Last year for Valentine's Day, I made the easiest string of felt hearts to put on the mantle. I cut WAY too felt hearts. So I stuck them in a box for this year. Those hearts combined with some leftover ribbon (more on that below) ... enter - the Valentine's Day Toddler Belts! I very quickly whipped up (like less than an hour) two toddler belts with ribbon closures. One has felt hearts, while the other is plain red gingham.
Back to the project. Has anyone else noticed that Pottery Barn Kids uses really nice ribbon on their wrapped packages? I've never been able to throw it away, so I just keep throwing it in a drawer to use for later. I cannot throw this kind of thing away.
If you want to make one too, here's the instructions. This is VERY easy and takes well under an hour. If you run into any questions, please don't hesitate to email or leave a comment!
- 1/4 yard fabric (You'll have scraps)
- Fusible Fleece (I use pre-packaged Pellon 987F)
- Coordinating Ribbon
- Felt Scraps (optional)
Step 2. Cut materials.
- Fabric: cut two pieces your child's waist measurement x 2.5" each for the front & back (mine were 18" x 2.5")
- Fusible Fleece: cut 1 piece: your child's waist measurement minus 1" [mine = 17"] x 1"
- Ribbon: cut 2 pieces approximately 15" each (you can trim down if needed)
- Cut Felt Shapes, for the heart overlay (optional)
Step 4. Make a "sandwich" with the right sides of the fabric facing - with the ribbon pieces pinned to the short ends as the "inside" of the sandwich. Make sure the length of the ribbon is INSIDE the "sandwich." Hopefully the picture below clarifies that mumbo jumbo.
|Pin ribbon to the bottom of sandwich so you do not sew it! Note, the ribbon is INSIDE the sandwich.|
- Step 7. Top stitch all the way around! If you like it plain, stop there (like I did with the Red Gingham one) ... if you want some Valentine's Day Flair, then ... Step 8. Grab the felt shapes, arrange and pin on the front of the belt. (The belt is really reversible at this point, so just pick a side). Sew a straight line through the middle of the shapes - and you're really done! For that big "double heart" I did stitch the smaller white one to the bigger red one so that it wouldn't flop around.
|(I decided to take 2 hearts off & space them out before I sewed them down. I wanted to see the white / red dot fabric more.)|
|Yes, SHE insisted on her skinny jeans with her special red shoes. And I am obsessed with her in them. Obsessed.|
|Take a drive in your flashy red shoes!|