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4 Belt Styles that are a Cinch to Make

If you have all the materials at hand, you can make one of these four belt styles in less than an hour.
Covered belt and belt-backing detail
Embellished ribbon belt
If you have all the materials at hand, you can make one of these four belt styles in less than an hour.

If you have all the materials at hand, you can make one of these four belt styles in less than an hour.

by Joyce Murphy
from Threads #118, pp. 57-59

Buckled up, tied on, or slung low on the hips, belts do much more these days than just hold up pants. Once again a front-and-center accessory, a soft, decorative belt instantly updates a jacket, coat, or sweater, and also pairs beautifully with a dress.

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As much as I love how a belt completes an outfit, I more than appreciate that belts are so easy to make. Measuring your waist is the only fitting involved, and the sewing couldn't be more straightforward. In fact, if you have all the materials at hand, one of the four belt styles below could encircle you in less than an hour.

Four belts
For fashion at the waist, try a softly supported trench-style, webbing, ribbon, or fabric-covered belt (shown from left to right).

There's a belt for every body.
If you've never thought of yourself as a belt person, I urge you to reconsider. A belt helps break up the body and focuses the eye on certain parts of a figure-and away from areas you don't want to highlight. If you are long and lean, try a thick or chunky belt and sling it around your hips to interrupt your long lines. If you fall within the petite category, opt for a thin, dainty belt and fasten it around your waist. If you have curves, choose a simple style, and loosely fasten it; angle it to train the eye along a diagonal or vertical line-instead of a horizontal one.

Think outside the loops. A belt is a small accessory that can have a big impact. I've provided a variety of design ideas and ways to use the hardware and findings on the market, but I encourage you to use these as jumping-off points. As with any design project, it's always good to have a plan, but you must also be open to new possibilities. So, if an amazing buckle or a fabulous piece of ribbon crosses your path, let it set the stage for your belt design. And most importantly, have fun dreaming up and constructing your own unique designs. Anything goes.

Ribbon belt

Layered ribbon

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Comments (3)

FirstDayCreations FirstDayCreations writes: Where did you get the clear plastic belt tip?
Posted: 11:26 am on June 14th

HappyGenny HappyGenny writes: Hiya! Very inspiring article. Thanks so much.

I think, perhaps, that there is a text mistake in the box containing the self-covered belt pic. (3rd yellow textbox from the bottom) The text seems to have been copied from the bow belt, above.

I noticed this because I was looking to see if you had any information on how to cover a buckle with fabric, as the sample has been.

Do you have, or know of, any info on how to do this?

Thanks again!
Posted: 3:07 am on March 4th

barleather barleather writes: check out . They supply fashion leathers to belt and handbag manufacturers. They are located in florida and ship all over the world
Posted: 8:25 pm on January 31st

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