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No-sew Accessories out of Detachable Waist-ties Tutorial

Waist ties are great, for some people. They can be a blessing if your dress or skirt is too big without them, or just add a cute extra bit of flair to your finished look. But if you’re like me and find waist-ties to be more hassle than they’re worth, never wear them, and regard them as something to carefully tuck away in your closet in case you ever want to resell that dress or skirt- then this tutorial might be for you. I got fed up with my waist ties just lying around, but didn’t want to damage them in any way, and came up with this quick and easy way to turn them into temporary accessories.





Bow Brooch

Supplies Needed:
*Detachable waist tie
*Ribbon
* Thread (optional)
*Needle (optional)
*Safety pin (optional)
*Brooch pin (optional)


Step 1: Fold your waist tie over and over again until you are left with a neat little rectangle. Be careful to not allow any of the back fabric to be seen from the front- this might take a couple tries of tucking and folding until you get it just right.










Step 2: Pinch the bow in the middle and loop a small piece of ribbon around the pinched spot.






Step 3: There are a few ways you can secure the ribbon in the back but I’ve found the easiest are to either sew it firmly in place onto itself (make sure you’re not sewing into the fabric of your waist tie) or just tie it in a not.


Step 4: Now you need to come up with a way to attach it to yourself. You can sew on an actual brooch style pin backing, or just stick a safety pin between the waist tie fabric and the ribbon in the back of the bow.


Done! Now you can clip it onto your purse, your blouse, your skirt, or even wear it like a bow tie. A week or 3 years later, if you ever want that waist tie back all you need to do is untie your ribbon (or carefully cut away your stitches if you sewed it) and give your waist tie a quick ironing or steaming to get the wrinkles out and it’s good as new.




Headband with a Bow

Supplies Needed:
*Detachable waist tie
*Headband
*Ribbon
*Thread
*Needle (optional)


Step 1: Fold the center of your waist tie into a rectangle, leaving a ‘tail’ of extra fabric on each side.




Step 2: Place the rectangle portion on a plain headband in the spot you’d like the bow to be.


Step 3: Make the bow by pinching the rectangle in the center and looping a small piece of ribbon around the pinched portion.


Step 4: Secure the bow into place by either tying the ribbon in a knot onto the headband, or you can sew the ribbon onto itself (careful not to sew into the waist tie fabric itself) to hold it firmly in place.






Step 5: Wrap the extra ‘tails’ of waist tie fabric around each side of the headband. You want to do this in a way so that it is not too lumpy, and it might involve a bit of twisting and overlapping as you go.


Step 6: Use thread to further smooth out the fabric covering the headband and hold it securely in place. You’re not actually sewing with the thread, just tie it in a knot near the base of one side of the bow, loop it around the headband over and over again while working down to the bottom and then tie it in a knot when you reach the end. Do this again for the other side of the headband.


Done! Now you’re ready to wear your matching headband. It’s not the prettiest thing in the world when it’s just lying there, but unless you have super short hair, then the bottom parts that don’t look as attractive won’t actually be visible when it is worn. This can also easily be taken apart and ironed or steamed whenever you want your waist tie back again.




A couple worn pictures of them in action:


TLDR? Here's the quick and basic versions:




I'm happy to answer any questions, hear any feedback, or see your own no sew accessories you guys have made either inspired by this tutorial or otherwise :)
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