For some reason I’m feeling compelled to either apologize or explain about that pink belt.
Some readers loved it, others hated it, and others very graciously eluded to the fact that it wasn’t their favorite.
Perhaps it’s the fact I hang out with 5 and 6 year olds. Perhaps it was a hasty decision. Perhaps I was racing to get something finished before my fashion photographer had to go to football camp.
There was a beautiful green and a bright yellow shirt sitting on the table screaming to be made into belts for this dress…..but the sun was going down quickly and time for the photo shoot was running out. The pink elastic was handy, ready made and screamed louder than all the rest. So there you have it.
Whatever the reason, I’ve decided to hold my head up high, look at the pink belt for what it is-an accessory option only.
Today, I have more time.
Today my “fashion photographer” is here, sprawled out on the couch, eating ravioli and watching Myth Busters.
Today, I’m going to try to redeem myself.
So for you, my dear readers, here are some other refashioned “accessory options” you might enjoy more than the pink belt.
Start with a yellow thrift store shirt and cut five 2 inch strips a bit longer than the circumference of your waist.
Spread out the strips in one group of 3 and one group of 2.
You will braid the group of 3 once. Always starting with the outside strip.
Then the outside strip will end up over with the other 2 strips. Now braid that once starting with the outside strip. The outside strip you started with with on this side will end up over on the other side to be used in that braid. Keep going back and forth always bringing that outside strip over to the other side each time.
You are basically braiding back and forth, borrowing a strand from the other side each time.
Once you have finished braiding, sew up the end with a zig zag stitch.
Then you can borrow a buckle from a thrift store belt.
Simply cut off the buckle and save the end piece.
Then thread the braided belt through the buckle and glue down with fabric glue.
Next use the end of an old belt and clasp it tight over the end to keep it from fraying.
I will post the finished outfits tomorrow. I accidentally pushed the publish button instead of the preview button before took my after pics. OOPS!
The yellow belt was inspired by Ashley’s 5 Strand Braided Headband. She has a wonderful explanation of the braiding process if you need more help.
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