E is a skinny toddler. I mean, not freakishly so, but she's a slender, tall, string bean of a child. Her pants fall down. Sometimes even off. (One day, at daycare, apparently her pants fell down around her ankles while she played and she didn't even notice.)
So what's a mama to do? I purposely seek out slender brands and styles of pants. Some of her pants have adjustable waistbands. Then there are the pants that have decorative drawstrings. How cruel is that? Here I am thinking I'll be able to hike up her pants and tie that drawstring to keep them there but no. (And then a mama friend mentioned it was because of strangulation hazards. Oops.)
So one day I saw some toddler belts on one of those baby deal-a-day websites and had the presence of mind to realize that duh I could make one, before I clicked that "buy" button.
And that's what I did! My only complaint is that the ribbon isn't double sided and I didn't sew on any backing so if it falls in a certain way you only see the back of it in all its thready glory. Still! For the cost of under a yard of cute fishy ribbon and a package of four little belt loops (I can make another!) I have a cute, custom made belt for my girl!
I bought, I believe, 2/3 (maybe 3/4?) of a yard of 1 inch wide ribbon and a package of 1 inch wide belt loop thingies.
Then I hemmed one end, wrapped the other around two of the metal loops and sewed it shut.
Voila! Toddler belt! It took all of about 5 minutes and was so easy and spur of the moment I'm not even counting it as a finished sewing project for my 8 in 2013, though technically I suppose it is a finished sewing project...
And of course now that she's got a belt to wear, she seems to have grown and doesn't need it as much... Ah, well. It will fit for a while! Those 4T pants are coming right up and I'm sure they'll fall down too without some added assistance.