A wrap dress I sewed quite a while back now has a matching belt. It fits OK at the waist when I wear it as the waist is in the right place (because we all make our clothes to fit us as best we can right), but it bugs me when I hang up the dress and the belt is separate and I have to hang it over the hanger – and invariably it slips off and ends up on the floor with my cat dragging it around.
I need some of those thread belt loops that you used to see on dresses to hold the belt. I think these add a nice touch, hold the belt where it should be when worn, and when you take it off, the belt can still stay with the dress, ready for when you wear it next.
So I set out to make some. You can sort of crochet them with needle and thread, but goodness, who has time for all that with thin thread these days. Not sure my middle-aged eye-sight could cope with that! I was looking for a quick and easy way – by machine with minimal hand-sewing. Here's my attempt.
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How to make thread belt loops quickly and easily with your machine
- Pick a matching thread color. Use a book and wrap your thread around 4 times.
- Carefully take the threads off the book and straighten them out. You'll have 8 pieces of thread and loops at each end. Tie off the end that has the loose threads in a knot.
- Set your sewing machine to a medium zig-zag stitch. I used a width of 4.0. Stitch length is probably irrelevant.
- Place your threads under the center of the presser foot, holding onto the loops front and back.
- Zigzag over the threads.
- Your machine feed dogs probably won't feed through so you'll have to use the loops to hold the thread taut and pull it through slowly from the back as you zig-zag.
- Thread the completed piece through a needle with a large eye. To add to an existing dress, sew your belt loops into your side seams at the waist, knotting securely at the back.
- OR, if you are adding them at the time of construction, you can pin it in place as you sew your side seams. Sew back and forth over a couple of times to make sure they are in there securely. Maybe knot the ends too at the seam.
Tah dah smart belt loops. No more belts on the floor being attacked by cats.