I, like many crafters, collect things. Buttons, scraps, beads etc etc. So when my little sister said she was going to buy some sort of belt for the Summer Ball I asked what sort of thing she was thinking and we collaborated to create a belt buckle design for her.
First I sewed a layer of net to both sides of a felt shape using just running stitch and whip stitch.
Then I sewed on bugle and seed beads (individually was easiest!) And satin stitched the ends with metallic thread.
Then came various buttons to fill in the remaining space
On the back I surrounded corsetry steel with more net and then used that net to sew it to the back. I added two buckles so that it can be put onto a belt.
Et voila! A belt that is inspired by and matches my sisters handbag. Money spent: £0.00.
...She'll probably kill me for putting this in but this is the only picture at the ball that shows the belt! This is past the midnight marker so not so flattering!