How to make an obi-inspired wedding sash #Fashion DIY#tutorial June 28 | Guest post by Liz Gubernatis A wide belt or sash can really take in and set off a dress. This obi-style belt is easy to make and lets you accessorize any look. You might be trying to unite many-colored bridesmaids (or groomsmaids!) with a coordinated slew of obi belts, or trick out your own wedding-day costume. If you want to make one of these for your own outfit, you could add a small pocket (stitch a doubled square onto one panel of the main belt before you put right sides together to hide the stitching) and you can keep your vows, some tissues, a cough drop, or Batman Band-Aids in easy reach. And since you can make this look your own with a yard of fabric, you can turn a nostalgic sheet set or pillowcase into a bitchin' belt. I'm lookin' at YOU Ms. Rainbow Brite. You too, Batman. Oh, and Ninja Turtles, you're next! Here's how you can make your own… Materials and Tools Measuring tape Fabric — something with little to no stretch is best. If your fabric has some stretch to it, try to cut it so that the stretch is going in the "short" direction — if you cut a stretchy fabric so that the stretch is going "long" it will stretch and loosen while you wear it (kinda like how jeans get looser as you wear them after they've been in the drier) Scissors Water glass/cup/bowl/something round to trace Sewing machine + thread Procedure Step 1: Measure your waist. Don't be vain; this belt will have nice long ties. You want an accurate measurement here. Step 2: Measure a rectangle the length of your waist, minus 3 inches, and 5 inches wide. So if your waist is 30, you'll want a 27 x 5 rectangle. My waist is a bit longer, so my rectangle is a bit longer. Double your fabric (fold it over) and then cut out your rectangle (so you have two rectangles of fabric that are that magic waist-3" x 5"). From plastic to fantastic: How to make your own sew-on buttons You can do tiny buttons, giant buttons, square buttons, buttons shaped like dinosaurs -- whatever you can think of, you can make. Want some dainty... [more] Step 3: Using your glass/cup/bowl/something round, trace a curve to the corners and cut. Step 4: Now measure and cut out 4 rectangles that are 24-30 inches long by 3 inches wide. These will make your two straps. I like longer straps for the bow in the back, so I make mine closer to 30 inches long, usually. Your mileage may vary. Step 5: With right sides together, stitch all the long sides of all three pieces (two straps and main belt). Stitch along the curve of the main belt, but leave at least 3 inches open on the short end of each side (this is where we'll attach the straps). Step 6: Clip the curves as shown. (Clip a few times around the curve to but not through the stitching.) This will let you turn it out without bunching up. Step 7: Stich an angle along one short side of each strap and trim excess fabric as shown. Step 8: Turn all three right side out and iron flat. Step 9: Use a chopstick or pencil to nudge the points of the straps out into nice points. Step 10: Topstitch around each strap. Step 11: Turn unfinished edges of main belt in and iron flat. Step 12: Slide unfinished edges of straps into main belt and pin in place. Make sure that your pointy ends are matching — either both up or both down. Step 13: Topstitch around the entire main belt, securing the straps at either end with a bit of backstitching. TaDa!! Step 14: Tie one on! Your Turn! Will you be making one (or several) of these obi belts? Tell us how you'll make this craft your own in the comments below. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Liz Gubernatis Liz is a Pepsi addict who married her sword-wielding urban Viking (who probably inspired the “What’s in YOUR wallet?” commercials) on 1-1-11. Originally from Nebraska, she spent some time on the East Coast but left before it made her hard-hearted, landing back in the Midwest, where she thrives. She sews, paints, cooks, bakes, plays with paper, computers and cats, loves chocolate, peanut butter, and popcorn, and frequently purges her apartment to make room for more fabric, craft supplies, and projects to play with. http://swordinthestove.com PREVIOUS A sweet milkmaid braid tutorial for short-haired brides NEXT Deyanna & Dustin's Stormtrooper zombie homebrew wedding Toggle comments [ 0 ] Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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