I've been in need of some new belts for a long time now and finally got around to making some!
I've been down to my last one, which is now perilously close to breaking..
And have been saving my old belts so I can use the buckles and perhaps the leather for another project!
So I went to work using first this tutorial that I found on Elegant Musings.
I used an old buckle, fabric from one of my girls dresses (I'd already used some of the dress to make an apron) and tried out a packet of eyelets for the first time - which I bought a while ago and still hadn't opened!
Here's how my first belt turned out..
What do you think?
The tutorial was nice and easy to follow. I used buckram instead of belting (as I had none). I just cut it to the size I wanted and it seemed to work fine! It was tricky (as the tutorial said) to slide the buckram into the tube once made - but I got there in the end!
I also added a small loop around the belt to tuck the end into.
The next belt I made was a reversible one using this tutorial from Tarilyn's Show 'n Tell.
This was a lovely easy tutorial to follow. Again I used buckram instead of the interfacing which worked fine.
Here's the belt:
The patterned side.....
And the plain side...
Finally I made a patchwork belt using this tutorial from Creative Little Daisy.
Another lovely simple tutorial to follow. This one uses ribbon on the back of the belt.
I'm really pleased with my 3 new belts. They were nice and straightforward to make and now I have a choice of colour to match my outfits when I wear my jeans!
I have a little leather left over from my old belts, (I had to throw a lot of the leather out as it was too worn) and a couple of buckles, perhaps for some more belts - or another project?
I found some AMAZING ideas of what to make from old belts here.
Everything you can imagine and so much more - from jewellery, to flooring, chairs, napkin rings and a bookshelf!! Do go and take a look here!
I also found some belts made from old bike inner tubes, and also from men's neckties! Maybe I'll give those a try!
As always there are some great upcycling ideas out there.
Have you ever made anything from old belts? Or made your own belts?
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