Make a Vintage Belt

Thrifting is fun. Belts are fun. Let's hit the sweet spot by combining the two.

I think I'm hooked on making belts now. You will probably be seeing more belt tutorials coming your way. Lucky you!


  • Thrifted elastic belt
  • 1" wide elastic
  • 2.5" wide cut of cotton fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Safety pin (optional)

I bought this green stretch belt from a thrift store. I like the green, but the belt was a kid's size. I would have worn the belt as is, but that much squeeze around my waist would have been scary.

So, cut the green elastic at each end near the buckle. Gather 1 inch wide elastic to fit around your waist plus 2 inches. The fabric needs to be 2.5 inches wider and 4 inches longer than the elastic.

Fold the fabric lengthwise, right side in, and pin in place. While sewing, place the elastic as a guide to know where to sew. Turn the fabric right side out and press with an iron. Make sure the seam is in the middle of the underside of the belt.

I'm sure there are tools for this, but I used a safety pin to help guide the elastic through the fabric. The elastic should stop 1 to 2 inches from each end. Fold one end under.

Pass the folded end through one buckle and sew. Repeat this for the other end.

You want the fabric to be a little longer than the elastic to allow stretching.

What do you think? Hits the sweet spot right?

The Real Deal: It cost less than $3 to make this belt.

  1. Love this! It is so cute. Thanks so much for all your great tutorials! Your awesome!

  2. amazing. love it..running out to try it.:)

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