*For the past couple runDisney events I’ve borrowed my roommates spi-belt (I think that’s what it’s called).
Well, I got married, had a baby, and moved out of the apartment. So no more roommate to borrow stuff from. We’re still friends obviously, but she can’t find her 2nd belt for me to borrow!
Option 1 – go to the runDisney expo and buy one for myself
Option 2 – make one!
If you know me, the only option is always ‘make one!’
WARNING – this was not easy! I found some directions online, but they really didn’t make any sense. So I just fumbled my way thru this. If you give it a try, be patient! 🙂
* fabric (I suggest cutting up an old race shirt). All I had lying around the house was an old polo shirt. Not the worlds greatest fabric, but I was too lazy to run to Joann.
* 8″ zipper
* a clippy thing (I cut this one off of a suitcase!
ALL FREE! (well, I had all this stuff lying around the house)
Cut 2 squares of fabric. One square 8X8″ and the other 6X6″.
Sew the zipper on the 8″ square. My favorite zipper tutorial is from Dana Made It.
Step 3: Take that 6″ square and hem 2 of he sides.
Step 4: Put your elastic thru the 6″ square. Just a tiny tip should be sticking out of one side. Fold one side on to the elastic, then fold the other side over. You’ve made an elastic sandwich!
Step 5: Sew the side where the elastic tip is sticking out.
Step 6: Here’s the tricky part. We need to put these 2 pieces together.
Step 7: I almost want to say, “figure it out on your own!” because this wasn’t easy of obvious. I turned everything inside out. I put the elastic piece inside the zipper piece.
Step 8: Then I smooshed it all together! I laid the sides down, then smooshed down the bubble. You’ll see it come together in the next step (I hope!)
Step 9: Ta da! The little flappy 6″ square is connected to the 8″ square.
Step 10: Once you’re 100% sure you’ve done it right (I had to seam rip this apart 2 times before I got it right!), trip the excess.
Step 11: Deal with the other end. Here’s where I was pretty stumped. I just made a tiny, super ghetto hem. “Pin and pray!” That’s always my theory. You can see how I folded each side to make it look small, but it will expand when you put stuff inside.
Step 12: Ghetto sew on the clips you ripped off some luggage and you’re done! (normally you’d want these pieces to be expandable. However, the elastic I had just slid right out of the clips, so I measured my waist and just sewed. As I lose some baby weight, I can undo it and sew it up again).