This is two instructables in one, as I will show two different ways to make a belt. One is version 1.0, and the second is 2.0, as it was easier for me to make, and also adds the luxury of being adjustable.
Step 1: Why do this anyway?
I have been accused of bringing home more stuff than I take to the dump. The problem is, I just see all those useful things, and hate to see them go to waste. Our city burns all of it's trash, and makes electricity out of the process. But then, of course, sells the power to the highest bidder.
I just couldn't stand the thought of a perfectly good camp lantern being burned...so I brought it home, and it is the one we use now.
Version 2.0 makes use of some leather working tools. A setter, and an anvil. Simple tools, that really make it possible to make a professional looking article, and they are cheap! Read on for more info.
So, here it goes...
Step 2: Look for a car that wants to donate a seat belt
In the city I live, there happens to be whole "junk" yards full of cars that want to donate their seat belts to a higher cause such as this.
Be sure the car is no longer in use, since seat belts are the law.
This place charges $4.00 for a seat belt ($2.00 per each end of the buckle). ***UPDATE*** They now charge $6.00 or $3.00 per each end of the buckle. Sheesh, prices going up everywhere! This "junk" yard is a self serve place, which I prefer. You pay $2.00 to get in the door, and then with your own tools can go get whatever you want, at great prices, since you are doing the labor.