Tuesday, March 19, 2013

DIY skinny bow belt

skinny belts are a must have... well, a must DIY 

...and since you're there ... put a bow on it!

The company Plessmann.endlessleather contacted me if I wanted to try some of their products for my DIY projects and after browsing on their website I would have liked to receive every-single-one-of-their-items.

Few days later (extremely fast delivery!!) I received a box of goodies: today I'm using one of their products, but I have more to come! 

I decided to use the black round stitched 8 mm nappa to make one of the spring must haves: 

the skinny bow belt. 

Best part? I took me about 20 minutes from beginning to end!
This leather cord is extremely soft and easy to handle.
Inspired by... all the skinny bow belts out there!

the skinny bow belt: supplies

These are the tools I used:
leather punch
wire cutter
flat nose pliers
* scissors

The bill of materials:
* black round stitched 8 mm nappa - 2 meters 
(price is € 8.15/ meter and for bigger quantities the price goes down sensibly, to have access to their pricing be sure to register on their site!)
Gutermann Top Stitch Heavy Duty Thread 33 Yds: Black
* 1 - 1/2" metal buckle
* 1 - crimp ribbon pinch 10 mm
* 2 - end caps 8 mm diam.
E-6000 glue
hand leather needle

the skinny bow belt: how-to / tutorial

Cut the black round cord in three pieces:
The short one to make a ring: 3-1/2" long
The medium one to make a bow: 27" long
The rest will be used for the belt (you might need to cut it a bit shorter if it is extra long)

Make a bow in one minute!

Prepare your parts: 

Use the short 3-1/2" long piece of leather cord:
pull out and cut all the inner cotton part,
wrap it around in a circle and sew the edges together

Use the medium 27" long piece of leather cord: 
pull out 1/4" of the inner cotton part, on both ends,
use few drops of E6000 glue around the edge and 
use a toothpick to slip the ends into the end caps.
and let dry...
(the end cups outside diameter is 8mm - which is exactly like the diameter of the leather cord - while the inner diameter is 7mm so you need to remove the inner part to make it less bulky to be able to slip into the end cups)

Note: I liked the bow of the Burberry belt (first picture on the top left on my inspiration board) - you can make this bow smaller - just using less cord.
Now you have your pieces ready to make the bow... it will only take few seconds!

It's only a matter of twisting the leather cord into the loop... done in 4 moves!

Make the base skinny belt:

Wrap the longest piece of cord around your waist, (if you're planning to use the belt over your denim, measure it inside the belt loops, so you'll have the exact size), keep about  6" to 7" extra leather and trim the excess.

To remove the bulk of the leather cord,
pull the cotton inner part for 2" 

Cut the inner part

The leather cord will look like this
(compared to the other end)
Punch 3 overlapping holes at 1" from the edge 

apply with a toothpick some E-6000 glue
around the edges of the hole and let dry

Slip the leather cord through the 1/2" metal buckle
and place the pin of the buckle into the hole

bend the leather cord
and sew few stitches to block in place

on the other end of the leather cord,
pull about 4" of the inner cotton filler and cut it
Use the wire cutter to remove the ring on the
crimp ribbon pinch 10 mm

and squeeze tight with the flat nose pliers 

Use the  leather punch and punch the first whole at 3-1/2" from the edge,
and two more holes at 1" distance.

Now slip the skinny belt into the bow, flip the buckle on the back and you can take any outfit up a notch! 
Beside.... You can use the bow on any other skinny belt also in different colors, just to add a little pop!

xox, d.

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