November 14, 2011

Gifts for Guys - Big Boy Belts

First of all, I wanted to thank you guys for your kind, thoughtful, uplifting comments on my post yesterday.  When you share something personal you kind of feel vulnerable and nervous.  Thank you for letting me share so much with you.  I feel so lucky to have such incredible readers.

This post is a part of the "Gifts for Guys" series at Kojo Designs today.  

I wanted to think of something my boys would want and not just something I want for them.  My boys think anything "big boys" do is super cool and that includes belts.  Rex has been begging to wear belts, but they are too tricky for him to get on and off himself.  So, I made him a Big Boy Belt that he can handle on his own.

There's one ring and the belt goes through it and then folds over on itself.  It uses velcro, so it's super easy for him to take on and off.  The strap can even velcro right over the loop when closing it.  No need to fuss with lacing it through the loops there.  And, it will not only fit him now, but he could grow three inches and it'll still work.

So here's the low down.  I bought all the following supplies from Hobby Lobby.  The belt material is about $1.20 a yard and a yard was a lot more than I needed for these little guys.  I also bought velcro to match and then these rings.  They are by the D rings in the store, but they are rectangular.  They were $2 something, but there were four in the pack.  They were exactly what I needed and I was excited to find them.

To begin, I zigzag stitched the end of the belt because this stuff frays like crazy.  I go back and forth a couple times to really finish off the end.

I wrapped the belt around the loop and sewed the loop down as shown.

Next I measured my son's waist.  I like to make sure to measure it with pants on, since that's how the belt will be used.  That way I don't make it too small.  I made a mark for myself right where my thumb is.... I could stitch on about 4.5 inches of velcro on one and side and then sew the other side of the velcro on the other side of it.  

That way the belt goes through the loop...

...and closes over itself.  Then I cut the belt off a quarter inch after the last piece of velcro and zigzag stitched the end.

Now, I wanted to make the belts extra cool, so I did a little freezer paper stenciling.  If you haven't tried freezer paper stenciling, you can find my video tutorial of it HERE.  (You could also sew a cool ribbon over the top of the belt if you had a fun one.)  I cut out bat signs and ironed the paper onto the belt.  I did numbers on the other belt.

Usually I use regular fabric and paint and brush it on, but this time I tried something different.  I used my 3-D paint that squirts out.  (They used to call it puffy paint.)  I squirted it out as I moved the nozzle back and forth quickly (as if I were coloring something in with a marker).  I removed the stencil really carefully while it was still wet.  You'd think it wouldn't work, but the paint is pretty thick so it doesn't bleed.  It worked well and it gives the images a fun 3-D look.

And there you have it.  The belts ended up costing a little over $2 each.  You can personalize them and best of all your little guys can take them on and off all by themselves when that urgent potty time arrives.

And that's the end.

Thanks for dropping in.


  1. I loooooooove this belt. The kidos won't wear belts because it's too complicated. You cut out the fuss and made it cutie too! Love it. I'll be ordering one for everyone for Christmas please.

  2. Thanks for the tutorial, is a great idea! I have 2 boys too :)



  3. Thank you soooo much for that tutorial. My son loves batman and belts, and his 4th b-day is next week. I now have a neat and inexpensive present to make for him that he'll definitely love.

  4. I think this is a great idea. Have you thought of or tried fray-check for the ends of the webbing?

  5. One of the sentences I repeat to my bum-less boy is "Your buns/underwear are/is showing off!" That child's anatomy refuses to keep any kind of pants up, but his fingers and patience aren't ready for a belt with a traditional buckle yet. Thank you SO MUCH for the idea!

  6. Great tutorial Cheri, I featured it here:

  7. Will definitely be making some of these and not just for my boys! My girls will use them too! With 5 boys in the house you can never have enough belts! :) thanks A MILLION times for this tutorial!

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