It’s fun to make your accessories. Making custom belts is an incredibly smooth and cheap process. A DIY strap enables you to concentrate design details and make the perfect match you desire with your outfit. There is no specialized equipment required, and tools and components are readily available. Here are a few steps to follow when making a homemade belt.

Gather tools and materials

Acquire hole-punch and hummer, leather sealant, and any other essential tool. For the quality belt, get tanned leather and your preferred buckle. Faux or real leather is more durable. The color you settle on is entirely on you. You could as well choose to dye and seal the leather to your taste.

Cut the belt piece Lay your leather sheet out on a flat surface. Place your yardstick on the leather and press hard. Cut along the edge of the model with a sharp rotary cutter to make neat edges of your belt strap. If using a buckle, take much precision on the width of your strap for the belt buckle to hold just right.

Lacing up your belt

This step applies if you intend to use racing for your belt closure. Wrap the long strap you cut around your waist then trim it to size, leaving an allowance of three inches to accommodate the lacing. The leather racing should be shorter, about 30 inches. Cut the lacing at the same sheet you cut your leather strap but make it much thinner. Make a single hole on either end of the belt using a punch. Thread the lacing through these holes and tie a bow that will be your belt closure.

Buckle assembly

In case you prefer to use the belt buckle, wrap your belt buckle around one end of the strap and then mark on the strap where the buckle holes will lie against in the strap. Punch the holes and secure the fastener in place using screws that come with it. Put the belt on and pull the strap through the buckle until it feels comfortable. Mark this point on the strap where the buckle prong touches. Punch this spot and make two more holes on either side such that the first lie in the middle. The distancing of the holes should be small and equal. At the tip of the belt, free-hand a design with scissors or use a tip template.


This process is easy to implement to make a beautiful belt and have the pride of making it yourself. It’s incredibly cheap and saves you several bucks. Custom belts look excellent over a loose dress or tucked-in shirt so that it stands out.

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