How to Make a Belt and Use Quilting for Your Fashion Inspiration

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This obi-style belt borrows from traditional quilting to make a fashion statement.
Leather hexagon shapes are sewn together, a la Grandmothers Flower Garden, using a decorative machine stitch and some variegated thread.
Sew the leather hexagons to a piece of stable woven fabric.
This obi-style belt borrows from traditional quilting to make a fashion statement.

This obi-style belt borrows from traditional quilting to make a fashion statement.

Photo: Mary Ray
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2. Cut out the pattern, as shown, from the leather. Cut as many hexagons as you'll need to cover the front section. Cut one front from the woven fabric. The hexagons will be sewn to this fabric.

 

Cut enough hexagons, exactly the same size, to fill the front section.

3. Place the first hexagon in the center of the foundation fabric. To hold it in place, dab a tiny bit of glue on the back of the piece, use a spray adhesive, or cut a piece of fusible bonding material-such as Wonder Under or Steam-a-Seam-and fuse in place. Be sure to place a press cloth on top of the leather when fusing.

 

Sew the leather hexagons to a piece of stable woven fabric.

4. Place another hexagon next to the first. You don't need to glue or fuse the remaining pieces in place; just be careful to hold the edges tightly together while you sew. Use a decorative machine stitch that crosses over between the pieces, or a zigzag stitch, and sew the hexagons to the foundation fabric.

 

Use a zigzag or decorative machine stitch to sew the pieces together.

5. Continue adding pieces until the entire foundation piece is covered with hexagons.

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Comments (5)

Silhouette_Darling writes: How cute! I may have to make that one of these days! my list just keeps getting longer!
Thanks for the Fun class Thursday and telling me about this website!
abby
Posted: 4:17 pm on September 26th
LindaPermann writes: this is really cute, and i love the color combinations!
Posted: 1:54 pm on September 12th
Sister_Diane writes: Beautiful! This really gets my wheels spinning. Love the stitch pattern and thread combined with the leather colors.
Posted: 12:05 pm on September 12th
kaytet writes: i love this!!! such a great idea
Posted: 11:25 am on September 12th
Tina_Hilton writes: Congratulations on yet another stunning project!
Posted: 9:53 am on September 12th
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