How to Make a Japanese Obi Belt

The crisis feels undeniable. But you would have a lot of desire to show off something new: an accessory, a dress … What then, you know, is also good for your mood! This article will teach you to sew a BELT OBI, the belt from Japanese Kimono!

Some people think that sewing is something to shriveled old ladies who live in the mountains. And there are those who immagin Coco Chanel closed in his laboratory to design garments that have made ​​history. As always, it is the middle way to win: concentrate on tailoring DIY is a great way not only to test their creativity but also to vent their passion for clothes. Ah, last but not least: you save lots of money!

I started to sew 4 years ago, more or less by chance. In college and I worked part time: I did not have much money but I would have liked to show off some new clothes more often.

One day in a supermarket I saw a sewing machine very economical (there are models “for domestic use” even at € 75/100) and decided that would be my birthday present. And, from there, love. Taaaanto love!

Anyway, today I have decided to present a simple project but effective: that of ‘ OBI BELT .
The Obi is traditionally used to close the Kimono with the dual function of belt and squeeze life: a versatile accessory that comes in handy at all (those who feel satisfied with their waist raise your hand)! There are several models and realize the most simple is really within reach of anyone.

We begin by giving a bit ‘of numbers: my Obi consists of 3 parts. The side part begins low and is highest at the center, so as to emphasize the waist with decision. The two side bands are narrower and the central long, for they can be comfortably looping. Here a bad summary schemino:

The measures are indicative: you can make even longer sides (in case you want to close them by making a bow and not a simple knot) and the whole thing could definitely be higher!  And now, go!

We take the stuff with which we intend to realize the belt, meter, ruler and square, pins and scissors.

First, we must cut the side strips of the length and height desired. We take ruler and square, and let’s do!!

Warning: the fabric is not always straight! To help “put a team” and avoid the trouble, I suggest you make a small incision in the selvage (the side: the identified because it is woven differently and there are often written), near the top and bottom edge.

So, take a thread and pull: pulling off, leave you in a rut fabric which can be used as a path for cutting.
At this point, we draw and cut the middle part, of double cloth (so the two halves are identical!): We start from a height equal to half of that of the side and we increase strips.

Fold in half the side bands and sew along the long side, at about 3-4 mm from the edge (the grooves on the plate of the sewing machine help us to go straight).

Revolt at the two fabric tubes: we put a safety pin to one end and pushing it, let’s re-emergence from the opposite! Right against right, even we sew the long edges of the central band. The two “holes” left and right. They stay open  now assemble the 3 sides: fold inward the open edges of the central strip (about 1 cm) so that ragged parts are not seen. We take a side band and infiliamola for about 1 cm in the right hole.  We do the same with the “hole” left.

We pin all with a couple of pins and sew with a straight stitch.

We are almost there! Muniamoci of iron and spend our Obi, opening it up for good.

To make sure you do not have to repeat the operation at any future cleaning (but also to reinforce it!) Impunturiamolo: when well open, we fix all sides with some needle and sew with a straight stitch wide enough.

That’s how it should look:

And here it is worn: what do you think? I also realized I have a variant in black!