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DIY Cross Stitch Ski Belt

Snow Sport Cross stitch belt for snow pantsA 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

How to make a DIY ski belt

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. At this point, proceed to cross stitch your pattern. Check back for further instructions in a week or so when you’re done.
  4. (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.
  5. Now, turn your belt inside-right, so that the print or cross stitch is on the outside and the sewed edges are hidden inside.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

DIY ski belt on snow pants

Snow Sport Cross Stitch Sampler

Cross Stitch snow sport sampler patternIf you’re interested in making this snow sport belt for your snow pants, here are a few tips…

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.

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I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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2 Responses to DIY Cross Stitch Ski Belt

  1. Lucy Schmidt January 31, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Cross-stitch is one of the many things I used to do. The way things are going with trying to get control of all the stuff I have stashed away for possible future use, I’d probably take the easy way out and wear one of the many belts I have in the donate box–tee hee! Nice job. It’s definitely not something you’re going to see on many people, which is always a good feeling, especially when you’ve made it yourself.

  2. Veronica February 3, 2014 at 12:47 am #

    Hey Eve,
    Amazing post.Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.I loved it!! Keep it up.

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