Thursday, April 30, 2009

10 Minute Transformation: Funky 70's Tie Recycled into Colorful Belt

This is seriously the easiest project that I've ever done, but the reward is big. There are many reasons that you might want to make your own belt:
1. It will fit exactly the way you want it to
2. No animals will have been harmed in the making of your belt
3. Belts are freaking expensive! Even a cheap Target belt is almost 20 bones, this cost me about $1.50
Here's how to do it:

1. Go to the thrift store, or some man's closet (ask permission before you steal this man's tie please) and get yourself a fun necktie. I purchased mine at the local Goodwill, where they weigh clothes by the pound. I purchased two ties for about $.50.
2. Get yourself (2) D rings. If you can find an old belt at the thrift store with good rings, but no personality, pick it up and strip it down for the hardware. If not, a fabric store will have them in assorted sizes, usually for about $1.00.
3. You can measure this belt in one of two ways. First, you can find a belt that you know and love and use that to measure your new belt. Add about an inch so that you'll have a 1/2" seam allowance to work with. If you don't have a belt that you know and love, take a tape measure and measure around the area where you like to wear your belts (some like waist, some like hips, it's your get to decide!). Again, add 1" to this measurement.
4. Cut your tie to length. I used pinking shears and cut off at the fat end. Keep your scraps; they are great for applique!
5. Fold over one end of your belt and sew it in place. Take the other end (same side) and insert it through both D rings and sew into place.
6. Rock out in your new belt!

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