May 2, 2011

tutorial & giveaway: recycled leather & fabric belt how to

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This week I'm showing you how to make a sweet summery sash using this recycled cotton skirt and a small amount of recycled black leather. My original plan was to giveaway the belt but I changed that for two reasons.

One: the model wouldn't give it back and
Two: this belt is so small, you'd have to be a size 0-4 to wear it. just sayin...

I decided instead to create an equally sweet little key pouch from the same fabric and recycled leather and host a new giveaway for the pouch. It's perfectly sized for your cards and cash, cell or compact camera. And did I mention that you can attach your keys? But hold on. First, let's make the belt.

*Note* I'm an estimator. My apologies. I try my best.


What You'll Need:
recycled skirt
recycled leather
sewing machine

What You'll Do:

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I cut a strip of this fabric about 14" wide. Measure your waist and subtract about 2-3".
This will be your length.

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Turn under along one side and stitch to hide the raw edge.

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Fold over one third on the unfinished side, then fold the finished side over that.

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Pin along the edge.

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Stitch along this side to close.

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I basted (widest stitch length) across the width - two seams 1/4" apart.

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I spaced my double stitched sections about 5" apart.
Pull the unfinished thread to gather.

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My width is about 2 1/2"

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Stitch again over the gathered sections to hold in place.

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This is the finished fabric section with edges finished and sections gathered.

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cut two pieces of the leather - 4" x 2.5"

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On the back side of the leather, mark the halfway point to center lengthwise then
mark the center width and expand markings by 1/2". You will have marked a 1" section.

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cut open your 1" slit (I used my seam ripper).

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Cut two strips of the leather 1" by about 14-15"

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slide the end of a strip of leather through the slit, front to back.

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Place the gathered end of the fabric inside the end of the leather.

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Double the leather over so that the longer strip is sticking out one end by about 1/2" and the fabric is gathered and sticking out the opened side. Clip.

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Stitch all the way around. I then stitched an "X" shape.
*Note*
I used my industrial machine, but a regular machine can be used if you have a leather needle (no more expensive than a regular needle) and set your machine to it's widest stitch width.

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Done!

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Adorable, right?

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The Back

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And now how to win that sweet little pouch.

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With all of my giveaways, I provide a plethora of ways to enter.
You'd have to be, well, not reading this to not enter...


GIVEAWAY DETAILS:

You have four chances to win. First grab a beverage of your choice, relax, and then...

1: If you're not already, follow Studio Waterstone. I think you'll enjoy it. :)
2: Add your name to our mailing list (promise not to hound you OR pass along your email)
3: Blog, Facebook OR Tweet about this giveaway.
and finally
4: Name the one cosmetic item you can't live without and why.
Yep, that's an entry, too.

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Good golly Miss Molly! That's FOUR entries!
Enter one time, enter four times - it's all up to you, my friend.

To Have Your Vote Counted:
Let me know what you've done in THIS POST comment section.
Please leave a link in the comment section if you've mentioned this giveaway.


One more thing.
Your chance to enter will end this Sunday, May 8th at 11:59 EST.
I'll reveal the winner on Monday.


Good luck!


I participate...

27 comments:

  1. I would be LOST without Chap-stick! It's the one cosmetic that I actually use!

    The belt is cute.... definitely wouldn't fit me! But i may perhaps make one to actually fit!

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  2. Clear gloss... gotta have it,

    Love the belt and the teeny purse.

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  3. Adorable! (especially on that tiny waist!) That reminds me - diet time again....

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  4. That belt is gorgeous! I love the soft pretty pink against the black leather!

    I follow studio waterstone!

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  5. I have to have my lip balm no matter what!

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  6. I love your blog and you are so talented. I can't live without eyebrow pencil because I don't have any. I follow your blog and I shared this link on facebook.

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  7. I don't need to win, since I won one of your sweet giveaways recently. (I love it, BTW!) I had to comment o the belt... I think it might have fit my Dalmatian, not me!

    Ann
    mycriticaleye.com

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  8. I can't live without mascara 'cause you can't hardly see my lashes otherwise.
    Love the belt and little bag.

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  9. love both the pouch and the belt!!! and no, the belt wouldn't fit me either (like the gals comments above). what cosmetic thing can't i live without... does a hat count? thanks for the generous giveaway!!! hope i win :)

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  10. You always make your tutorials look so easy! Feel like even I could manage the belt... maybe. I'm a follower :)

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  11. Pawpaw Moisturising cream - good for everything; lips, feet, dry skin just about anywhere.

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  12. I love that whole set! I don't blame her for not parting with that belt :)

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  13. I love this belt!!!! There's so much you can make out there that I never once thought of!
    I'm following you from the Sugar Bee Crafts linking party. Please follow me at www.daughterbydesign.blogspot.com

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  14. very cute belt.. and love the key pouch. Thanks for the chance to win. Im a follower

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  15. my one item is lipstick or lipgloss .. gotta have some lip color if nothing else.

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  16. I love that belt! I follow studio waterstone!

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  17. I CANNOT LIVE without my chap stick!

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  18. i am a follwer. www.thecrochetloft.etsy.com

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  19. my eyelash curler. definitely a product I cannot live without.

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  20. I love the belt - maybe that's a new line for your shop?

    I'm a follower!

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  21. I would be lost without mascara!

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  22. Count me in on the give-away, I follow this amazing blog, and I can't live without my eye drops - can't wear make-up without 'em.

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  23. i love your tutorials....love that sash and the little bag

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  24. My pressed powder compact is a MUST! You never know when you might have a shiny nose...Love the fabric!

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  25. Such a cute little pouch! I hate to leave the house without at least a little foundation/cover up...allergies mean that I usually feel like I have dark circles under my eyes that must be disguised!

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I love reading each one of your comments. Thanks for your visit and have a wonderful day.

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