DIY Fashion Belt - Shopping My Stash

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I'm tired of running to the craft stores. Maybe it's the lazy, hazy days of summer but I'm just tired of looking and not being inspired by what I see.

Lately, I've been shopping my house and using what I find to make a few projects. I came across some left over pleather from when I made a no-sew clutch and a necklace here. I thought it would be so easy to make a fashion belt out of the scraps.

Here's how:

First, you need to make a sturdy cardboard template of the design. I wanted something bold and loopy . . . taking me back to the '70's when wide belts were cool.

The pattern needs to be even when folded and the center tapered.

Measure the length of the template and the waist size needed. Draw your pattern on the back of the pleather, estimating the number needed for the length of belt. I wanted this belt to be loose and drapey so I drew 20 total. Oh, I have no waistline!

And then cut them out.

Before I put the belt buckle on, I tested putting the loops together first to see how they fit. I found that I needed to glue down the loops for a neater look when putting the belt together.

Next, I made a small slit in the center of the fabric and inserted the buckle. Easy, peasy!

I would have liked to use a large or fancy buckle but this is all I had available.

From there it was quite simple to put the belt together by using tacky glue on each loop. After adding several loops, try it on to see the fit.

Once at the end loop just insert that into the buckle for closure. No holes, so effortless, right!

Do you like?

Now, if I could just find my bell bottoms!

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Gail@Purple Hues and Me
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  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 18, 2021

    Hi Gail, Doesn't matter how old a design is, if it is great design it will never go out of style. I remember belts like yours in different sizes and colors. Yours came out lovely and thank you for sharing how you made it :)👍️

  • Gail@Purple Hues and Me Gail@Purple Hues and Me on Jun 18, 2021

    You are quite welcome! And it's so sweet of you to say, Leslie, and thanks!

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