Friday, April 15, 2011

sailor's knot belt: a leftover story

DIY sailor's knot belt

What do you do when you have some leftover ropes? 
You get creative and turn ropes into belt, simple-as-that.

This macramé knot (sailors' knot , macramé... it's a knot), is one of the very basic knot, very easy with ton of effect: it's the two strands Josephine knot.
You can make it just by looking at the picture below, it's very very easy.

Wanna doityourself one?
--> This is what you need:
* 5 ft white cotton twisted rope (or your circumference x 2 + about 1 ft)
*  10 ft jute cord (or twice as much of the white rope)
* strong white thread and a needle
* a big ring (mine is a O, but a  D ring would be easier)
ring and clasp you can easily find at your <3 hardware store or ... keep reading to know where mine come from!

Believe it or not, I-DID-NOT-buy-a-thi-ng for this belt, so I do get extra points for that!

Well, I had about 5 ft of white cotton rope leftover from this t-shirt refashion, and about 10 ft of jute cord leftover from this other t-shirt refashion, and... clasp and ring belonged to one of my dog's old leash (nothing get wasted here, ehehe... I washed them, btw).

--> Let's get it started!
* cut the hemp rope in half, and all the three strands in half (so I had 6 strands of 2.5 ft each) 
* following the drawing, make the first knot using the white rope (the rope I wanted in the middle)

* with the jute cord, go around following the white cord 
* and another time  so you end up with jute/cotton/jute 

* tie your knot and adjust the cords in place 

* keep the strands on both sides straight and loop it around your clasp
* fold and sew keeping all the strands aligned and straight
* cut the tails in the back

* repeat on the other side with the ring 
... and enjoy

xox, d.

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  1. Cute belt! Thanks for posting!

  2. That is awesome! I'm totally going to make one! I'm a new follower--I'm rooting for you to get to 100 pronto! ;-)

    Rachel @ Maybe Matilda

  3. Thanks girls!! 48 to 100, hopefully won't take too long!!

  4. Donatella, I featured this belt on my blog today! I LOVE it! You can see my post here:

    Thanks for sharing your awesome tutorial with us!

  5. I love it. I had to become a fallower because I kept ending up at your blog today! It is great.

  6. :) i hope you won't be disappointed!!! thanks for following me!

  7. I. love. it.

    And your super cute t-shirt redos. I went to St. Vinny's and got five solid t-shirts, a ton of cotton rope and a hook for this belt for 2.50. I embarked on the plaid t-shirt paint one with the roses as soon as I got home. Too wonderful. I'm in the second drying phase now.

    PS. Found your site on

  8. very cute! i would not have thought of that - you are clever!

  9. So glad you like it! Please send me pictures of the stuff you're making!!!

  10. That is great! And you make it look so easy.

  11. Wow oh wow this is incredible! I totally want to rock a belt like this lol. I hope you can stop by and link this up to my VIP party today!

  12. That is WAY too cute! I think I'll have to try something similar to that. I actually made a headband with the same knot. Thanks for sharing. It's a great inspiration :)
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  13. I featured this on my blog today!

  14. This is soooo fabulous, I just HAD to feature it!

    Extreme Personal Measures

  15. Cool idea! Your belt is super cute, now I need to get my hands on some leftover rope. Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. I love it!!! I'm a new follower! :)

  17. So stinking genius. I'm going to try this as soon as I get some rope.

  18. Love this! Great tutorial! You made tying that sailor's knot look easy. Such a great use of leftover materials perfect for the upcoming Earth Day. Thanks for sharing.

    I'm hosting my monthly Before Blogging Throwback Thursdays linkup party and would love for you to share a project you did or made or a thrifty find you're proud of from before blogging. Can't wait to see what you bring.

  19. Love it! Thanks for sharing! I'm always in the market for a fun belt ;)

  20. This is awesome! Love the look of the two colours of rope x

  21. Super cute, and I'm going to use this idea to make some drawer pulls for a dresser I have! Thank you for a great tutorial!!


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