Today I am excited to feature a fun fashion tutorial from Kristina Clemens, founder of a DIY style blog KRISTINA J. She is going to share with us how to make a rhinestone belt. This is a great way to add new life to a dress you have sitting in your closet and get a whole new fun look. You will love this DIY fashion tutorial for a bedazzled ribbon belt.
DIY Rhinestone Belt Tutorial
The holiday season calls for a little extra something…that special addition of shine and bling essentially associated with the festive mood. This rhinestone belt tutorial will show you how to add some frosting to your holiday wardrobe. If you don’t want to make the belt from scratch, you can always add the rhinestone detailing to an existing fabric or ribbon belt to get the same look. Nothing adds bling like rhinestones!
Bling Belt Materials:
- grosgrain ribbon
- sheer ribbon
- braided elastic
- anorak snaps
- anorak snap kit
- sew on and iron-on rhinestones
Directions For How to Make a Ribbon Belt For A Dress
To make this rhinestone belt, you will need sew on and iron-on rhinestones. My favorite website for crystal products is eJoyce.com, which has a large variety of rhinestones in sophisticated colors. For this belt, I used tear shaped and diamond shaped rhinestones in light colonial topaz.
First you will want to measure your waist size and measure out your ribbon leaving several extra inches for the pleats.
Layer grosgrain and sheer ribbon, then fold in box pleat pattern and pin as you fold.
I fit this portion of the belt to wrap my sides to the back. When you’re happy with the length, sew the pleats into place along the top and bottom.
Measure five inches of both ribbons and layer them. Then sew them together 5 times every 3/4 inch leaving a small amount of give between the stitches. Make 2 sets.
Attach an elastic portion of belt into each end of the pleated belt and sew.
Double check your fit of the belt on your waist and attach the anorak snaps according to the directions on the package and sew ends back to finish.
Attach rhinestones to belt in desired pattern. You can use any color you choose from black rhinestones to clear ones. You can get the rhinestones you sew on like I did. They last longest and are worth it for beautiful handmade pieces.
However, you can also get the glue bling along with Gem-Tac glue or Gorilla Fabric Glue. Gluing them on tends to be for short term use like a costume because they do tend to fall off.
Fray edges of sheer ribbon if you want. This creates the perfect look.
Your rhinestone belt is all done!
Rhinstone Ribbon Belt Conclusion
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make a rhinestone belt. Thanks again to Kristina Clemens of kristinaclemens.blogspot.com for sharing this super cute fashion tutorial with us. She is also author of a new tutorial book titled, “The Chic Girl’s Guide to a One of a Kind Wardrobe” (affiliate link) if you want to find more of her tutorials or say hi @createclothes. Do you enjoy making your own clothing and/or accessories?
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