Belts are making a comeback, and the styles are getting more and more creative. Tie belts are especially popular, and here’s the good news – it turns out that they’re easy to make as well! Today I’m sharing a surprisingly simple project which won’t cost you more than a few bucks at your local fabric or craft store.
Here’s what you’ll need for your leather tie belt:
- An old belt, larger than your normal size
- 1 1/2 yards of thin leather ribbon or cord
- Glue gun
- Drill with 1/4 inch drill bit
Begin by cutting a V shape right where the holes end on your old belt. (Just make sure that the belt is long enough so that the space between the buckle and the holes will fit around your natural waist). Measure your natural waist and subtract 2 inches from the measurement. Mark the belt at the other end by the buckle in that length. Cut in a V shape again.
*Note: this belt can also be made using vegan leather if you prefer.
Using an electric drill, make one hole at each end within the V shapes as shown above.
Cut a 1 yard piece of leather ribbon (reserve the other 1/2 yard). Thread it through the hole at the end of the belt, and thread the other end of the ribbon through the other hole at the opposite end of the belt. Pull both ends most of the way through. You will tie this in a bow to create the closure of your belt.