The use of homemade belts gained favor in the times of early mankind when they held clothing in place and also provided a practical service by temporarily storing tools and weapons to allow the wearer to keep both hands free. Over time, the belt developed from being just a useful clothing accessory to also becoming a fashion statement and nowadays belts come in all shapes and sizes; sometimes belts are simply worn for accessorizing with other clothes while at other times they incorporate certain features that allow them to be useful for those engaged in a variety of trades. If you are looking for a stylish fashion accessory that reflects your distinctive personality and taste, why not follow a few simple steps and create your own perfect homemade belt and craft it to fit any occasion?
Items you will need
- Measuring tape
- Notepad and pencil
- Felt (big enough to cover waist circumference + two inches)
- Fabric scissors
- Decorations such as sequins, buttons, rhinestones, and foam shapes
- Fabric glue
- Self-stick hook and loop tape
Measure your waist using the measuring tape. Keep the tape lose enough to fit your index finger between tape and skin. This ensures that the belt can be worn even if you are planning on tucking in a blouse or shirt.
Write down the waist measurement on the notepad and add two inches. This is the circumference of the homemade belt.
Draft a sketch of what the finished belt will look like with respect to decorations.
Decide on the width of the belt. A standard measurement is three inches, but depending on your use for the belt you may want to make it wider.
Measure the felt and use the pencil to indicate the needed length and width of the homemade belt. You now have an oblong figure drawn on the felt.
Pick up the scissors and, holding on to the material carefully, cut out the strip of felt you have measured.
Choose one end and trim it into a triangle. This portion is the end.
Turn over your length of felt and place the self-stick hook and loop tape close to the pointed end of the belt. Ensure that both pieces match perfectly before removing the self-stick tape and pressing the pieces into place.
Decorate the length of the homemade belt with rhinestones, sequins, buttons and foam shapes by simply gluing them on with the fabric glue.
Wait until the glue has dried and gently wiggle each of the decorations you have added to the felt. When you are satisfied that each one is securely attached, you are ready to wear your homemade belt!
Are you unsure about the three inch width? Make your belt wider by measuring out a six inch width to start out with and after cutting out the felt, place it around your waste for good measure. If it is too wide, trim it down by two inches. Continue cutting away until you have found that perfect belt width for your needs. Consider using embossed felt instead of regular felt. This starts you off with an already patterned background for the homemade belt to which you can add your embellishments. Experiment with decorative edge scissors to make crinkle cuts and other shapes when cutting out the felt. This adds to the allure of the finished belt. Try using decorations for your homemade belt that require sewing. This adds texture to the belt and offers you the opportunity to contrast the color of the embellishment with the color of the thread. Use a dab of fabric glue when sewing on ornaments to ensure that they are secured to the felt and will not get caught on the fabric of your clothes and cause damage either to the clothes or the homemade belt.
Plan on making this a craft project for the longer summer vacation months; kids will love to make their own belts in this manner!
Beads are a great decoration for a homemade belt, but since they are rounded and usually stick out a bit they tend to get caught on things and rip off. Use them sparingly, if at all.