Introduction: Make a Seatbelt Belt
Have you ever wanted a seatbelt belt free of Blood and other stains?
I in fact did, and upon seeing a few Ibles about these particular belts, but they all required snatching a used belt from some poor, dead, defenseless car. This belt, although not free, is clean, and that was a major factor for me. In this Instructable, you'll take a two part seatbelt from a supplier, and make it into a wearable, stylish belt.
Step 1: Supplies
This project takes in the range of 2-3 hours. And depending on where you get your belt, a little over $20
With this being a high quality belt, it will take some work. The tools required are as follows:
-A Seat Belt
-Sturdy work surface Not a Table ( Recommended, hammering is used)
-A kit for installing Snaps
-Razor Blade (Scissors if not accessible)
-Tape measure (Optional)
-Ice Pick (Or another very slender sharp object)
-Blow Torch (Lighter)
*Seriously. Get one from this website. this is where I got my two. They're cheap. Especially considering that some belts at walmart ar $20 and they look rather plain.
Step 2: Cut Off the Ends
The ends that attach into the car, are not useful when it comes to making a belt.
So, On a cutting block, Use your ruler and razor to cut a straight line just under the tag, successfully separating the end.
Then, after they're severed, you have to fuse (melt) the ends so the webbing doesn't fray. In a nutshell, You run the messy end over a flame (not too long, actually, just a second) until the end melts.
Repeat this step for all both ends.
In case you haven't checked the pictures as to which two ends I'm talking about, I'm referring to the two ends that would get attached to the car, NOT the two ends that will be the belt buckle.
Step 3: Separating the End for Snaps
Now, for the special end. Essentially, cutting the the male end (see picture) from the webbing.
Using either razor or scissors, cut through the webbing that holds the male end, so it is not attached to anything.
*Do not throw away the ~foot long piece of fabric that was attached to the male end. Please make note of the photo tag in photo 3.
And, just following the continuity of making sure your effort lasts a long time, don't forget to fuse the new edge.
Step 4: Starting the Snaps
Now, following the pictures, Thread the webbing through the male end, and hold it when you have enough space. Next, you need to find two points, An inch and a half apart in the center of the width of the fabric that will serve as the center of the snaps. Then, On your work space, use the ice pick to make a hole through both layers of fabric.
(For those of you who were wondering, the snaps are so this whole thing can fit thought your belt loops; undoing the snaps threading them through the loops, and snapping the male end back on to click the seatbelt together. Which may not be necessary depending on the size of the buckle, or if you have big belt loops)
Step 5: Install the Snaps
There are usually instructions on the packaging for the snaps, but for each set, there are two bases, a cap, and a post, with the post snapping into the cap. You insert the base through the Ice pick hole, place the post over it, and hammer it down (There is usually a rubber buffer and a setter) and repeat on the other side with the cap. Repeat for the second set.
You will need two full sets of snaps, so, x2 of what is shown in the picture.
Step 6: Sew What?
At this point you should have two ends of a seatbelt. The male and female end, and one end with two sets of snaps.
There are a couple of ways to do this step.
1) Sew it yourself. This requires a thick needle and thread. Too much time for me.
2) Be polite to your local upholsterer, really, it only takes the push of a button. I got my two for free. This should be your final step. If the end is two long for you, you can cut off the amount you want, and then fuse the ends.
Step 7: Optional Things
There's a plastic piece on some that is rather useless once it comes to this purpose. You can break it off, or leave it on. I left it on, and it doesn't really serve a purpose, but It wasn't really in my way.
Well, now you have a (hopefully) stain free belt. This is my first Ible, and I put some effort into it, I hope it paid off.
9 years ago on Introduction
Looks good. I have a buckle from my old truck and I'm going to use it to make a belt. I think I will use non-adjustable buckles and just use multiple snaps to size it
11 years ago on Introduction
very nice one question about the sewing. how difficuly was it do sew into
Reply 11 years ago on Introduction
You could do it yourself with a thick needle or you could bring it to an upholsterer to do ( That's what I did )
Reply 11 years ago on Introduction
built one last month after seing this. used an airplane seatbelt. worked really well.