Belt Extenders For Bellydance Belt!

Welcome back fearless readers!

I have a hulk update AND a sewing nugget for you!  Today we will look at making belt extenders for a belt that may be too small or just needs a little extra to get a better overlap on the sides.

Unfortunately- this is for my brand new belt. yeah yeah yeah- don’t @ me over the fact I need extensions for the belt I just started making.

I think there was *some* delusion about where I like to wear my belts and the fact I haven’t lost some lingering weight, AND the fact I put the two edges much closer together under the medallion than I originally planned when I cut them out.  that being said- the edges barely met and had little to no overlap on either side *cue sad clown music*
Originally I think these were about 1-1.5″ apart and secured to the medallion directly.

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Which- means- I needed to create little belt extensions for my belt- that’s almost fully beaded- as redoing the entire belt- is not realistic.

So I figured out how much I needed- and as we want to make it even, we cut out a piece for both sides!

Before we dive in- if you haven’t been following along- check a few of the recent posts here

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First step is to cut out interfacing to fill the gap, I lined up the edges so it was the same size as the belt with a good curve.

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And then I cut two- and two pieces of fabric to cover them and used my wonder clips to clip it together, so you see the front and back of the two pieces.

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And then sew it down!

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Once they are prepared, I start beading just like the rest of the belt. I’m going to make the choice to bead the whole thing and overlap it- which I recognize will cause some bulk, but will create some flexibility for a future owner should they want it.

I started with the gold- and did the green inside on the top, and green on the bottom and so forth and so on:

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And do the second row and there we have little extenders!

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Line it up and make sure it looks good then attach and decorate as needed to blend the pieces together- in my case that’s fairly easy. If you have anther belt with pieces that are fully filled out it mean taking some pieces off and moving them over to cover the space- but do what works best for you belt and your situation!

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Till next time fearless readers!

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