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:

Amy said...

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

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Bree said...

Wow. You are justpure genius

Jeanneoli said...

Most gorgeous shades of blue!!!

BostonGirl said...

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

Kathleen Tennant said...

Beautiful!!! You are so inspiring!

Bonafyde said...

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

PiecesofD said...

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

Janet said...

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

Melissa M (Lagaz) said...

Gorgeous!!!!

Melly Testa said...

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

Anzouya said...

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

Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

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

jodi of the creative JAR said...

great tutorial and piece.
thanks so much for sharing!

Sonia said...

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

chrissy said...

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

Jessie said...

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

Previously Pants said...

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!

Lilith said...

very cute!!

Jess said...

This gave me lots of ideas and inspiration - THANKS!

marciglenn said...

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

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

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.

Butterfly Works said...

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

angeljoy said...

CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!

Jodi Ohl said...

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

Amy Eileen Koester said...

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.

CB said...

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!!

postcards and pretties said...

thanks for sharing... great tutorial

victats@gmail.com said...

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

Sena Çeyiz said...

Supperr. beautiful...

Andrea @ The Train To Crazy said...

Gorgeous! Wow.

violette said...

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

Love, violette

Paisley said...

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

Lori said...

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

Lotus Flower Herbals said...

sooo pretty! thanks!

claudine hellmuth said...

OMG this is AMAZING!!!

Alice D said...

so beautiful!

whyducks said...

Beautiful

Bevie said...

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!!!!

ChasingRays said...

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

Nancy Ward said...

Hi!

I posted a link to this tutorial today.

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

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