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Project

Leather Belt

This fashionable leather belt achieves the look of a very expensive one -- for a fraction of the cost.

Materials

  • Measuring tape
  • Leather
  • Utility knife
  • All-purpose cement
  • 15 grommets
  • Grommet tool kit
  • Ruler
  • Jax solution
  • Plastic spoon
  • Belt buckle

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Measure your waist over your clothes with a measuring tape.

  2. Step 2

    Cut two rectangles of leather that measure the size of waist plus 2 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Cut the two rectangles a little bit larger, since it is difficult to cut a big piece of leather perfectly. Using all-purpose cement, glue rough sides of these two leather strips. Stick together back-to-back and trim down to your true measurements.

  3. Step 3

    Making the belt extender: Measure the crossbar of belt buckle. Ours was 1 3/8 inch. Make a smaller double-sided rectangle strip the same way as before so that it will measure 1 3/8 inch by 12 inches.

  4. Step 4

    Using a plastic spoon, drop brass grommets into jax solution to give them an antique patina. Remove after 2 seconds and let dry.

  5. Step 5

    Using your grommet hole punching tool, create 11 holes on top of the extender piece, each spaced 1 inch apart down the center. Fasten 7 grommets in 11 of the holes.

  6. Step 6

    For the piece of leather that holds the buckle, cut one more strip of leather exactly 1 3/8 inch by 12 inches. Punch a hole in the center of the strip. Glue rough ends of the strip leaving one inch on each side of the hole free of glue. Pass the ends through the belt buckle.

  7. Step 7

    Stick the prong of the belt buckle through the hole of the strip. Fold the strip in half onto itself, matching up the ends of the rectangle. Enclose the buckle.

  8. Step 8

    Center the buckle to one edge of the larger rectangle and secure with glue and 4 grommets. On other end of the rectangle, center your extender piece 8 inches from the edge with the unfinished hole on top of the large rectangle. Glue area where the two pieces will be connected (about 4 inches).

  9. Step 9

    Punch four holes through both layers. Put grommets through front and secure to back.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2007

Reviews (2)

  • Virginia Barrett 15 May, 2014

    I was looking for the instructions for all 3 belts shown, the one I am really interested in is the belt on the right.

  • Rebafan 20 Nov, 2010

    Great Project! If you are looking for the grommets or buckles that may work on this project check out Standing Bear's Trading Post at http://www.sbearstradingpost.com If you are local to them (Southern California) they cut leather except for deer, elk and hair on hides. If you are not local a great resource for smaller pieces of leather is justleather.com Enjoy the craft, Happy Leatherworking!