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Buckle Up: Leather Belt Projects

Give leather belts a purpose beyond just holding up pants.

Photography: Richard Banks

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2013

Introduction

Blogger Brigitta Borrevik (briggslekehus.blogspot.com) uses them for chic dog beds or straps them around logs on her hearth. We cut them up to use as handles on large floor pillows. (Look for used or inexpensive belts at yard sales, thrift shops, and department stores.)

Sources

Easy-to-Do Series Rapid Rivets, $20, joann.com
Rotary punch, by Silver Creek Leather Co., $15, joann.com

materials

  • Leather belts

  • Faux-sheepskin rug

  • Bedroom pillows

  • Rivet kit

  • Rotary punch

steps

  1. To add handles to floor pillows, cut an old leather belt into segments and attach them to the pillowcases with a rivet kit.

  2. To make a dog bed, wrap one or two standard bedroom pillows with a faux-sheepskin rug, then secure the bundle with two belts.

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