Got piles of clothing building up in the back of your closet?  How about that sequined shoulder padded dress that hasn't graced us with its presence since the 80's. Or what about that black studded belt from your punk phase.  Either way, this is your chance to break them out and give them new life!

To enter the Betaband Belt Reuse Challenge, just make a new Instructable that shows how you've reused or modify an article of clothing or belt. It can be practical or purely fashionable.  You can cut it up, add to it, whatever your heart desires.  The winners will win some awesome prizes from Betabrand, including their brand new Belted Laptop Sleeve!

So go dig out your old clothes.  We can't wait to see what you make!

International entries are welcome! Multiple entries can be entered, but each entrant can only win one prize.

The Betabrand Belt Reuse Challenge is closed.

Grand Prize


Grand Prize (1 winner)

Betabrand's DARPA Hoodie plus Belted Laptop Sleeve

Science meets fashion in this unique 12-part anorak with state of the art technology and eye catching details.  You'll stay warm and dry in your stylish new DARPA hoodie!

Betabrand introduces its newest accessory - the Belted Laptop Sleeve.  This corduroy carrier allows you to form the frame and shoulder strap with your very own belts.

Also included is an Instructables Prize Pack which includes a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!

First Prize (3 winners)

Belted Laptop Sleeve

Betabrand's original Belted Laptop Sleeve puts you in control of your computer and your style.  Choose your favorite belts to form the frame and shoulder strap of this corduroy laptop sleeve, keeping your laptop snug, and finding a great way to reuse those old belts!

Also included is an Instructables Prize Pack which includes a one-year Pro membership, t-shirt, and more!

Runner-Up (5 winners)

An awesome Instructables prize pack including an Instructables t-shirt and a one year pro membership.

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Oct 25, 2010 and Dec 5, 2010 (11:59pm PT).


Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Betabrand Belt Reuse Challenge. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.


Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.


Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.


A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.


When the winners are decided they will be announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.

1. All federal, state, and local taxes on prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. No purchases are necessary; void where prohibited by law.

2. Participants agree to abide by all decisions of Instructables, contest co-sponsors, and judges, which shall be final and binding with respect to all issues relating to this contest.

3. Prize is not transferable and no cash alternative or prize substitution is available. Instructables and contest co-sponsors reserve the right to substitute a similar prize of equal or greater value if the prize listed is unavailable for any reason. All potential winners are subject to verification at the discretion of Instructables and contest co-sponsors.

4. Winner agrees that prizes are being provided "as is", and Instructables and contest co-sponsors make no warranty, representation or guarantee regarding the prize, including but not limited to its quality, condition, merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

5. Instructables and contest co-sponsors are not responsible for problems including (but not limited to) damaged, incorrect, inaccurate, lost, delayed, or defective entries, or for injury or damage to any computer resulting from participation in this contest. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void.

6. Instructables reserves the right to modify, cancel, postpone or end the contest at any time as necessary, at its sole discretion, or to disqualify any participant or winner, at its sole discretion, deemed to have cheated, destroyed, obstructed, or otherwise acted illegally or in bad faith in relation to this contest.

7. Instructables reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds, in its sole discretion, to be in violation of the Terms of Service; to be acting in violation of these Official Rules; to be acting in a unethical or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

8. By submitting an entry and entering this contest, you represent and warrant that: you are over the age of 18, or entering with the knowledge and permission of your parent or guardian (subject to verification), and that the entry does not contain or incorporate the intellectual property and/or confidential information of any third party.

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