Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Add Belt Loops to a Shirt - it's so easy!

Want an easy way to add definition to your waist?
Add simple belt loops to your favorite top, along with a coordinating belt or ribbon, and all at once, you've improved your waistline!

A while back I posted a very similar tutorial on how to add belt loops to a shirt. It's so easy, that I decided share this tip again, this time with a cute sky blue linen tank.

This is the shirt before adding belt loops. 
All you need is a measuring tape, piece of matching embroidery floss and a needle with a medium width eye.

First, put your top on and decide where you want your sash/belt/ribbon to be. Your belt or sash should hit the smallest part of your waist.

Either check the measurement from your armpit down, or mark the spot with a safety pin and then take it off and measure the length. Make the measurement the same for both sides.

Next, cut off 2 pieces of embroidery floss. Mine were about 3 inches long. If you have a wide belt, you'll want to cut bigger pieces.  Tie a knot on one end of each piece.

Thread your floss through your needle, careful not to split the threads.

Insert your needle from the inside seam out.

Then go back through the seam to the inside. Make sure your width is wide enough to accommodate your belt/sash/ribbon.

Tie a knot on the inside, other end.

Gently pull the loop out on the right side of your top. Now on to the other side.

 It's kind of hard to see (and that's a good thing!), but this is the tank top with the added belt loops.

Now just add a ribbon, belt or whatever you choose.

Looks like it was made this way!

And the great thing about these simple little belt loops, is that if you're not in the mood to accentuate your waist? You can go inside the shirt and pull the floss tight and it barely shows on the outside.

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  1. excellent tutorial. i need to put some loops in a dress for pearce. thank you!

  2. Does the embird program allow you to transfer the appliques to the program so that you can manuever the names? I am new to this and the only program I have to the monogram wizard plus.

  3. hm.. I am reached here by searching for calibration details of embroidery machines ... think it is right place for it and this site should be an encyclopedia for the embroidery business.


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