Embroidered Belt Buckles
This is one of my favorite quick and easy projects. Most of us have more reasons NOT to wear a belt than to wear one because they draw attention to our waist (something we often avoid), they remind us of cowboys and we don’t ride horses, we like elastic pants without belts because they are comfortable.
But belts can be slimming on most figures when worn with a jacket. Interesting belt buckles add a touch of adornment to plain outfits and embroidery lends a feminine touch to a masculine item. But most of all – they are really fun to make!
You can find the blank buckles at http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com. You probably already have the other supplies. Here’s the list:
Amazing Designs Eileen Roche’s Fashion Embellishments I ADP-20JEREMB022
Faux suede or leather, denim or other sturdy fabric 8” x width of fabric
Pellon Featherweight Fusible black interfacing 8” x belt measurement
Vellum or tracing paper
One blank belt buckle: Tandy Leather
Needle: embroidery 80/12
Step 1. At the Computer (Palette Instructions by Kathy Isbell)
When you have an odd object to embroider, make a template in Layout & Editing of Palette 7.0. (This can also be done in older versions of Palette.)
Place the buckle face down on the scanner bed, open Layout & Editing in Palette, and select “Image” on the top tool bar. Go to “Select TWAIN Device”. The Twain device is your scanner and Palette needs to recognize your scanner before you scan an object. With any future scans, you don’t need to select the Twain device again, because Palette will know to scan from this device the next time.
Select “Input” again and choose “from TWAIN device…”
The buckle will be scanned in its original size, and the scanned buckle will appear as an image on the screen. The scanned image cannot be viewed in “Realistic Preview”.
Turn off “Region Sew”, and change “Line Sew” to a running stitch and select a thread color that is highly visible.
If making an inset for a round or oval buckle, use the circle tool on the left toolbar. If the buckle is square or rectangle, use the rectangle drawing tool. Draw around the inside of the buckle. Make certain the drawn template doesn’t extend outside the inner area of the buckle.
To check the template for the inside of the buckle, print out the page, cut out the template and place it inside the buckle. Make any necessary adjustments to the digital file and save it as BuckleOutline. Save the paper template to use as a guide when cutting out the two-sided adhesive.
When you are satisfied with the template size, the scanned image of the buckle can be removed from the background by going to “Image”, “Modify”, and delete. The only thing on your screen now is the template you drew.
Open design ADP-20JEREMB022. Select one portion of the branch as shown.
Copy and paste the selected branch and mirror image it. Move the branch as shown.
Paste the adjusted design into BuckleOutline and save it as BambooBuckle.
Step 2. Embroider the Design
Hoop tear-away stabilizer. Insert the metal frame of Magna-Hoop into the hoop. Place the faux suede in the hoop and top it with the large acrylic frame. Snap the magnets into the slots.
Attach the hoop to the machine and stitch the basting outline in the same color thread as the fabric. Remove the fabric from the hoop and set aside.
Step 3. Cover the Buckle
Remove one sheet of protective paper from the double-sided adhesive. Center the embroidery over the sticky adhesive. Cut the buckle on the basting line.
Use a pin to score the second piece of protective paper and remove it. Press the sticky side on the buckle blank.
Step 4. Make the Belt
Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the faux suede, make sure it is secure. Fold the fabric in half and place the pattern on the fabric, matching the pattern’s fold line (select correct size) with the fabric fold.
Cut out the belt. Edgestitch with the blindhemming foot around all edges. Use a permanent marker to color the edges. Let dry.
Add one snap to one end of the belt following the manufacturer’s directions for installing the snap.
Terrifically Tacky Tape™ by Art Accentz™
Therm O Web Mounting Adhesive
Red Liner Tape
Want a chance to win a Buckle Up Belt Buckle Kit? Just tell me what your favorite fast and easy project is and consider yourself entered to win! The Buckle Up Collection consists of a CD with 9 belt buckle designs, two blank buckles and three pieces of faux leather!
The winner of the giveaway from last week is… Paule-Marie! We’re going to be sending you Teddy, the Amazing Stitchable Bear, to embroider!
Paule-Marie I try to be organized – hard most of the time. I do have projects set up in plastic bags and also use plastic containers so I can stack easily. My favorite hint to get enough sewing time in is to have your machine always set up and ready to go. That way, if I have only 10 or 15 minutes, I can get sewing right away. Nothing stop creativity cold than having to set up and take down because you don’t have a dedicated sewing spot – even if it is only a corner in the family room. I also carry it one step farther. I am lucky enough to be able to leave a sewing machine at work so that I can sew on my lunch hour.
Congratulations, Paule-Marie !