Monday, April 14, 2014

Faux Leather Belt Tutorial and Free Pattern!

As promised here is the tutorial and free pattern for the Faux Leather Belt I made for the Mystery Challenge!
Materials Needed:

  • Faux Leather--1 piece: 4"x 5" and 1 piece: 2" x length of waist + 8"
  • Scrap of fabric--1 piece 10" x 10" or a number of smaller scraps
  • Thick Interfacing (I used Pellon Décor Bond) 8"x 5"
  • Fusible Web (I used Pellon Wonder Under) 4" x 7" 
  • 2 D-Rings 25mm
  • Indian Seed Beads
  • Basic sewing supplies including, sewing machine, iron, hand sewing needle, scissors, pencil
Trace the Teddy Bear pattern onto 2 pieces of interfacing, mirror image.
Either cut out and iron cut out onto back of fabric and leather, or iron onto back of fabric and leather and then cut out.
Trace the shaded circles onto fusible web, labelling them if wanted.

Iron onto back of fabric and cut out.

Very carefully iron onto the faux leather, using the tip of your iron, making sure not to touch the leather with the iron like I did!

Reinforce by stitching around the circles.

Add beads to the Teddy Bear for the nose and eyes.

I strung three beads and then went back into the first bead to make a triangle.
Make sure to stitch them on securely!

You should now have these two pieces:

We are now going to make the bear removable by adding a belt loop to the fabric side of the bear.
Cut a piece of fabric that is 2.5" x 2.5" and sew it into a rectangle with right sides together--only sewing on the 'long' end.
Turn and iron flat.
Fold the short ends under by a scant 1/4" and topstitch onto the bear like this:
Cut a teddy bear out of Fusible Web and iron onto the wrong side of the fabric bear.
Remove paper backing and iron the fabric teddy onto the leather teddy, leather side down (away from the iron).
Put a corresponding color of thread in your sewing machine and stitch around the outside of the bear about 1/8" from edge, as seen in this picture:
Now, for the belt.
Take the long piece of faux leather you cut and fold the sides toward the middle, wrong sides together.
I used a decorative stitch to stitch the edges down in the middle--making sure both edges are caught.
Fold one short end of the belt under by 1/4" and stitch down.
Take the D-Rings and slide them onto the belt, folding the unstitched short side down over the D-Rings by 1 1/4". Fold under 1/4" and top stitch down.
Slide the Teddy Bear on, and you are done! 

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and free pattern!
If you do make it, I'd love to see pictures--just email them to me, or add them to the Flickr group!


  1. Thanks for sharing...I am wondering what to do to do up the belt? I would like to make this for my granddaughter.

    1. Hi Colleen, I used two D-links to do up the belt :)


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