Easy Thrift Flip Idea: Upcycled Fabric Belt

5 Materials
20 Minutes

I’m wearing a jumpsuit, and I popped on a belt that I wanted to wear with it, but it looked gross.

So today, with this DIY belt tutorial, we’re going to fix this peeling faux leather belt and make it wearable once again!

Tools and materials:

  • Faux leather belt
  • Fabric 
  • Seam ripper
  • Sewing machine
  • Glue gun

For this quick and easy project, all you need is your peeling and damaged faux leather belt plus whatever kind of fabric you want to use to re-cover it.

You can use anything as long as it is long enough to cover the entire length of the belt. I am going to be using a long strip of frayed denim.

Removing buckle

1. Remove the buckle

First, remove the belt buckle using a seam ripper

Attaching fabric

2. Attach the fabric

To attach the fabric to the belt, lie the fabric on top of the belt and stitch it down.

Because I have a really long roll of fabric, when I get to the end, I am going to fold it over and stitch the next layer down.

If you have separate pieces of fabric, then just cut them into strips and sew them on one at a time.

Attaching fabric

The back of the belt was actually okay, it wasn't peeling or fraying at all. So I just went a little bit down from the end of the belt to start the wraps.

Attaching fabric to buckle

3. Attach fabric to buckle

Wrap the fabric around, grab your glue gun, and glue down each section as you go.

Attaching buckle back onto belt

4. Attach buckle back onto belt

Reattach the buckle to the belt and then either hand stitch or machine stitch the belt back together.

DIY belt

DIY belt

Here is the finished belt. I had never tried this DIY before, but I am thrilled with the result. It came out looking exactly like it did in my brain, which is fabulous!

I have three cool frayed denim bands going all the way down my belt, and I think it looks fun and trendy.

This is a great refashion project that you can do to transform an old, raggedy belt into something that you can actually wear.

Save your belt from going in the trash by repurposing it just like I did!

Let me know how you get on in the comments and check out my post on How to DIY a Cozy Granny Square Scarf.

Suggested materials:
  • Faux leather belt
  • Fabric
  • Seam ripper
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