How to Make a Belt

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    Make a Belt

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    Moon Bloodgood rocks a belt. Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

    Fashionable belts can be made out of any fabric you have at home. If you know how to make a belt, then your potential for style options never ends.

    What You'll Need

    Once you have all your materials, we can get started.

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    Measure and Cut Fabric

    Make a Belt
    Make a Belt. Rain Blanken

    For this belt, measure around the part of your waist where the belt will be worn. Some people like to wear belts on their waist, while others like to wear theirs at the hip. Be sure to measure where you will be wearing the belt.

    Add 5" to the waist measurement.

    How thick do you want the belt? Try 1" for a skinny belt, or 4" for a fat belt. Keep in mind that thicker belts won't fit through pant loops. Add 1" to the width of your belt for seam allowance.

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    Fold and Stitch the Ends

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    Fold in the edges and stitch. Rain Blanken

    Fold in the ends of the belt a 1/2" and press with your iron. Before you press, test a small portion of the fabric to be sure that the fabric you are using won't burn under the iron.

    For fabrics that may be sensitive to heat (synthetic fibers like vinyls and plastics) try laying a clean towel between the iron and the fabric while you press.

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    Fold in the Bottom, Press and Sew

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    Topstitch both the bottom and top of the belt. Rain Blanken

    Fold up the bottom of the belt a 1/2" on each edge and press.

    Top stitch the bottom together an 1/8" from the edge. For a finished look, press and top stitch along the top of the belt as well.

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    Attach the Buckle

    How to Make a Belt
    Fold fabric over the middle of the belt and stitch. Rain Blanken

    A large variety of belt buckles can be readily found at your local craft store, or you could use a buckle from an old belt that has seen better days.

    For this particular belt, we are using a buckle that does not require holes in the belt. If you want holes in your belt, simply use a grommet punch to add holes.

    Fold over the end of the belt material around the middle rung of the belt and stitch in place. Back-stitch and tie off the edges of string to ensure that this stitch does not come undone.

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    Tips for Making a Belt

    Moon Bloodgood
    Bold belts can change an outfit. Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

    A belt can add a bold statement or just hold up your pants.

    • Use a brightly colored belt with a black or white outfit of an interesting or smooth texture.
    • Pair a patterned belt with muted solids.
    • If you are adding grommet holes, measure so that they are evenly spaced.