If Vera Wang is doing it, you know it’s a hot bridal fashion style. Embellished, dramatic belts and sashes are continuing to be a strong trend in wedding fashion with everyone from Chelsea Clinton to Khloe Kardashian and Carrie Underwood embracing the look.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to add a little glamour and individual style to your gown with a belt… and, they are surprisingly easy to make. This belt is particularly good to dress up and stylize a simple bridesmaids dress. And the best thing is, this project is quite easy and doesn’t require a great deal of sewing expertise! Yay!

What you’ll need:

  • 3 different textures of Fabric in the same colour (I used a raw silk, cotton and tulle)
  • 1 ½ metres Ribbon
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors


Step 1

Take your fabrics and cut them into squares (3 inch x 3 inch is a good size).

Step 2

Stack together a few pieces of the same fabric and fold them in half and then in half again. Hold the square at the fold and then cut the corner opposite the fold into a round/curve shape. Open the fabrics to find round cornered pieces of fabric.

Step 3

Place two squares of different fabrics on top of each other and pinch at the center to form a flower. Twist the end of your flower bud and lay it onto your ribbon.

Step 4

Starting at the centre of your piece of ribbon, sew the flower bud on making sure you catch both pieces of fabric. 

Step 5

Working in one direction, continue to create your flower buds and attach them to your ribbon. The number of flowers you need depends on how thick, or thin, your ribbon is and how wide you’d like your detail. For mine, I needed two rows of flower buds, sitting side by side. Don’t forget you can always go back and add more flowers later if you like.

Step 6

Try on your belt and trim the ribbon at the back depending on the size of bow you would like. Remember that because we began attaching the flowers at the centre of the ribbon your ruffle should sit off-centred.

This would make a great project to do with all your bridemaids. You can even make a small one as a hairband for your flower girls. They look so beautiful, nobody will believe you made it yourself.

Photography by Ms Lace / Bouquet by Bouquet Boutique

Ms Gingham says: Lovely tutorial by our own Ms Lace to add the finishing touch onto your gown. I’m even thinking it would be good to try as corsages.

About Ms Lace: A Brisbane girl who writes the inspiring wedding blog, Chasing Rainbows Kissing Frogs which showcases ideas, vendors and weddings from around the world. Having lived everywhere from Paris to Beirut and Saudi Arabia, the only language Ms Lace is fluent in is weddings. “Weddings make me giddy!”

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