen blend fabric, 45"or 54" wide
OTHER SUPPLIES— Template:— Belt Ends (A)— 1 yd woven, fusible interfacing (suchas Pellon SF 101 Shape-Flex),20" wide— Size 5 perle cotton, one each ofgolden yellow, indigo blue, and rosepink— Seventeen 1/2" buttons— Four 3/4" shank buttons— Sewing thread to match fabric— Handsewing needle— Embroidery needle— Tapestry needle— Embroidery hoop— Fabric-safe marker or tailor’s chalk— Point turner— Rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and selfhealingmat
— Press cloth— Optional: ¼" quilter’s tape
Finished sizeFits a 26" waist, with 1/2" ease. Finishedsize is 26 1/2" × 3". To adjust for othersizes, see Step 1.