If you are familiar with how to make hemp accessories, such as bracelets and necklaces, then you know that hemping can sometimes seem like a daunting task – but you also understand how rewarding it is to finish a hemp project, especially after investing a lot of time and effort in it. It can be fun to challenge yourself to explore the possibilities of hemp accessories in new ways. If you have decided on a hemp belt for your next project, follow the steps below to make the belt.
Make a Hemp Belt
Determine the purpose of your belt. If the belt is for fashion purposes only, you may have more freedom in the type of hemp used for the belt, as well as the degree of beads or other accents added to the hemp. In order to achieve a functional belt, more practical measures must be taken.
Purchase the appropriate hemp. Fashion belts can be made out of virtually any type of hemp. Feel free to experiment with the variety of colors and weaves, available in most craft stores. Functional belts should be made using large cord, durable and authentic hemp.
Choose your knot. Fashion hemp belts may be made with the “box” or “spiral”, or any other hemping knot desired. For the optimal functional hemp belt, a “flat/box” knot should be used. The “flat” or “box” knot will create a wider, flatter belt, which can fit easily through standard-size belt loops.
Select your buckle and accessories. Fashion belts may be fastened with any type of buckle, large bead or other hemping accessory; functional hemp belts should be made with a traditional buckle.
Weave your belt. If you are using a bead to fasten your belt, start your hemp belt in the same way that you would begin a necklace or bracelet, and accessorize accordingly. Make sure the loop is the appropriate size for your bead of choice. If you have chosen a traditional belt buckle, begin your belt by including the buckle in your beginning loop. This secures the buckle firmly in place, and makes the functional belt stronger. The buckle can be fastened easily through any given part of the “flat/box” knot hemp belt. When your belt is finished, pull the end knots tight. Cut and discard any remaining hemp.