My favorite part of the Kyoto Coat that I designed for the 2010 Crochet Guild of America design competition, was the crazy quilt style sash. Ever since it won the grand prize, I wanted to design a woman's belt inspired by the Kyoto Coat.
I suggest shopping for fabrics with a color in mind. First, choose a print that you love, then choose 4 or 5 more that complement it. For the belt shown, I chose mostly cotton fabrics, but you may choose any medium weight fabric that can tolerate a moderate iron setting. Don't be afraid to use the back side of fabrics as well. I used the back side of 2 of the fabrics I chose for this belt.
Some patience will be required when outlining the fabric sections with crocheted chains, but if you are diligent, it will really pay off, as it is this detail that really makes the belt.
Gauge is not critical for this project.