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Date: 8/14/09 9:33 AM

Can anyone give me tips or know where there is a tutorial for making fabric covered belts? I want to make a fabric covered belt. I bought a belt and buckle kit a while ago but want to know if there are easier ways to make a belt. Besides I want to make a wider belt than whats in the kit. Do you buy belting or can you buy a heavy interfacing. I really like the stiffness of the belting but don't know if I can find it at a wider width. Thanks in advance.

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Date: 8/14/09 9:46 AM

I'm so glad you asked this question! I've been wrestling with this too.

Another thing I would like to know is how to make the round eyelets on a belt without using metal rings -- like you can find on vintage belts (when the belt matches the dress). It looks to me as if they stitched in a circle and then punched out the hole. (This is hard to explain.)

Is there a way to do this on a home sewing machine? Maybe a special attachment?

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Date: 8/14/09 10:05 AM

Do you mean like this?Making eyelets by machine

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Date: 8/14/09 11:27 AM

Yes, thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for!

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Date: 8/14/09 2:17 PM

Wow--that's quite an attachment! My mother made a belt with each dress she sewed. Her machine only went forward and backward. She didn't use any kits, and would punch the holes, then hand stitch around each one. Now this is something I cannot see myself doing.

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Date: 8/15/09 11:40 AM

Has anyone made a belt using buckram? If so, what was the results, how is it used and where can you buy it? Thanks.

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Date: 8/17/09 8:38 AM

This is a belt I made a couple of years ago. I didn't use a pattern -- I simply looked at a couple of my RTW belts and figured out what to do. The belt is made from a scrap of black genuine Ultrasuede, an inexpensive 1.5" Wright's Western belt buckle from Hancocks, and a couple of layers of Pellon's Peltex. Here's the closeup. I sewed a fabric tube, turned it with a Fastturn tube turner, stuffed the tube with Peltex and top stitched. I covered the buckle, painstatingly stitching it on my sewing machine (I removed the ankle and feet and just stitched, which wasn't easy) and hid the seam line in back. I also used a Viking eyelet plate to stitch around the hole for the prong. Hope this helps.

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Date: 8/17/09 8:13 PM

WOW! That is AMAZING!!! It looks so well made! Like something you would buy in a store.
I'll have to check out that Pellon's Peltex. Thanks so much for sharing.

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Date: 8/20/09 9:40 AM

I use WonderUnder for the dog collars I make out of fabric. Cut the fabric and WonderUnder 4 times as wide as you want your belt. I haven't made one in awhile but you iron on the Wonder Under, leave the top paper on and fold the belt in half, iron, then in half for each half. Pull the WU off and iron again so the belt is twice as wide, and you've ironed the halves of the half together.

Then I just stitch them together to get the width of your belt. Now I'm not quite sure how you would finish the end that would show especially if you want it pointed. I'd used grommets to make the holes.

It's actually very durable. I use the collars and they have lasted quite well.

If this doesn't make sense, I'm actually going to make some more collars soon and could take some pictures.

eta: if you want it stiffer you can put some poly webbing in between the halves before you stitch it, or even have duty interfacing.
-- Edited on 8/20/09 9:42 AM --

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Date: 8/20/09 7:23 PM

Ooh! I would love to see pictures of your dog collars! I bet they are wonderful!

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