DIY Gifts: D-Ring Belts

One thing I love about the holidays is making handmade gifts for family and friends. I try to think of items that are simple enough to make for everyone, easy to customize, and practical. These D-Ring belts check off all my boxes and are great stocking stuffers too. Dritz D-Rings make these belts simple to create and you can personalize each one based on fabric, print, and embellishment for everyone in your life. I also am a fan of these belts because they're not bulky under shirts. 

Get the details below on how to make a D-Ring belt. 

Supplies: Think outside the box when picking materials. The traditional way to make these is with cotton webbing. You can also use fabric, embellished trims, and ribbon. I chose an embellished chain trim, hand dyed fabric, ribbon, and a woven trim. 

You will want to get a strap that measures the D-Ring width or slightly smaller. The length should be waist measurement + 7" (child 5"). So you will need atleast 1-2 yards per belt depending on this.  Because it's a gift, getting a waist size will be hard so look up standard waist measurements based on size and add the additional 7". 

Fabric Method: I love using fabric method because I get to use my hand dyed shibori fabric.  

  • Cut a strip of fabric that measures 2" (or twice the measurement of the D-Ring width you chose) x waist measurement plus 7" (child 5").
  • Fold them in half so right sides are together and sew along the raw edges. 
  • Use the Dritz Loop Turner and pull the right side out.
  • Press so the seam is in the center of the back. 
  • Tuck in the raw edges at the end and sew into place. 
  • Fold the strip over the D-rings enough to sew into place and sew. 

Trim/Webbing Method:

  • Cut your strip to measure the waist + 7" If you're using a strip that has a print on one side and solid on the other you will need to add an additional 7" to sew over the back side. 
  • Try sewing a lace or printed ribbon over the webbing. 
  • Use a fray check or a zig zag stitch on the raw ends of the trim
  • Fold over the rings about 1/2" toward the back side and top stitch into place. 

That's it...once you get the hang of this you will whipping them out for everyone you know.  

*In collaboration with Dritz. 

I received compensation from Dritz®, and some of the materials featured here or used in this project were provided free of charge by Dritz®. All opinions are my own


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