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DIY faux leather belt

diy leather belt

I sewed this belt month ago but didn’t have time to post the tutorial….today, I finally share it with you!

I wanted a versatile belt to wear with dresses. It’s always flattering to wear something around the waist, it makes look slimmer…how wouldn’t want that?

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How to make a homemade ladies belt?

I share a quite simple tutorial to make a wrapped belt. This belt doesn’t have a buckle, you attach it tying a knot.

It is therefore quite easy to sew and apart from the fabric or the leather you do not need any other accessories.

I did several tries to find out how to tie the belt with a know that I like. It’s pretty cool to be able to vary the way you fasten the belt.

You can tie a flat knot, wrap it around itself or tie a knot with loops. Once you get the trick it’s pretty simple.

I also wore the DIY belt to close a cardigan, you can see some pictures in my easy cardigan tutorial.

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Materials you will need to sew a DIY leather belt

You can make it with faux leather or fabric (Suede fabric is a great option)

There are many types of faux leather fabric. Choose one that has a nice texture and is not too thick. Which color do you prefer?

I made the belt in 3 parts, one centerpiece, and two side strips. Here are measures of the central part, you may have to adapt it to your size.

Please note that if you have enough fabric length, you can cut the belt in one piece.

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So it’s 22″ length, 4.5″ high in the center part, and 2.5″ high on the sides. ( 55cm, 12cm and 6cm). Add a seam allowance of 1 inch (2 cm) around the piece.

Then you have to cut 2 side strips of 41″ length,  2.5″ high (105cm –  6cm), you also have to add a seam allowance of 1 inch (2cm).

Sew both strips with the centerpiece, one on each side.

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Flatten the seam between the central piece and the strips. Fold the fabric inside all along the edge, and make a seam. To have a flat hem I cut notches on the rounded part of the central piece of the belt.

If you work with fabric instead of faux leather, you may prefer to make a double fold hem all around. It will prevent the fabric to fray and will look nicer. It can be a fun sewing project to make several fabric belts with different patterns.

diy faux leather belt

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 That’s it, you just made a DIY waist belt! Quite easy don’t you think?

I like that the belt is wide, it emphasizes the waist. Enjoy your new DIY leather belt and don’t hesitate to try different ways to wear it!

diy leather belt

wearing diy leather belt

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DIY leather belt


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Micle Cliark

Tuesday 18th of November 2014

Hi, nice post i am sharing.

Ander Lee

Monday 6th of October 2014

Mi piace questo oriental mood, un tocco originale x un outfit scontato!!!!


Friday 18th of October 2013

This is terrific! I just discovered your blog and really like it!

Ama Ryllis

Friday 18th of October 2013

Thank you, welcome and enjoy it!