How to make a bellydance belt from a super market tote bag :)

Ingredients: Desire. Inspiration. Imagination. Red velvet. Super market tote bag.
Level: Beginner. Way far from a professional seamstress! 🙂

Do you know those evenings when inspiration basically attacks you but you don’t have enough tools and materials to make your vision come true? It happens to me all the time! I have so many ideas in my mind right before I go to bed and most of the times I just think to myself that I’ll buy all the “ingredients” tomorrow and make it happen! However, the day after my muse leaves me and I put another idea of mine deep in my closet until the next time…

But not tonight! I opened my material box this evening and saw one piece of a beautiful red velvet material. I need a belt, said my mind. Who cares it’s 7pm, all the stores are closed and I don’t even have enough tools? Nobody does 🙂 Besides, I already have a nice bra from the same velvet, so I needed the belt right away. I mean, immediately! 🙂

The very first thing that I’ve done is pulled out the closet all my belts and realized I don’t have any belt that I can copy from. So I decided I’m going to draw one! It took me some time to create what I wanted. I kept trying my paper belt on and fixing it over and over. Finally I got what I needed!


Velvet is a very cranky material. I couldn’t just make a belt from it. I needed a foundation from another material, so my belt will stay better on my hips. However, as I told you before, I didn’t have everything what is needed for a real hip belt. But nothing could stopped me at this moment! 🙂 I spotted almost exactly the right material that I needed…


…a super market reusable tote bag! Oh thank you, Fresh and Easy!!! I’ll never forget it!

Here you go! 🙂 Here is a foundation for my new belt! I put my paper belt on the bag material and cut the shape I needed.


Here is my little piece of red velvet.


It worked!!! Yes! Let’s cut it and sew it on! Oh, hi Shnuki! 🙂

belt 5

Omg! I’m a genius 🙂 Everything worked out great! And I know it’s difficult to understand how great it turned out from this picture, but trust me! I tried it on and it’s exactly the right shape!


Of course it’s only the beginning and there is a lot of work that needs to be done before this belt sees the light! But I’m starting a creative process now with rhinestones, sequins and other fun things! The shape of the belt was the rough work. Now the fun begins!

And if you are wondering… Yes, it’s my first belt! (I saw my mother making belts, but I’ve never made one by myself) No, I’m not a seamstress. I’m just a bellydancer who had an inspiration attack one evening! 🙂

4 Responses

  1. Elizabeth Castillo

    It’s amazing what you can do when you set your mind to it. My daughter & I are working on a Morrocan design in our living room. We are painting the walls and my daughter made a stencil to draw a morrocan design on the wall. It’s fun to be creative!!

    • admin

      Family creative collaborations are the best! I’m sure it will be a very unique room 🙂 Don’t forget to share pictures when it’s done!

  2. Я так не играю, а где фото пояса на тебе???? А вообще ты молодчина, что не побоялась и не отложила на потом, обожаю такие рукоделки! Очень хочу посмотреть на конечный вариант!

    • admin

      А как ты себе картинку поставила на аву???!!! *первая реакция на комментарий* я знаю, что когда-то давно ты мне уже говорила, но я не помню как 🙁

      я не могла отложить на потом) я уже хотела в эту секунду!)))) поэтому в ход пошла сумка)))
      спасибо!!! как доделаю – покажу обязательно 🙂

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