A couple years ago I went through the difficult search for snow pants that fit me. By the way, I couldn’t be more average in size. Seriously, I can never get the super duper clearance sales because it’s always the odd sizes. On the flip side, I can buy a size 8 off eBay and wear it perfectly. So why are snow pants either ridiculously big or won’t button? Sigh.
So when I finally found a pair that fit they were purple (okay I can live with that) and $100. One hundred dollar snow pants means I’ve got these babies for a looong time. Now the bittersweet snow pants update of 2014 is that apparently I’ve lost some weight and they are a little big.
Since there was no way I’d replace them, I simply made a belt. Wait, did I say simply? Let me confess; I’m a closet cross stitcher. I have been doing it since I was a kid and now I make my own cross stitch patterns. (More on that on 2014). So before I went and made any belt, I created a snow sport cross stitch sampler.
How to Make a DIY D-Ring Belt
- Measure the inside space of your belt loop to determine the finished width of your belt. Add 1/2″. Then put on your (snow) pants and run your measuring tape through the loops. Add 7″ to the measurement of your waist with your pants on.
- Cut 2 pieces of material the the W X L from your measurements in step 1. If you’re doing a cross stitch belt, use aida cloth for one side. I used a leftover piece of piping canvas from my couch reupholster project. Feel free to upcycle old jeans or other clothing!
- At this point, proceed to cross stitch your pattern. Check back for further instructions in a week or so when you’re done.
- (Welcome back, cross stitchers) Line up the 2 strips of material with the patterns facing each other. Sew down each long side. Be sure to reinforce the stitching at each end.
- Now, turn your belt inside-right, so that the print or cross stitch is on the outside and the sewed edges are hidden inside.
- Hem the end where the D rings are going. Now fold the end through and around the D rings and sew. I highly recommend using a zipper foot on your sewing machine, if you have one.
- Last, on the opposite end, you can either fold the end over twice and sew. Or, if that if impossibly thick to sew through, wrap a piece of scrap leather of some other durable fabric over the end.
Snow Sport Cross Stitch Sampler
1. I purchased a yard of aida cloth at Hobby Lobby. Be sure to get your 40% coupon first! I bought 16 count cloth.
2. I spaced out my objects with 9 squares between each.
3. I used purple to match my snow pants. Doing the skis, ski poles (2x) and snowboard I used an entire thing of purple embroidery floss.
4. The Snow Sport Sampler is available for purchase for $5
This includes ALL 6 designs – skis, ski poles, sled, snow shoes, snowboard and snowflake.