If you can’t find the perfect belt in the stores, then why not try making a DIY belt? It’s much easier than you might have thought, and many projects are really quick to complete as well. So they’re ideal if your sewing skills aren’t up to making garments, or you’re too impatient and want quick results. Here are some fabulous DIY belt projects for you to make …
If you’re a fan of Alice Temperley’s designs, then you’ll love this DIY belt based on one of her catwalk creations. Make it in a contrast colour to wear over coats and dresses – it would look stunning in a red ribbon against a black outfit. I’m planning to make one in black to wear with my grey leopard print coat.
If you’re looking for a belt that’s easily adjustable (holes never seem to be in the right place!), then this is the project for you. It can be made in a variety of fabrics and patterns, so you could have one to match every outfit! Plus it’s really cheap to make as well.
How about adding a touch of Japanese style to your outfit? Obi belts are wide fabric belts that look fantastic over a dress. Make a plain one to match a print dress, or vice versa – once you’ve tried this pattern you’ll want a belt to match every dress you own! They would also make a beautiful gift for friends, who would appreciate something personalised.
Now here’s a really smart idea! There are times when you need somewhere to keep a bit of cash, but don’t want to carry a bag or wallet. And let’s face it, fanny packs just aren´t cool. So a clever crafter has come up with this hip belt, with a concealed pocket to hide your cash. What a great idea!
If you’re into recycling, you’ll love this project, which takes an old t-shirt and transforms it into a cool belt. We all have some old, worn-out tees lying around, so all you need then are some D-rings. There’s very little sewing involved, so you could have a new belt ready in no time!
If you can tie a knot, you can make a belt! This project really couldn’t be simpler, and the tutorial explains really clearly how to tie the knot. Once completed (which will only take minutes, the belt actually has a designer look about it, especially if, as in the tutorial, the colour is closely matched to the dress.
Here’s another easy belt for people who love repurposing items to make something new and different. You can pick up neck ties at thrift stores and flea markets for a few cents, so a neck tie belt is about as cheap as it gets! And there are so many possibilities and combinations of patterns.
If you’re a keen sewer or crafter and use ribbons a lot, you’ll probably have lots of odds and ends that you don’t want to throw away, but don’t know what you can do with them. Here’s the answer – make a cute belt! It’ll take more work than some of the other belt projects, but you’ll end up with a totally original accessory.
If you’d like to have a go at some simple sewing projects, a belt is an excellent way to start. Most belt projects are really easy to make, require only a few simple items, and basic sewing skills. Some don’t even need a sewing machine! So why not make yourself a belt – we’d love to hear how your project turned out! What’s your favourite craft, and what kind of items do you enjoy making?
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