About Ankara belt
Rocking an Ankara belt can be a creative idea to give your look a nice touch of the African design. It is unique, bold and classy. The amazing thing is that it is not too outstanding. They say that Quincy Jones music is never loud.
An Ankara fabric is so adaptable such that it can be sewed onto any clothes like shoes, shirts, skirts, ties and many others, giving it the African print.
So this is how you can make an Ankara belt at home.
1 – 2 Hours
Tools and Supplies needed
- An old belt
- Pre-cut Ankara fabric that you want to make
- Needle and thread
- Heavyweight inner facing
- Eyelets 5’ 32”
- Hole Puncher or scissors
- Tape measure
- Sowing Machine
- Take your waist measurement
- Measure your waist using a tape measure and loop it around your midsection at your natural waist. This is usually at the top of your hips. Check the measurement where the tape starts to double up on itself – this is the waist circumference.
- The width of the belt is determined by the piece of the buckle where you will sow the cloth to. Multiply the width and length by two and add an inch to allow seam allowance.
- Cut a piece of interfacing that is the same size as the fabric. Use fusible interfacing instead of sow on. The fusible interface is easier to attach onto the belt rather than the sew-in one. The sow in one is recommended when you want to fix the belt using high levels of heat.
- The interfacing should reinforce the fabric so as to make it firm. The degree of firmness should be determined by the softness or firmness of the fabric.
- Place an ironing cloth on top of the fabric and interfacing. Take your Iron box and iron evenly and meticulously.
- Fold the belt inside out along its length by half.
- Sew the folded edges together but leave a half inch seam allowance. Mark out the shape you want the belt to have towards the end. It can be a pointed edge, straight or curved. It all depends on your liking.
The drawing of the shape you want your belt to assume. (Youtube)
9. Stitch along that drawing.
10. Turn the belt inside out using rod or your fingers.
11. Sew again along the long edges so that the belt can appear finished and professional. Leave little seam allowance and ensure the sewing line is straight and consistent.
12. Sew the edge along the width that was left open. Leave a quarter inch allowance.
13. Measure an inch and a half and mark with a pen from that edge. That is where you will place your buckle.
Measure an inch-and-a half from the open edge at the width. (Youtube)
14. Fit the buckle of your choice by sewing it.
15. Drill the belt holes on the other side according to your liking and the size of your waist.
16. You can use glue instead of sewing.