How to Make a DIY Leather Belt

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DIY Leather Belt Accessory

Belt around woman's waist
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It can be so fun to make your own accessories! The DIY touch always makes your creations one-of-a-kind, and you can customize them in exactly the ways you like. This super chic, simple DIY belt is the perfect example of how making your own accessories can be easy, affordable, and fun! Our DIY leather belt is amazing for pairing with summer dresses or blousy tops to add the finishing touch to an outfit.

Gather Materials

Materials for making DIY leather belt
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As you're gathering your materials, consider the type of leather that you'd like to use. Depending on your preference, you can use real or faux leather, and the sky is the limit when it comes to color! Choose a classic brown or add a fun pop of color like the red you see here. Also, your leather may come in various forms, so choose what you prefer. You could start with a belt blank from the craft store or use a sheet of leather like we do here.

What You'll Need

  • Leather (either a belt blank, or a sheet of leather long enough to wrap around your waist)
  • Cutting mat with inch markings
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter
  • Yard stick
  • Leather punch
  • Leather lacing (if using a belt blank)

Cut the Belt Piece

Cutting a DIY leather belt
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If you're using a belt blank that is already cut to a long strip, you can skip this step. If you're using a sheet of leather, this is for you. Lay your leather out on your cutting mat. Place the yard stick down on the leather, pressing firmly to hold the leather in place underneath. Being sure that the yard stick stays aligned with one of the lines on your mat, use the rotary cutter to cut along the edge of the yard stick. Create a nice, smooth, clean edge on your leather sheet.

Next, move your yardstick 1 1/4-inch in along the clean edge that you have cut. Repeating the same process, cut a strip of leather that's 1 1/4-inch and as long as you need your belt. By using this process, you ensure that both edges of your belt are clean and the width remains constant.

Measure the Right Length for You

Leather for a DIY belt
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Once you have your 1 1/4-inch leather strip, wrap it around your waist. We recommend trimming it so that you have about three inches between the ends when you wrap it around yourself. This is shorter than you would measure a normal belt, but the lacing will make up for the gap.

Cut the Lacing Piece

Lacing for a DIY leather belt
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Use the mat and rotary cutting process to cut a piece of leather lacing that's 1/4-inch wide and 30-inches long. If you used a belt blank rather than cutting your own leather, you'll just need to cut 30 inches of your pre-cut lacing.

Punch Holes

Holes punched in a DIY leather belt
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Use your leather punch to punch a single hole on either end of the belt, about 3/4 of an inch from the ends.

Lace it Together

DIY leather belt
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Thread your lacing through both holes, and use it to tie a bow. This will be your belt closure.

Wear It

DIY Leather belt over a dress
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Put it on! This DIY leather belt looks great over a loose dress to create a chic waistline. Enjoy!