Boho Chic Belt, With A Secret Pocket Plus Tutorial

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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″.  Boho Chic Belt

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″Boho Chic Belt

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.Boho Chic Belt

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. Boho Chic Belt

I have used a diamond pattern but you can make any design you desire.
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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.Boho Chic Belt

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 interfacingBoho Chic BeltPlace 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.  Boho Chic BeltFlip 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.

Boho Chic BeltThis is how the secret pocket should look like.
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23 Responses to Boho Chic Belt, With A Secret Pocket Plus Tutorial

  1. Laura Augustine says:

    Could this be reversible if you skipped the zipper pocket?

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  5. Emily Wout says:

    Love this. Exactly what I’ve been wanting to make. Also love the dress in the picture, is there a pattern for if?

  6. Denise says:

    It looks fun. wondering how it will look on a not so thin model (ie me!), Also, is there a printable pdf? I don’t generally have a tablet of laptop on the sewing and cutting table.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Hi Denise, all the instructions for this belt are free on our website. You need to draft the pattern yourself following the instructions.

  7. Stacy F says:

    I don’t see the tutorial or how to go to the “next page” to see recommended fabric. What am I missing?

  8. Hilary Pollock says:

    I agree with Debbie Holterman, and also would love the pattern for the dress if it is available! 😀

  9. Liri says:

    I agree with Debbie Holterman above. Love the belt! I have seen cool leather custom belts made like this and you can totally personalize it! <3

  10. Dell Culver says:

    Do you have a pattern for the dress the Boho belt is shown on? I love it.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      I do, this is not a novice sewing project because of the collar and will require a video, which always takes me a week or more to make. I let know when is done.

  11. Jennie says:

    I must say this brings back disco memories for me. I had one that was heavy black leather, with a heavy large brass hook and eye to close it. There was a 6 or 7 inch pouch that was stitched inside the front on one side. Very handy. I carried a loose car key and house key, drivers license (I was always designated driver) lip gloss (oh, the shiny lips) and money. That and the lucite heels.

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Oh Jennie, that sound fantastic, I think I will make another one with the pouch, thank you so much!!!!

  12. Connie Miracle says:

    I love it except for the zipper. I know I would mess that up! I wonder if velcro could somehow be used in place of it?

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      It can work, for sure! Just keep in mind it will thicker than a zipper. If you are afraid of sewing an invisible zipper, don’t be please. Buy a metal invisible zipper, the one with the little hole in the middle and it will take you literally 2 minutes to sew a zipper, I promise!

  13. Debbie Holterman says:

    I really like this, but I think the secret pocket zipper should be off-center, with the zipper closer to the top of the belt. It would be easier to slip something larger (like that phone) in and straight down rather than putting the bottom half of the phone into the pocket and trying to flip or fold the top half of the pocket over it to zip. Cool belt, though!

    • Mayra at So Sew Easy says:

      Yes I tried that, for me at least the bulk created by the zipper and the edge of the phone really bothered me. I have a short torso so maybe that is the reason. Do let us know how your design went, I am sure others will benefit from your opinion. Thanks for your comment!

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