DIY Faux Leather Peplum Belt
Project Creator: Brenda
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: BEGINNER
Spring is here! It’s time to shove the winter coats to the back of the closet and start playing with fun and flirtatious accessories to bring a bit of spring joy into your daily wear. This fashion-forward peplum belt is a quick way to jazz up any outfit effortlessly. Instead of getting expensive ones in stores, why not whip up your own version in just 45 minutes?
>Brother computerised sewing machine
>Faux leather fabric 1m x 1m
Let’s start by making a circle pattern for the peplum. Measure around your waist, this will be the point where you want the peplum belt to start. Take that measurement and divide it by 6.28cm to get the radius for your waist circle. We take a waist measurement of 69cm, making the radius 11cm. Next, measure out how long you want your peplum to hang by starting from the waist line to your hip. We’d like to go with 15cm to make it look just right
When you have your measurements ready, use a chalk and make a dot at the center of the reverse side of the fabric. Mark the radius measurements carefully by making little dots all-round. Add a 2cm of seam allowance from the waist. Connect the dots and you will get a perfect circle pattern easily. At the front end of the peplum pattern, make a pizza-looking shape for the opening. Measure a 4cm width from the center line, and draw a diagonal line down.
Cut the peplum pattern out around the inner and outer circle markings.
You’re almost there! Take your remaining faux leather fabric and cut out 2 strips of fabric to about 70cm by 2cm. These 2 straps will be used as the closure of your peplum. You can use strips of black satin ribbon too if you prefer.
Next, fold in the 2cm seam that you have marked at the waist and pin it in place. At the opening of the peplum, insert about 6cm of the faux leather straps under the seam, and pin them together.
Make tiny cuts all-round the seam just like in the picture. This is to ensure that the folded seam sits perfectly flat and neat on the edge. Make sure each tiny cut is no more than 1cm deep.
And now it’s time to sew! We are going to sew just one line of stitches right above the tiny cuts we made earlier. Sew all the way around and try to keep the edge neat and flat.
Trim all threads. Finally, make diagonal cuts at the ends of the straps. And voila, you have yourself a one-of-a-kind peplum belt!
Pop the peplum belt on any of your plain pencil skirts and strut your stuff!
Tip: For a more casual playful look, you can also experiment with colourful fabrics that you get from your old clothes!
We would love to see your versions of this DIY! Share yours in the comment section.