Friday, March 05, 2010

Blooming Belt Tutorial


While it still feels like winter, I am inspired to create my own spring over here- full of bright color, fresh ideas, and pretty flowers. I couldn't resist making a spring inspired, blooming belt out of canvas and fabric!



Start by painting canvas in your favorite color. For this project I used Claudine Hellmuth's Sticky Back Canvas it was the perfect weight to make a sturdy flower.
Thicker fabric or canvas will also work- the material just needs to have some stability for creating shape and dimension in the petals.

Once the canvas is dry, begin cutting out flower petals.


Dab a drop of glue (craft glue, fabric glue, hot glue will all work) at the bottom of the petal and pinch together to create dimension.



Continue to make lots of petals.
Glue them side by side to create a flower.


Build up the petals by stacking and gluing together to create a large flower with lots of dimension.


Add beads to the middle of the flower.
(beads can be glued or attached with needle and thread)


create a variety of flowers in different sizes, colors or shades of color.


Make simple sash out of fabric that will wrap around your waist two times.
(My sash is roughly 6 inches wide and I then folded it in half and sewed the edges together.)


Trim the ends of the sash into a leaf like shape.
Sew edges of the sash together.


Attach the flowers to the surface, in the middle of the sash.
Use craft glue, fabric glue, or needle and thread- this will depend on the weight of the sash fabric and how many flowers you will be attaching. (If you have lots of flowers that become heavy on the surface of the sash, I would recommend hand sewing them to the surface before you have sewn the edges together)




Tie the belt with the flowers on the side,


or in the middle.

41 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! Thanks for the generous tutorial. I can't wait to try it out!

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  3. Wow. You are justpure genius

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  4. Most gorgeous shades of blue!!!

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  5. Would you consider selling yours? I am up here in the New England gray, and I don't have your amazing talent! Beautiful colors!

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  6. Beautiful!!! You are so inspiring!

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  7. The belt turned out so gorgeous! I am inspired to "spring-a-fy" my wardrobe with DIY accessories, thanks for sharing!

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  8. Oh my goodness! What a beautiful belt... Love the flowers!

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  9. Your belt is beautiful....so fresh and spring-timey! And I also love the white top you're wearing in the first photo.

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  10. I want to go clothes shopping with you and then mod them all out!

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  11. This is so beautiful.I love it and I'm absolutely want to try it!

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  12. What an amazing piece~ I think I need to find some time to make one of my own!!

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  13. great tutorial and piece.
    thanks so much for sharing!

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  14. Awesome! I love how you styled it and the colors are perfect for glamming up a plain dress!

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  15. wonderful bouquet! can.t wait to try it. thank you so very much!!!!!

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  16. So spunky! I love it :) I want to make one - thanks for inspiring me!

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  17. This is so cool, I can't believe you find time to do stuff like this to! I just became a huger fan of you!

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  18. This gave me lots of ideas and inspiration - THANKS!

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  19. Wow - that is fabulous - what a great way to welcome spring.

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  20. Oh WOW Alisa! I just get more and more excited every time you post a tutorial. This is GORGEOUS! I love it so much! I'll be linking.

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  21. Love this belt....and thank you so much for giving instructions...I will definitely try this....
    I have enjoyed your blog; hope you will over to mine for a visit....
    Hugs and Blessings,
    Butterfly

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  22. What fun! Great belt and love it even more that it's in my favorite color! :) Thank you for sharing your design! (Cute fashion

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  23. I love Canvas Remix so I was delighted to find you via One Pretty Thing. This belt is so pretty, I may have to make one tonight. Thanks for your generosity.

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  24. That looks great! I was thinking of making flowers out of paper for a necklace, but i think ur idea of painting a chosen colour on canvas is so creative!!

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  25. thanks for sharing... great tutorial

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  26. Great idea! But I have one questions... What material did you use for the belt?

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  27. Supperr. beautiful...

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  28. wow.....so wonderful Alisa....you are so talented! xo

    Love, violette

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  29. I made it. I made it and I love it!

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  30. It's amazing! And so beautiful. I'm going to bookmark this in my "want to do SOON file".
    Thanks! :)

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  31. whyducks11:29 AM

    Beautiful

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  32. Oh my goodness I'm in love with your blog and all the fun things you share...I'm thinking these flowers could be used for so many things...ooooh can't wait to get some of Claudine's sticky canvas.thank you so much!!!!

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  33. Super cute. I'm gonna have to get some canvas and get going! but quick ?... Did you just leave the backing on the canvas so it wasnt sticky or stick it to some fabric first? Thanks- Marie

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  34. Hi!

    I posted a link to this tutorial today.

    Nancy Ward
    PaperFriendly
    http://www.nancywardcrafts.com

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