For those of you who love Batman to death just like me, Halloween is around the corner, and I hope you all enjoy the Utility Belt I made for this theme! I got this batman buckle at Spencer's and found it very interesting and inspiring. Starting from a regular heavy duty leather belt, I then created two leather pouches and a Batman-logo shaped money clip. Here you are, an one and only Batman Utility Belt. Feeling pretty proud of making this bad boy, I would love to introduce the process to all of you.
Step 1: Prepare the Belt Blank
Pic1: Draw out your belt pattern and prepare a 1 3/4 inches belt blank.
Pic2: Shape the belt end with your finished pattern.
Pic3: Use a splitter to thin the end of the belt, in order to make it easier when attaching to the buckle.
Pic4: Use a leather creaser to crease belt border according to the pattern.
Ready for the wetting and pattern transferring.
Step 2: Finish the Carving and Tooling
Pic1: Damp leather using a spaying bottle or a sponge.
Pic2: Transfer the pattern to the damped belt using a transfer paper and tracing pen.
Pic3: Finish pattern tracing.
Pic4: Carving the belt using a swivel knife.
Pic5: Tool leather using proper leather stamping tools as shown in the picture.
Step 3: Finishing Process of the Leather Belt
Pic1: Tooling has finished.
Pic2: Using a Leather edge beveler to bevel the edge of the belt.
Pic3: Using Black Fiebing's oil dye to dye the leather belt.
Pic4: Finish the edge of the belt using gum tragacanth and slick wheel.
Pic5: Attach belt to the buckle, then add a loop.
Step 4: Batman Bill Clip Making Process Part1
Pic1: Design the pattern.
Pic2: Cut out the shape from a piece of 6oz vegetable-tanned leather.
Pic3: Finished piece.
Pic4: Groove two channels on the back of the leather so that you may easily fold the leather later.
Pic5: Finish dyeing and sew the belt loop on your Batman-logo shaped leather piece.
Step 5: Batman Bill Clip Making Process Part2
Pic1: Belt loop attached.
Pic2: Insert magnet for the belt clip (make sure you set at right direction).
Pic3: Glue on pigskin lining for the bill clip.
Pic4: Punch holes using a punching plier for sewing.
Pic5: Hand stitch the bill clip.
Pic6/7: Finished item.
Step 6: The Process of Making Utility Pouch
Pic1: Prepare leather piece from the pattern and finish dyeing all of them into black.
Pic2: Install silver line 24 snap.
Pic3: Sew a belt loop on the belt and start assemble.
Pic4: Finished product.
Step 7: Done!!! the Coolest Costume Accessory You Will Ever Get!
After all the above steps, you will finally get this insanely amazing Batman Utility Belt for one of the happiest moments of a year, Halloween! You can also put cards or cellphone in the pouches and clip money under the bat wings, get wild and have fun!!!
Tons of thanks to my wife, for being incredibly supportive along the way!