I'm definitely digging belts ever since this project. So, when I came across a skinny, leather dog leash at the thrift shop for $1.00 I had to snag it.
I wasn't really sure how I was going to make it into a belt when I saw it. But after I got it home this is what I came up with. I'm pretty happy with it.
- Leather, enough to go around your waist
- Two buttons with openings on back
- Thick upholstery or heavy duty thread
- Size 8 or 9 needle
- 14" of 2mm leather cord
Start with a piece of skinny leather. I cut the ends of the leash off. And, yes, I washed it first to get rid of any dog blah. Cut the leather to be about one inch shy of your waist measurement. Find two buttons with an opening on the back. Make sure the opening is large enough to pass the needle through.
Hold the button up to the backside of the belt near the end. Using a marker, mark two spots to sew the button on. Puncture the two spots with the needle. I had to hold the needle against the table and push on the leather to get the needle through. Cut a 12" piece of upholstery or heavy duty thread. Tie a double knot through the hole in the back of the button.
After tying a knot through the button, pass the other end of the thread through the needle. Pass the needle through one of the pre-punctured holes from front to back. Pass the needle through the other pre-punctured hole from back to front. Pass the needle through the back of the button. Pull the thread tight. Pass the needle through the pre-punctured hole again. Continue this process 3 or 4 times. Once done, pass the needle through the button hole and tie a double knot (pictures 9 & 10). Cut off the excess thread.
Repeat the last steps for the other end of the belt. Cut a 14" piece of 2mm leather cord. Create a loop around one button. Tie a knot with the cord. Cut the short end of the cord off. Now all you do is wrap the cord in a figure eight around the two buttons. Tuck the excess piece of cord under the belt. It will stay just fine. I have not had any problems with it unraveling.
I almost wasn't going to post this picture for two reasons. One, I've got "the mom hairdo" going on. Two, I've got the fake model look (almost like a manequin) thing going on. I can't be perfect all the time. I'm off to throw my hair into a ponytail. Or is that even more momlike?
The Real Deal: It cost me less than $2.00 to make this belt. I actually had the thread on hand. The buttons were from a scrap bag of buttons I have had for years. The leather cord was the last bit I had left over from another project.