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Friday, February 18, 2011

.:Feature Friday - Creative Southern Home:.

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Hey Y'all. My name is Anne from over at

I am a Mom of 4 wonderful children who loves to read, craft, play the piano and dabble a little bit in photography. Today I am sharing with you an easy way to update your wardrobe. This wonderful little flower belt I created for well under $5, and it sure helped this mama feel a little more in-style!

I have really been loving all the feminine flowers that have started gracing the scene lately. I saw a belt with a flower on it recently and thought I could make my own version. Since I work around my home doing housework I prefer something flexible, so I made my belt with elastic.

I went to good old Hobby Lobby for my supplies: 3/4 inch black ribbon, 1/2 inch elastic, 1/8 of a yard of black satin, and some alligator clips.

At home I had thread, buttons, hook and eye closure and E-6000 glue.

I first measured my waist and then cut the elastic about 1/2" shorter. Then since I wanted my belt to look "scrunchy" I cut two pieces of ribbon 1-1/2 times longer than the elastic to give it room to scrunch. I then sewed the two pieces of ribbon together running my stitch pretty close to the edges. Leave both ends open.

Fold over the end of your elastic and attach a safety pin. Take the pin and push the elastic through the ribbon pushing and pulling as you go. When the tail reaches the end of the ribbon sew across the end so it doesn't pull through. Then keep working the rest of the ribbon through. When the pin reaches out the other end take out the safety pin and sew across the top of the ribbon and the elastic to attach it.
I then used the hook and eye pieces to hold my belt on me once it was done.
I folded over the edges of the ribbon belt and sewed these on by hand, making sure that they matched together when attached.
If you look carefully you can see them on the ends.
For the satin I cut out different random circles to use for my flower.
I held the edges over a great smelling candle to finish the edges.
Stack several together until you get the look you want. I chose a wonderful antique button I picked up at a yard sale to be the middle. Just attach it with a needle and thread.
I used the E-6000 glue to attach the flower to an alligator clip. I wanted to be flexible in how I used the flower, either on the belt or in my hair.
I just attached the belt around my waist and then clipped on the flower where the belt ends came together.

So cute and classy! I wore this to my Father's retirement party. I love being able to accessorize my own wardrobe. Hope you enjoyed this little lesson as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you.

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