Try-it Tuesday: The Skirt Challenge {#2}—Leather Flower Belt

Okay, I know I’m a bit slow on the uptake with getting the installments posted for:

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But today has been a bit…different.

In fact, I’m sitting here in my friend’s living room in Dallas while all three of my children hang out with their Grandma, and we’re watching footage of a tornado ripping through the area about 20 miles north of us. 

So far, no injuries/casualties, but all of those semis flying through the air are kind of cramping my shopping + movie plans.

Okay, bad joke…

But I am genuinely grateful that I spent so much time chatting with my friend that it took me way longer to get my photos than I wanted it to and delayed me from getting out the door because I would have been much, much closer to the tornado’s path if I’d left when I wanted to.

Moving on…

Let’s get to today’s $1 project, shall we?

I used the covered waistband from my “mullet skirt” (thank you for that perfect description, Bethany)…

…and added a fun leather flower for a twist.

I absolutely love the combo of prints + leather, so I thought that my gray/white Ikat pattern would work fabulously with the beautiful cognac leather from a GAP mini skirt that I scored at good ol’ GW weeks ago for $5.

Turns out, I was right.

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At least, I think so.

You know what else I think?

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It was a darn fine morning before all of this nasty, messy weather rolled in (holy moly, the mayor of Arlington just declared the city in a “state of disaster”).

Okay, so what do you need for a Leather Flower Belt of your own?

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Oh, and although your flower-making options are practically limitless, if you make yours like I did, you’ll also need a candle (and fire…yup…that too).

Here’s what you’ll do:

1. Make a petal template for your flower. In keeping with my “using whatever’s on hand” goal, I pulled an Indian giver move and nabbed these pretty white ceramic flowers that I gave Katie (the friend I’m staying with) for Christmas and traced around them onto my scrap paper.

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Apparently, I had incredible foresight in my gift-giving because I needed a large petal pattern and a smaller one, and I just so happened to have given her two different sizes of flowers.

So I traced around both the large and the medium flowers and then freehanded three circles for the center petals.

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2. I pinned my templates to the leather skirt…

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(yes, I know the skirt is cute and in perfect shape, but it’s not my size, and I couldn’t get this much beautiful leather for $5 anywhere).

…and started snipping.

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3. Then I burned the edges of the leather petal shapes and circles until they curled upwards slightly.

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(Pardon the fuzzy pic…I was focused on keeping the wind from blowing out my candle flame. If you do burn the edges, make sure to do it in a well-ventilated place because it can get quite, um, fragrant).

4. I stacked them on top of each other, and stitched them together through the center circle (stitching not pictured).

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5. Next I cut the waistband away from the skirt…

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…tucked the frayed edges under and stitched it in place

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(I also added a line of orange stitching to the top edge so I didn’t have a random line of orange on the bottom).

6. I trimmed the length of the waistband, then cut a strip from the bottom (already hemmed) edge of the leather skirt, then wrapped around and stitched it to the “belt” ends.

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7. I stitched two strips of Velcro to the end of the leather “wrapped” section (and trimmed that extra bit of waistband you see sticking out there).

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I used two strips of Velcro for a stronger hold.

I may replace this with snaps eventually, but since I didn’t have any on hand, and I didn’t want to buy anything for this project, the Velcro will be just dandy for now.

8. I attached my leather fabric flower to the front of one belt tail with a glob (not a dab) of high heat hot glue and set it aside to dry.

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9.  Finally, I tried it on and struck a pose for my sweet friend who was nice enough to play photographer.

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So…

What do you think of the challenge so far?

I definitely feel like I’m getting my money’s worth.

P.S. Pray for the weather here if you think of it. Tornados are popping up all of the Dallas area, and there’s been a lot of damage.

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Tuesday ~ Get Your Craft ~ Tip Junkie ~ Blackberry Vine ~ Crafty Confessions ~ Me & my Boys ~ A Bowl Full of Lemons ~ Home Stories A-Z ~ My Uncommon Slice of Suberbia  ~ Carolyn’s Homework ~ Sugar Bee Crafts ~ House of Grace ~ Passionately Artisitc ~ My World Made by Hand ~ Uncommon Designs ~ Trendy Treehouse

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Saturday ~ I heart nap time- Sundae Scoop ~ Tatertots and Jello ~ Be different Act Normal ~ Funky Junk ~ 2805 ~ Making Lemonade Blog ~I am Along for the Ride  ~ Lolly Jane

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13 thoughts on “Try-it Tuesday: The Skirt Challenge {#2}—Leather Flower Belt

  1. Hey Girlie! I saw you featured at Under the Table and Dreaming- and wanted to pop in and congratulate you on the feature!! Well deserved, you’re kinda amazing!
    xo Becca

  2. That is sooo cute! I especially love the flower! I had no idea you could burn leather like that…..gonna have to give it a try :) Thx for the inspiration as always!

  3. OK, I might get PETA mad at me, but in addition to the little headbands for your ducks, could you make them belts too? Your last post must include all your items on a baby duck. It could go viral.

    ~Bliss~

  4. First of all….love, love, love that belt! Coolest thing I’ve seen in awhile!

    Secondly, I’ll be praying for your safety!
    –Katie

  5. Well, that’s just super smart getting all that leather from goodwill. Dang, this means I’ll have to look at the clothes and not just the furniture when I go there :)

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