How to Make a BeltBelts can make or break an outfit. They're so much more than a way to keep your pants up, the perfect unique belt can make a bland outfit exciting. A fashionable D-Ring belt can cost you over $100, but today we're going to make one ourselves for a fraction of that price. And the best part is: it's so easy with this simple step by step how-to!

This how-to demonstrates how to make a D-Ring belt with your favorite designer fabric. If you want a beautiful solid color D-ring belt, visit this how-to instead.

Okay, let's get started! Here's what we need:

  • 2 yards of 1" webbing (I used Lightweight Nylon Webbing, but almost any webbing will do.)
  • A 2 yard strip of fabric, 3" wide
  • Thread. You can choose a matching color, but sometimes a contrasting color looks great too. ( For example, a black fabric with white stitching. ) Experiment to see what looks best.
  • 2 D-rings, 1 inch
  • A metal belt tip - This gives us a nice finished edge without worrying about the fabric fraying.
  • Scissors
  • Pliers
  • A piece of scrap fabric
  • Fabric measuring tape
  • A sewing machine
  • An iron

Once you have all that together, you're ready to get started!

  1. Measure your waistline

    by wrapping the measuring tape around your navel. If you don't have a fabric measuring tape, use a piece of string instead. Then you can measure the string with a stiff utility measuring tape.

  2. Cut the Webbing

    How to Make a Belt - Cutting Webbing

    Add 8" to your waist measurement. This will be the length of the webbing. You'll need the extra length for the sewing process. Go ahead and cut the webbing to length.

  3. Measure and Cut your fabric to length

    Now, add 10" to waist measurement. This is the length of the fabric you'll need. Go ahead and cut the fabric to length.

    How to Make a Belt - Measuring Cutting Fabric
  4. Fold and iron your fabric

    How to Make a Belt - Ironing folding fabric

    Fold the fabric strip lengthwise so that it is only 1 1/2" wide. Be sure to fold it with the nice side facing inward. Line up the edges very evenly and use pins to hold it in place. I recommend you iron the fabric here to keep everything nice and flat.

  5. Sew a Tube

    Alright, time to get sewing! Make a tube by sewing the fabric along the long edge. You'll need to leave about 1 1/8" room inside the tube for the webbing. That gives us about a 1/4" seam allowance. Don't sew either end shut.

  6. Turn Fabric Right Side Out

    Now you have an inside-out tube. Let's get it turned right side out! Here are 2 ways to turn the fabric right side out:

  7. Iron the Tube

    At this point, you should iron the fabric tube flat. This will make it easier to insert the webbing correctly.

  8. Insert Webbing into Fabric Tube

    Fasten a large safety pin to one end of the webbing strip, so you have something rigid to hold onto. Insert the end into the fabric tube, and work it through. When the safety pin has been pushed through to the end, remove it and turn just a tiny bit of the fabric edges under and sew the end with a triple stitch. At the other end, there will be an extra 2" of fabric.

  9. Iron the Belt

    Iron the belt again on both sides.

  10. Sew the webbing and fabric together

    How to Make a Belt - Sewing webbing and fabric together

    Sew the webbing and fabric together with a seam close to each edge. I like to aim for it to be about 1/4" from the edge. It's very important to make sure the stitch goes through both the webbing and the fabric so the belt doesn't twist out of shape later.

  11. Thread Belt through D-Rings

    Take the end with the extra 2" of fabric and thread it through the two D-rings.

    How to make a belt - Attach D-Rings
  12. Create Loop Around D-Rings

    Fold the flap back around so it creates a closed loop surrounding the D-rings.

  13. Triple-stitch

    the flap to the body of the belt for a tight hold.

  14. Attach the Belt Tip

    At the other end of the belt, attach your belt tip. I do this by covering it in a piece of scrap fabric, then squeezing it with pliers. The scrap fabric is used to protect the belt tip from getting scratched by the pliers.

    How to Make a Belt - Attatch Belt Tip

That's it, you're all finished! As you can see it's really not difficult and once you get one or two under your belt ( no pun intended ) they'll be fast and easy. Once your friends see you wearing it, don't be surprised when they ask you to make them a custom belt too!