Make a Fauxobi ...Day 5

...yea I know the name is weird but it came to me in a moment of intense sinus pressure so that was the best I could come up with lol.

Here is my tute that I shared on Sewing Mamas and when I figure out how to add PDFs to the website I will do that but for now here is the tute....

How to make a Faux Obi belt - a Fauxobi

What I used: Cotton Woven & Ribbon

Possible Options:
Satin Ribbon
Ribbon made of stiffer material or even trims
hook & eyes
knit for main waist part

Step 1: Measure the waist of the person who this is for.....in my case I did my daughter who is 8 and the waist measurement is 27”. Add appx 2-3” to for seam & small overlap (if you do the overlap too big the ribbons will not work because they are sewn into the edges but you could always attach the ribbon in another place, it depends on the look you are going for.)

Measure, mark and cut width for around waist (the long edges).

Step 2: Decide how the height you want the fauxobi to be...in my case we did 8” so cut and account for seams!

Measure, mark and cut height (the short edges)!

Step 3: Since I had the yardage I just cut one tall piece and folded it along the length of one of the long edges. So at this point you should have one large piece to be folded or 2 separate pieces. Iron and trim wonky edges or better yet use a rotary cutter!

Step 4: Cut two ribbons. Length can be determined by how long you want it to wrap around the waist. Once and tie in the front or side. Or two or even three times. So measure and then cut two equal ribbons. --Sorry no pic of these.

Step 5: Turn right sides of fabric together. Insert and pin ribbon in between each edge (the short edges). If you want you can stagger the ribbons so one is slightly above the other-see Step 9 for explanation of staggered ribbons. Be sure to tuck main part of ribbons inside, between the right parts of fabric, with ribbon ends sticking out a bit on each edge.

Step 6: Leaving an opening on one half of one of the short edges for turning out later, start sewing at ribbon and sew around the edges of the entire belt, sewing ribbons between edges. Be sure to check that you are not accidentally sewing main length of ribbons into edges because they are tucked into middle

Step 7: Turn out fabric and ribbons. Use a long stick, etc. to get corners right angled. Iron.

Step 8: Tuck raw edges in and sew closed the turning hole. If desired you can top stitch around all the edges and re-iron.

Step 9: Well not really a step but you can see why I had you offset the ribbons. This way when they tie or if you have them wrap a couple of times around the waist they will not run into each other and lay flatter.

Wrap and finish! Tie how you want, front, side, bows...play around and have some fun!! Be creative!!

The gray one is made with just simple satin ribbon that tied once in front. The ribbon I used in the green example is a bit polyester so it is stiffer.


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