Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Make your own fabric belt in 5 steps and 15 minutes

Here's a super simple but very useful project that anyone can sew in just 5 steps and 15 minutes!

You will need fabric, buckram (or stiff interfacing) and a belt buckle. 

Step 1
Measure your waist or hips - depending where you want the belt to sit.  Add 20cm (8") to this measurement. This is the length of your belt.
Then measure the width of the inside of your buckle. 
This is the width of your belt.

Cut your buckram or interfacing this length and width. 
(As an example, mine was 124 x 4cm (49 x 1.5"))
Cut your fabric 2.5cm (1") longer and three times wider than this.
(again for example, my fabric was 126.5 x 12cm (50 x 4.5"))

Step 2
Using an iron, press one of the short ends over by about 1cm (0.5")

Then press one of the long ends over by the same amount.

Step 3
Place the buckram or interfacing slighly below the centre of the belt fabric, with the end tucked into the pressed folded end.

Then fold the bottom raw edge up over the buckram or interfacing..

And fold the top down so the folded end is just reaching the other long edge. (You may need to adjust the lower edge a little to make it fit just right.)

Fold and pin along the entire length of the belt - leaving the other end open.

Step 4
Stitch close to the edge along the sealed narrow end and both long edges of the belt.

Step 5
Loop the open end of your belt through your belt loop like this:

Then fold the raw edge over, then over again over the belt loop and pin into place.

Stitch to secure:

All done! 

Now try your belt on and admire your work!

For the downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.

If you liked this tutorial - there are more in this series of 

You can find these and many other sewing projects for the more confident sewer on my tutorials page.

I will be linking this project to some of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons can be found on the bottom of this page, and whose direct links can also be found on my linky party page.


  1. That is one super cool belt. Thanks for taking the time to do a tutorial.

  2. Surprisingly easy, but I had never thought to do this with interesting fabric. Thanks!

    1. Thanks Jenni! Hope you have fun making some interesting belts!

  3. Very cute! I love how colorful it is!

  4. Love the fabric! I'll be pinning this!

    1. Thanks Jane! I was lucky enough to be given remnants of this gorgeous fabric from a friend!

  5. Really love your belt, great creation!

  6. I like it! since it's so colorful, it makes a great accessory, especially for jeans!


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