How to DIY a Cute Denim Corset Belt

Made By April
by Made By April
11 Materials
45 Minutes

Don’t throw away your ripped or dated jeans! I made a denim corset belt out of leftover jeans and the result is a unique piece that will upgrade your wardrobe.

Follow along to learn how to make a corset belt of your own.

Tools and materials:

  • Leftover jeans
  • Seam ripper
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Measuring tool
  • Hole puncher belt tool
  • Eyelet and grommet pieces
  • Eyelet setting plier
  • Black laces (cord)

1. Un-sew!

With a leg piece from leftover jeans, use a seam ripper to take out the seams, creating a flat piece of denim. Start with a piece like this:

Once you’ve opened the seams, you two pieces:

Two pieces

2. Straighten the edges

Cut off the raw edges all around both pieces, making them straight.


3. Fold

Taking one of the pieces, fold it in half down the vertical.


Next, open that up and fold each of the halves inward, flipping back the area that once had a seam, like this:

Progress shot

4. Sketch curves and sew

To give shape to the belt, trace curved lines with tailor’s chalk on either end of this folded up denim piece.

Sketching curves

It should look like this:

Progress shot

Pin in place and then sew along the sketched curves.


After sewing the curves, your fabric should look like this:

Progress shot

5. Sew the ends

Next, pin down the flaps at the end and sew them down on your sewing machine.

Where to sew


Here is our progress so far:

Progress shot

6. Fray the edges

Using your seam rippers and your hands, pull at the long edges of the denim to tease out the fibers, creating a fray above the seam that you sewed.

Fraying edges

Here is the piece, after fraying it:

Progress shot

7. Mark and punch the holes

Using tailor’s chalk and a measuring tool, mark where you want the holes for the laces.

See the video at 2:08 -2:22 to see how I marked mine. 

Marking holes

Then, align a hole puncher belt tool above each mark and squeeze with both hands to make the holes. 

Punching holes

8. Insert eyelets and grommets

Place the eyelets in each hole. 

Adding eyelets and grommets

Then secure them with grommets using an eyelet setting plier.

Adding eyelets and grommets

9. Thread the cord

Thread the cord through the holes and your DIY corset belt is complete!

DIY denim corset belt

Here’s the final look of this corset belt DIY:

DIY denim corset belt

DIY denim corset belt

I hope you loved this step by step tutorial for how to make a corset belt. Show us your denim corset belt looks in the comments below!

For more DIY content, check out my post on How to DIY a Mini Wrap Dress from Old Pants.

Suggested materials:
  • Leftover jeans
  • Seam ripper
  • Fabric scissors
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