Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Silk Obi Belts are On their Way Out of the Kitchen!

Silk obi belts may seem very easy to make, but are in fact the result of a few, very precise seams! This tutorial is similar to the padded obi's, but adapted to a much more delicate - and expensive! - fabric: silk. You'll especially need to be very careful with the outer seams, because it is a little harder to go straight.

You're going to need:

half yard of silk (about 50 cm)
fabric marker (chalk)
matching thread

Take your half yard, or meter, of silk, and lay it out horizontally on the table. Cut it like this:
Now you have three long strips. Put aside the larger. Take one of the smaller, and sew together the longer sides. Leave alone the ends, for the moment. After sewing, reverse the fabric inside out.

Do the same thing with the other. You now have the belt's strings, each about 110 x 5 cm (44 x 2.4 inches). Set them on the iron board with the seaming face down, and...iron! Make them a nice hem -at least for the two ends that are going to show!

Take the bigger piece of fabric you previously put aside. Double it, from left to right, obtaining a big rectangle, which should come out about 21 cm x 55 cm (8 x 22 inches). 

Now, with a fabric marker, draw the central part of your obi belt. Here there are many possibility, of course. I suggest drawing a simple rectangle modelled on your own waist height.

For instance, to get a corset belt, like mine, I'd make it 14-16 cm (6 inches) high, while to get a sash belt, 10 cm (4 inches). To be fair, my obi belts, which must adapt to every size, has a central part of about 16 x 45 cm (6 x 17 inches). This way I obtain a corset obi belt which can also be folded, and be worn as a sash.

Back to our project: sew along your marks, and, again, reverse the fabric inside out. Iron if you like a more neat result, and while ironing, set up the hem (do not sew it yet)!

At this point, the three parts of your obi belt are ready to join. Let the long strings slip inside the central rectangle, pin them in place, and sew. As you may see in the picture below, I made a clean double seaming, which holds in place both the belt's string, and the rectangle's hem.

Usually I add to my obi a belt loop, which is basically a huge eyelet. You can do it easily with the "button and hole" program of your sewing machine.

....And with the leftover?! A nice headband!

Hope you enjoyed,

Have a nice week end,



  1. I truly admire your skill and patience at working with silk! - and what a pretty shade of pink.

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! About the color, I loved that shade at first sight!!

  2. wow che ne servirebbe proprio una uguale ma di farla non so se sarei capace..e che rosa meraviglioso...

    1. Grazie dei complimenti, il colore è davvero un bel punto di rosa, tra l'antico e il geranio!

  3. Replies
    1. ...prego! Mi fa molto piacere l'idea che possa esserlo!

  4. Sei davvero brava, vorrei provarci ma so già... che non sarà così bella.
    Il colore mi piace da matti.
    Un bacione
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage diary

    1. ...Grazie! Penso un tutorial possa essere fonte di ispirazione anche per chi non cuce, è far girare le idee che è divertente, e non si sa mai quando e come qualcosa che abbiamo letto ci tornerà utile!

  5. Great tutorial! I have some silks and other delicate fabrics and they are still sitting in my drawer because I'm terrified to sew on them. Maybe I'll get some out and give it a try.

    1. ... you definitely should! It's not as impossible as it seems! :D

  6. Mi piace moltissimo ma io non sono proprio in grado di rifarlo....
    Don't Call Me Fashion Blogger

  7. E' bello, sei brava. Io sono negata per queste cose!

    1. ...grazie mille! Sono progetti molto semplici, da tener di conto se si vuole iniziare a cucire :P mai dire mai!

  8. This is so lovely tutorial.... makes me want to try it!

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