Added Dec 3, 2011
Cedar City, Utah...
Let’s move onto the sewing and folding. There are so many ways to sew the fabric for a belt, but I’m going to show you my favorite way. To start, along one of the long lengthwise edges, press up 1/2 “. Now take your belt backing with the shiny side facing up and fold the fabric for the point at the end of the belt. Fold the fabric over the point by about 1 inch, then fold each side in on itself. Pin that in place if needed. Fold the unpressed lengthwise edge of the fabric over the belt backing and then fold the pressed lengthwise edge over that and pin in place as you go down the belt all the way to the end. You should have about 1″ hang off of fabric at the end. Next slip-stitch all these folds in place.
Now, I’m not going to lie and say this doesn’t take a little bit of time, because it does. But really not much. There’s a few things that I like about this method though. This method works especially well for fabrics that are fray crazy – like silk and wool. With this method, the back seam isn’t so bulky and eyelets go in a little easier and better. This method also allows you to control how tight the fabric is around the belt backing and sometimes when you do it by machine, the fabric is tight in some sections and not in others and makes the belting material go wonky.