How to Install a Slide Buckle

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Slide buckles are easy to use to make all sorts of things, from belts and headbands to straps to secure a bag. Slide buckles come in different shapes, sizes and materials, but consist of a simple shape divided into two sections by a central separator bar. The buckle will show on your finished project, so choose one that works the fabrics, trims or ribbons you are using, which can range from rhinestones and sparkle to utilitarian plastic or stainless steel.

Things You'll Need

  • Ribbon, fabric or webbing
  • Fusible fabric adhesive
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread

Measure the center bar of your slide buckle to determine the necessary finished width of your ribbon or webbing.

Reinforce the material as necessary before installing a slide buckle. Cut fabric two times the width of your slide buckle, plus 1 inch. Interface fabric with fusible interfacing and sew with the printed sides of the fabric facing one another and a 1/2-inch seam allowance. Seam three sides, leaving one short end open. Turn right side out and press well.

Double face ribbon if you are opting for ribbon instead of fabric by fusing the wrong side of one piece of ribbon to the wrong side of another according to the fusible adhesive manufacturer's instructions. Sew 1/8 inch from the edge of the ribbon along each long side.

Hem one end of your ribbon or webbing before attaching the slide buckle. Choose a hem treatment that works well for the ribbon or webbing; however, if you are applying a slide buckle to fabric, it will have been hemmed in the prior step.

Fold the raw end of your ribbon, webbing or fabric under 1/2 inch. Press, then thread through the slide buckle. Pass the fabric up through the buckle, over the center bar, then back down. Pull the end approximately 2 inches past the center bar of your slide buckle.

Sew across the folded end of the ribbon or webbing by machine to attach the slide buckle.

Thread the hemmed end of the ribbon up through the buckle, then down over the bar and through the other side of the slide buckle. Pull snug as needed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Experiment with slide buckles for both functional and decorative projects.
  • Use the same techniques with a pair of D-rings or metal rings instead of a slide buckle, stitching through both rings instead of the center bar of a slide buckle.

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