Finished Garment Measurements
The belt will be your waist measurement by 4 1/4″ wide.
Step One: preparing the fabric
You will need a rectangle in the main fabric the size of your waist by 5 1/4″.
Cut two rectangles the contrasting fabric the size of your waist by 3 1/4″ and one more rectangle the same the size of your waist by 5 1/4″
Cut a rectangle of sewable interfacing the size of your waist minus one inch by 4 1/4″. The interfacing needs to be 1/2″ smaller on all sizes to reduce the bulk when sewing.
Attach the interfacing to the main fabric. I am using sprayable glue, but this step is optional. You can use pins as an alternative.
Step Two: making one side of the boho chic belt
Use a grading or quilting ruler to draw lines to be able to sew the interfacing to the main fabric. This will give the fabric more texture.
I have used a diamond pattern but you can make any design you desire.
To the side with the sewable interfacing attach the rectangle of contrasting fabric (your waist x 5 1/4″). In my case, this is the black rectangle.
Step Three: making the other side of the boho chic belt
Mark with tailor's chalk the middle of the contrasting fabric rectangles (your waist x 3 1/4″). If your fabric is prone to unravel as mine is, apply thin fusible interfacing. Place the zipper facing down. Match the middle of the zipper with the marks on the rectangle and align the zipper with the edge of the fabric. Flip the rectangle and align the other side of the zipper tape with the other rectangle. Make sure the tailor's chalk marks line up. Sew the remaining part of the rectangle at 1/2″. Iron the seam open.
This is how the secret pocket should look like.