Fabric belts are pretty easy to make, and I'll show you how to make them stiff enough to support bags, knives, mugs, or whatever else you can think of.  Want to make interchangeable bags to hang from your belt?  I've got you covered: https://www.instructables.com/id/Interchangeable-Utility-Belt-BagsPouches/

You will need:

Fabric for the shell of the belt (can be two different colours; then it's reversible!)
Fabric for interlining (you may omit this if your shell fabric is heavy and stiff)
Ultra-stiff sew-in interfacing/stabilizer (you may omit this if you don't need your belt to bear weight)
Something to secure your belt - a clasp, a large D-ring, etc.
Optional: 1-inch D-rings

If you are going to use a normal belt buckle, you will also need:
A leather punch
A belt buckle of the appropriate width

Note: If you buy things from Jo-Ann Fabrics, always use the coupons!  I never pay full price there.

Plus normal sewing things: thread, scissors, pins, measuring tape or ruler, pen/pencil/chalk, etc.

For inserting the interfacing, you will also need a hand-sewing needle and a cork, rubber eraser, or similar item.

Step 1: Cutting the Fabric

Measure around your waist or hips where you plan to wear the belt, including any overlap you will need.  Cut a strip of your fabric as long and as wide as you require, adding one inch to the length and to the width for your seam allowance.  If you are going to use a normal belt buckle as your closure, add another 1.5 inches to the length.

If you are tapering one (or more) end, as I am doing, sketch the taper shape on the wrong side of the fabric with a coloured pencil or chalk.  To ensure it is symmetrical, just sketch one half of it on the fold.  Also sketch 1/2" in from your cut line, to ensure it will look right after taking into account seam allowances.  Fold your fabric in half lengthwise, then trim your shape.

Cut a second strip of your shell fabric, and two strips of your interlining (if you're using it).  If you've tapered one end, it is helpful to trace your original strip to ensure an exact match.  I also like to trace a mark at each end of the long straight sides, and then use a yardstick to get a perfectly straight line.

Stitch each interlining piece to the wrong side of a shell piece, with a smaller seam allowance than normal.  Since we're using a 1/2" seam allowance for the rest of the sewing, we use a 3/8" seam allowance for this step.  This ensures the stitching from this step will be fully hidden within the final seam allowances.  Trim the interlining a bit.
Forgive me if I'm missing anything obvious, but what are the optional D rings for?
<p>You can clip or tie things to them. I clip things to mine with a spring clip.</p>
Ok, thanks!
clever tips! thanx
Thank you. :)
Do you sell these ?
No, I don't. Sewing takes more time and effort than people think, and to make it worth my time I'd have to charge much more than I think most people would be willing to pay.

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