From one of the outside edges of your paper, draw a straight line that is X + .25 inches long. (The extra quarter of an inch is to accommodate the seam allowance.) Working at the end of your line that is flush with the edge of your paper, make a set of marks that are Y + .5 inches apart centered on either side of your line. At the other end of your line, center a set of marks that are 1.5 inches apart. Now, carefully connect the top two marks you just made, tapering the connecting line gradually so there is a nice curve, as depicted below. Repeat with the bottom marks, so that your shape looks a bit like a baseball bat when you’re done. Cut out your shape. You now have your pattern!
step 2 / Fold one of your belt tie pieces in half lengthwise. Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch up one of the short sides and the long side, leaving the remaining short side unstitched. Clip your corners. Use your corner-turning tool (or chopstick) to help push out those seams and corners as you turn your tube right-side out. Press your piece flat. Starting at the unstitched edge of one of your long sides, edgestitch down this long side, pivot and edgestitch at the finished short end, and then pivot again and edgestitch along the remaining long side. Repeat with the other belt tie piece. Set your finished tie pieces aside for now.
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.