Upcycle Old Belt Buckles Into Colorful Fabric Belts

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One way to liven up your spring wardrobe and bring a dash of color to your outfits is with a new handmade fabric belt. Because these cute, easy-to-make belts can be made in any color or pattern, your biggest challenge will most likely be choosing which fabric to use.

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Things You’ll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 1/4 yard of fabric
  • Sharp scissors
  • Medium to heavy-weight fusible interfacing
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine with a universal 90/14 needle
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Safety pin
  • Needle and thread

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Measure the circumference of your waist or hips. Add 6 inches to this measurement to allow for seam allowances and the overlap of the end of the belt. This measurement will be the length to cut your fabric.

Measure the inside opening width of your belt buckle (the buckle is shown sideways here). Add 1 inch to this measurement. This will be the width to cut your fabric.

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Cut two strips of fabric and one strip of medium to heavy-weight fusible interfacing, using the dimensions you calculated.

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Use a hot iron to press the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of one of the fabric strips.

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Aligning right sides together, place the other fabric strip on top of the fabric/interfacing piece. Pin the long sides together.

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Use a medium stitch length and medium pressure to sew a 1/2-inch seam along each of the long sides of the strips to create a fabric tube. Remove the pins as you sew, and leave the ends open.

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Use pinking shears to trim the seams to 1/4 inch. If you don’t have pinking shears you can use regular fabric scissors to trim the seams.

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Attach a safety pin through one layer of fabric on one end of the fabric tube.

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Push the large end of the safety pin into the fabric tube.

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Continue to push the pin through the fabric tube. As you push the pin through, manipulate the fabric so the end of it enters the tube. This will turn the fabric tube right-side out.

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When the fabric tube is turned right-side out, remove the safety pin and press the tube flat with a hot iron.

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Turn the raw edges of each end 1/2 inch into the the fabric tube. You can either hand stitch to close or use a machine to close the ends.

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Thread the end of the fabric belt up and through the belt buckle.

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Turn the belt buckle over, fold over the end of the fabric belt and hand stitch in place.

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As the days get longer and start to warm up, add a few new fabric belts to your wardrobe for a refreshing transition into spring.

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