DIY Statement Belt

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When it comes to accessories I love a great statement belt, so while browsing style.com I came across the runway show for Tod’s.  Previously I never gave Tod’s a second look but something made me click and I’m so happy I did.  Everything spoke to me on a level that simply made me excited, don’t know if it was all the leather infused with the elegance and softness but whatever it was I’m loving it.  I have become a DIY woman but every now and then you just need to jump the fence, and the moment this skirt is available I’m jumping the fence.  But in the meantime we can lust over this gorgeous statement belt no more with my DIY interpretation.

Enjoy!

Tools:

1. Overstitch
2. Rotary
3. Pattern
4. Awl
5. Craft knife
6. Rivets
7. Buckle
8. Edge slicker
9. Leather dye, edge paint, finish
10. Leather- 4-5oz veg tanned

Print out the pattern here

Place the pattern on top of the leather and using the awl, trace the pattern onto the leather

Use the overstitch to trace the awl cutting line for a more accurate cut.  Use the rotary to cut the leather.

Using the edge slicker and a water, wet the edge of the leather a bit and run the edge slicker around the edges to smooth.

The edges final product should smooth

Using cord or twine, measure out the amount of cord you prefer for your belt straps

Cut the strap 1/2″ wide and as long as you need

Dye and edge the two pieces of leather

Slide the buckle onto the leather and sew the buckle in place with a double stitch

Using a hand leather punch punch holes in the corresponding strap

Cut a piece of leather 2″x1/2″ and sew the edge together

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31 Comments

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you Sing

  1. Tiffany from Chicago
    September 23, 2013 / 6:02 pm

    Beautiful beautiful beautiful

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you Tiffany

  2. September 23, 2013 / 7:51 pm

    You've gotten so good with this leather! Did you take any classes at Tandy, or did you just google? And that belt is fabulous! Great project!

    • September 24, 2013 / 2:20 am

      Erica did you take classes? You are also very good with leather?

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you Erica
      Tandy here doesn't offer classes 🙁 I've made so many leather pieces now, it's totally been trial and error. Although tandyleather.com does have video on how to use a lot of their tools so I definitely refer to the site. I have been searching high and low for a show making class, I'm dying to make at least one pair of heels 🙂

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you Carolyn

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you Natasha

  3. September 24, 2013 / 2:19 am

    that skirt if Fire!!!

    Love the belt. I may start following you and frugalnomics and start making my own accessories. I recently saw a necklace at Nordstrom that is no longer for sale and I was bummed!

    • September 24, 2013 / 1:02 pm

      I would always say DIY first unless it's a must have or shoes of course 🙂

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:36 pm

      Thank you

  4. September 24, 2013 / 10:45 am

    Love this. Was just at the local Tandy Leather yesterday talking about belts.

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:37 pm

      Isn't Tandy the best!

  5. Anonymous
    September 24, 2013 / 11:54 am

    Fabulous!

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:37 pm

      Thank you

  6. Anonymous
    September 24, 2013 / 4:00 pm

    Nikki you are a cold piece of work, LOVE IT!!!!!

    Jennifer

  7. October 31, 2013 / 7:11 pm

    Just found your blog this morning…. I am HOOKED. love this belt (and so much more!)

    • November 2, 2013 / 6:54 pm

      Thank you Tee

  8. Anonymous
    February 5, 2014 / 6:09 pm

    Hi Nikki. I love the total outfit. Can you tell me is the blouse a DIY, or did you buy it? If it is DIY, which pattern are you using?

    • February 7, 2014 / 3:20 am

      The shirt is a mens button up.

    • Anonymous
      February 8, 2014 / 3:16 pm

      Thanks Nikki. Did you use a pattern or did you buy it?

    • February 8, 2014 / 3:21 pm

      The link to the pattern is above

  9. Anonymous
    February 25, 2014 / 7:06 am

    Sorry, to continue about the pattern, but I can't seem to find the pattern number. Can you tell me where to look above for the pattern number. Thanks.

  10. Anonymous
    March 1, 2014 / 6:40 am

    LOL. Thanks Nikki. I laugh because I was talking about the shirt pattern, not the belt pattern,and you thought I was speaking about the belt. LOL! But I understand now. There is no pattern for the shirt, it is just an oversized man's shirt. Thanks again for answering.

  11. November 25, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    that's funny… I've been thinking that you need to start making shoes too!! If anyone can, you can!

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