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This week I’m showing you how to make a sweet summery sash using this recycled cotton skirt and a small amount of recycled black leather. My original plan was to giveaway the belt but I changed that for two reasons.

 

One: the model wouldn’t give it back and
Two: this belt is so small, you’d have to be a size 0-4 to wear it. just sayin…

 

I decided instead to create an equally sweet little key pouch from the same fabric and recycled leather and host a new giveaway for the pouch. It’s perfectly sized for your cards and cash, cell or compact camera. And did I mention that you can attach your keys? But hold on. First, let’s make the belt.

*Note* I’m an estimator. My apologies. I try my best.
What You’ll Need:
recycled skirt
recycled leather
sewing machineWhat You’ll Do:

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I cut a strip of this fabric about 14″ wide. Measure your waist and subtract about 2-3″.
This will be your length.
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Turn under along one side and stitch to hide the raw edge.

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Fold over one third on the unfinished side, then fold the finished side over that.

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Pin along the edge.

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Stitch along this side to close.

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I basted (widest stitch length) across the width – two seams 1/4″ apart.

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I spaced my double stitched sections about 5″ apart.

Pull the unfinished thread to gather.

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My width is about 2 1/2″

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Stitch again over the gathered sections to hold in place.

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This is the finished fabric section with edges finished and sections gathered.

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cut two pieces of the leather – 4″ x 2.5″

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On the back side of the leather, mark the halfway point to center lengthwise then
mark the center width and expand markings by 1/2″. You will have marked a 1″ section.
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cut open your 1″ slit (I used my seam ripper).

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Cut two strips of the leather 1″ by about 14-15″

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slide the end of a strip of leather through the slit, front to back.

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Place the gathered end of the fabric inside the end of the leather.

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Double the leather over so that the longer strip is sticking out one end by about 1/2″ and the fabric is gathered and sticking out the opened side. Clip.

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Stitch all the way around. I then stitched an “X” shape.
*Note*
I used my industrial machine, but a regular machine can be used if you have a leather needle (no more expensive than a regular needle) and set your machine to it’s widest stitch width.
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Done!

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Adorable, right?

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