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Costume and Hip Belt Ties
If you are making belts based on patterns on this site, the specific belt-instruction page will have the needed raw dimensions.
Fast Flat Ties
The goal: make two flat ties neatly and quickly.
- Cut or rip the fashion fabric to the following dimensions.
- Length: If you can do two at once, do so. For instance, the fastest way to make hip belt ties is to rip one piece of 42" - 54"-wide fabric selvage to selvage. This will be enough for two ties. If you are measuring: The raw length of each tie body will be the desired finished length of the tie plus one inch for seam allowance.
- Width: 2 x finished width of tie + 1" for seam allowance. Remember that you can put a tuck in the end of the tie attached to the belt to make it narrower so that the rest of the tie can be wider.
- Sew your tie fabric the long way to make a tube. Use 1/3" seam allowance.
- Press seam open with top of iron.
- Turn inside-out so that the right side is now on the outside.
- Position the seam so that it is in the MIDDLE of the belt, not an end! This will look much better.
- Finish tie edges. If your ends are on a selvage and you like the way it looks, simply stitch the ends shut. Otherwise, turn the ends under 1/2", press and stitch.
- If you are making two ties at once, fold your belt body in half the short way, press the fold, and then make two rows of stitches, 1/2" apart, at the middle fold. Cut between the lines. Now you have two ties.
If these are hip belt ties, tuck raw ends to desired width as per belt instructions and stitch tucks into place.
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