How to sew belt loops

I think the original intention behind this blog was to document everything I sew or make. But I was reading back through it, after Tilly’s thought-provoking post on what she looks for in a blog, and realised that there is hardly a sewing project to be seen.

So, here is an ACTUAL SEWING TIP to redress the balance. You might already know it, but if not, it will change your life*
*in a very small way 

Instead of stitching up lots and lots of teeny tiny belt loops (for your Beignet, for example), and spending valuable sewing time cursing like a sailor while attempting to turn them inside out, try this. You’ll need a twin needle.

  1. Get a rectangle of fabric cut out as usual. With the right side face down, fold in the two long edges of your rectangle so that they overlap in the back.
  2. Iron them down.
  3. Put the twin needle in your sewing machine and thread it up.
  4. Sew down the belt-loop, with the ‘good’ side facing up.

Ta-da – you have a double-topstitched belt loop!

belt loops right sidej
Right side of the belt loops

And the raw edges on the back have been neatened up with a zig zag:

belt loops wrong side
Wrong side of belt loops

Genius or what?

If you don’t want to see the double topstitching, just use a colour that matches the fabric and you can hardly tell.

Here’s what they looked like on my Beignet skirt:

Belt loop on skirt

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2 thoughts on “How to sew belt loops

  1. Chrysopale December 16, 2011 / 12:30 AM

    Oh my… that’s wonderful.

    Thanks a lot for the tip !

  2. didyoumakethat November 23, 2011 / 9:47 AM

    That is indeed a top tip as those ruddy belt loops send me demented!

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