DIY | Leather Double-Wrap Belts

April 16, 2014

A few weeks ago Sara from An Elemental Life sent me some belt inspiration via Pinterest. Being the resourceful woman that she is, Sara decided that we were going to make these belts to cinch up all of the cute dresses we think we’re sewing this year. During her spring break we went on a field trip to our local Tandy Leather to peruse tools, belt blanks and hardware.

double wrap

triple wrap

I had no idea what the plan was and kept gravitating towards a heinous, metallic gold, sale hide that I ended up bringing home with me. Sara grabbed 72″ belt blanks, all of the accessories and hole punches. We also picked out stamps for visual interest and to kind of copy our inspiration picture.

huge mess at sara'a

stamps

tools

They ended up being such a fun and quick project! We met up at Sara’s one afternoon, ate an entire pizza then got to work. We used razor blades to skive the leather for the belt buckle, but other than that we pretty much just punched a few holes and attached brass hardware. So fast! They’re not treated, but will darken with time. Next time we’d like to experiment with leather dye.

I don’t remember the exact costs, but I think these ended up being about $25 each to make. That includes tools that we’ll be reusing. Such a good deal!

It was fun to do something besides sewing or knitting, so we’re definitely going to continue with random diy projects. I think dyeing is high on our priority list and I’m completely obsessed with these shark teeth earrings. Sans glitter.

finished!

finished!

Moss Making Month is still in full swing, so I hope you guys are making some too! Check out Jen’s linen version, Allie’s first and Sara’s denim one. SO CUTE! I’ll have one or two to share this weekend.

12 comments

  • Bella

    These are great! What a good idea. Looking forward to your Mosses, especially the leather version. I got a bit inspired and bought a couple of garment weight hides myself so I can’t wait to see what you do.

  • Andrea

    When I saw these on your IG feed I fell in love! Those stamps are awesome – I had never heard of leather stamps before. And what a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends. Also, I love the fact tat you brought some gold leather home. Perhaps to add some fun accents to one of your moss minis?

  • Ginger

    Holy crap!!! These are SO COOL. I can’t even deal with it. SO COOL.

  • Kristina

    Wow, they turned out so beautiful!! I had no idea you could just make a belt like that :)

  • Kelly

    Soooooo cool! I am totally going to copy you guys. I just looked and there is a Tandy leather store here in Portland!

  • sara

    These look amazing ! Perfect as you say to wear over Spring dresses. I need to figure out where to get materials to make these…

  • sallie

    brilliant! What a fun project! And I’m very jealous that you can just swing on down to your local leather retailers… like… *verrrrrry* jealous!

  • Lola

    totes need this in my life. like right now!

  • Sara Berkes

    Love these! Belts are so weirdly expensive to buy… I totally want to make some now

  • Amanda

    I am so inspired by this! Your belt looks amazing! I love combining sewing with tools and hardware so belt making is totally something I could see myself doing. Also, love your usage of the word ‘heinous’ – it’s especially hilarious to me, since gold leather sounds like something I’d go home with as well – haha!! :)

  • Amy

    This is a beautiful belt and I’m loving your tools! Braided leather belt is definitely on my must do before I die list. Most of my leather projects go strangely unfinished…

  • True Bias

    OK, I need to make this. This is so amazing.

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