DIY: Bows and Dots

I have been in a bow wearing mood recently, but then again I always love a great bow or bow tie. I wore one today actually! Therefore, this was the perfect time to provide you with a quick DIY.

With having a few more leftover pieces of leather, (and before I delved into new yardages acquired) here's a bow belt that I made a week or so ago. Having my waste not want not mentality, I decided to do something with those extra strips, and also wanted to use the sequins beads that I bought. Mission: To finish off most/all of the recycled leather pieces to make them into an accessory.

Materials:

Elastic- Waist measurement L x 5cm W
Bow approx. 31cm L
Sequins beads-10 pcs.
Closures-metal hook & eye)-2
Heavy duty magnet (optional)-1 pair
Cement Glue- If using magnet
Trim-(Button)-1
Scissors
Tailor's chalk
Sewing machine




Start by cutting wide elastic to the measurement of how you want your belt to fit. Using chalk or a pin, mark where you want the belt to close (for magnet placement), leaving room at the elastic edge for hook and eyes or any other closure placement. I created my own version of a bow by cutting my leather at desired width/length. Then, cut the leather ends at an angle so that the belt could still remain flat instead of having a bulky result when wearing.

I used an antique colour spray paint to make the bow area aged copper, then let dry. Laying the leather flat mark the center back of the leather with a pin or chalk to align one side edge of elastic up with the back of the bow. Make two straight stitches sewing that edge of elastic to the center back of the leather (painted side-up).  Secure and cut excess threads. You should have the one side of elastic edge free and the other sewn to the leather.



Next, I folded the leather into desired bow shape and pinned the front closed temporarily. I glued an embellished button to the center of the bow, closing the top edge of the leather, leaving a small triangular space between each side of leather on the bottom. Afterward, I carefully added flat sequins beads to act as my "polka dots" on the belt, then left aside to dry.

Lastly, adding a hook and eye with a magnet closure closure completed the belt! Just use your marking placement done in the beginning to glue one magnet at the center back side of the bow onto the elastic, then add one magnet the opposite edge of the elastic leaving room for hook & eye placement. You may finish elastic edge with a stitch or a high heat stick (which will burn the edges).


MissionComplete. Aged Bow Belt!
Well, there's still at least one more good piece of leather left, but I will save that one for a rainy day handbag!

*Here's a sneak peak of unusual hand dyed fabric that I received. I am working on something special at the moment .... stay tuned.

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39 comments

  1. Loving your new dotted bow belt - it turned out beautifully!

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  2. Amber Callan18 May, 2012

    Your belt is so freaking cute. I'll definitely have to try and make my own!

    You have some really wonderful DIYs! I can't wait to follow you and I hope you return the favor (: xx Amberhttp://amberleetea.blogspot.com/

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  3. This is so cute!  I am not usually a bow type of gal, but I like that this one has a bit of edge.

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  4. what an awesome DIY! great job! Xox <3 hautepinkpretty.com

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  5. This is awesome Madison!! I LOVE bows!

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  6. My dear you amaze me with your amazing DIY skills!!! Love that bow belt! :)

    Take care,Daniella xox

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  7. Thanks so glad that you liked it! :)

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  8. Fashionpearlsofwisdom18 May, 2012

    Really cute! x

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  9. So adorable! Love it!
    - AimeeSwellMayde DIY's

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  10. I can't wait to see the hand dyed fabric!  That's something my mom works with at her place of employment!  The belt is amazing and a great DIY!

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  11. Thanks Aimee! Have a great weekend dear! xo

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  12. Brilliant! I don't think I can do something like this, but you made it look so easy:)

    Emmy
    http://scarberianfashionlover.blogspot.com

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  13. you are so clever! Love the DIY belt!

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  14. Thank you Cecylia. Glad that you like it too!

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  15. i love this!  what a great idea to creat a leather bow.  i love the antique effect too!

    Claire

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  16. Cool DIY, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  17. Steffi Santa19 May, 2012

    cute! thanks for sharing with us :)

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  18. Bows and dots are two of my favorite things - love love!

    RE: Lucky magazine...did you see those cap-toe wedges from The Webster @ Target in the latest issue? Swoon!  :)

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  19. Christel19 May, 2012

    Great job ! This DIY is genius !!!
    http://selenite.weebly.com

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  20. compagnion2.blogspot.com19 May, 2012

    so creative! great post dear, so inspirating!
    Take a look at my blog in your spare time and follow if you like it, ofc I'll do the same!

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  21. Absolutely LOVE this!  Hope you're having a great weekend :) xoxo

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  22. Such a cute belt!  You go girl!

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  23. I TOTALLY adore it! I love the dots that you added to the bow! more texture!

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  24. wow this is so cute! great DIY dear!!!!

    hope you had wonderful weekend!!!
    xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  25. Thanks so much! Hope your weekend was great! xx

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  26. Thanks Claire! Enjoy your Sunday.

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  27. Thanks dear Daniella. I love doing DIY I hope you're having a great wkd.!

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  28. This one is quite easy. So glad that you liked it dear. -xo

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  29. Francesca Giusti21 May, 2012

    love this post and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow
    you!


    Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be
    so glad :D


    kisses


    http://francescagiusti.blogspot.com/

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  30. great DIY!
    loving all of ur DIYs!!
    xo
    MOSAMUSE

    http://www.MOSAMUSE.com

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  31. Oh to Be a Muse21 May, 2012

    I love the little dots that you put on your DIY bow. Great mission to use up all your leather accessories.

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  32. Great DIY. It looks so cool and easy.

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  33. Mary Jo at Trustyourstyle22 May, 2012

    I have been wanting a bow tie belt too lately--thanks for the inspiration, I may have to make up a black one soon!

    xo Mary Jo

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  34. This is great, I've never tried using leather before. Thanks for linking up!

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