I can make that: simple belts for kids

One of the best innovations in kids' clothing has to be the button-covered elastic sewn into waistbands to make them invisibly adjustable. D has a few pairs of pants without this feature, and while the length is just about perfect, they fall off his waist within minutes' of wear. 

A good kid's belt is hard to find. Or rather, hard to pay for. Ralph Lauren and Janie & Jack both make adorable belts, but the prices are often higher than I spend on my own belts. Furthermore, they're usually designed to coordinate with very specific outfits, so they don't often mix well with the rest of a child's wardrobe. 

Wide ribbon is great for a snug belt fit, and you can use the leftovers for wrapping gifts.

Wide ribbon is great for a snug belt fit, and you can use the leftovers for wrapping gifts.

It turns out that all you really need for a belt is two D rings, some ribbon, and some thread. Martha Stewart has a simple grossgrain ribbon pattern that you can make without a sewing machine. If you're up for coordinating outfits, you can use the same pattern to make bracelets. If you have access to a sewing machine, I recommend adding one additional step to Martha's pattern. After you have sewn along the folded edge of your ribbon, add a strip of quilting batting to make your belt a little thicker. This will help the belt fit more snugly into the belt loops. Making a wider belt will also help: instead of folding the ribbon, consider using two contrasting pieces of ribbon and 1.5" D rings. 

Reversible belt: two pieces of ribbon sandwich a strip of interfacing so that the belt will hold its shape. 

Reversible belt: two pieces of ribbon sandwich a strip of interfacing so that the belt will hold its shape. 

And you're done! 

With pants secured, the kiddo can get back to making pretend waffles.

With pants secured, the kiddo can get back to making pretend waffles.

You don't need to stop at ribbon; you can make a belt of out any material that will fit through a belt loop. Braided yarn, seasonal fabrics, and beads could all make fun belts. Fabric belts require a little more work, but you can find a great tutorial at Pretty Prudent that will help you make adorable seasonal belts.