Seat Belt Belt

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Introduction: Seat Belt Belt

About: I'm M@. If you know Prototype This, TechShop, The Best of Instructables, Show Me How, or AVPII: Requiem, you've seen some of my work and the cool stuff I've been involved in. I build and design and make and ...

Here's an instant hack for awesome indie cred. All you need is a car seat belt, scissors, a lighter, and something to sew with.

Step 1: Scraptastic.

I picked up this burgandy loverestraint at an auto scrap yard for five bucks. I trimmed the ends with scissors, and used a lighter to melt the ends so they wouldn't fray.

Step 2: Size at Your Leisure

I decided to leave on some extra length in the belt so that I could take the stitches out and resize it if I wanted later. I measured the belt around my waist, and marked a line on the longer strap where it overlapped with the shorter. I folded over the extra, and sewed it onto the other strap, then folded over the little tail that remained, and put a line of stitches into it.

Step 3: Finishing

After sewing and checking the fit I was pretty much done, however I found the metal tab was a little too wide to fit through most belt loops. I carved the corners down on a sander (a file or jewelers saw would work as well) so it would fit easier.

Step 4: Done.

Well, that's it. I'm done. I might make the belt adjustable sometime, but I don't really plan on expanding my waistline in the near future. Now it's time to lay back, and revel in the warm embrace of the family van.

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    46 Discussions

    You know that you can buy these from a skater magazine for about $15 and they are really nice and have a HUGE waist size it is adjustable and I have had the same on for years now.

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    what? your comment is that you can just buy it? why make it yourself? why are you even on this website? i just bet myself twenty dollars you hadn't posted any instructables yourself. guess what? i won. and no, you haven't posted any.

    Oh man, I can't wait to go to the junkyard now! (assuming our P.O.S. sewing machine actually works without jamming on anything stronger than toilet paper)

    If you look around a salvage yard you can find buckles of different sizes, the ones for the center back seat are usually smallest but may take more ingenuity to attach the material. Ive used seatbelt buckles for everything from demoderby car window safety nets and hood/trunk attachment to icechest locks ant gate closure but never considered using them for an actual belt !

    I just picked up that exact same belt at a local junkyard! I wanted a cheap one, and "useable" belts were $25, but I got this for free. Its plenty long enough for a belt, so I got a great deal...

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    Another good source of seatbelts- Firefighters doing vehicle rescue training. I have 6 old belts in my locker at the station that I cut out of rescue class vehicles. We use them for extinguisher slings. Woops! There's my next Instructable! Thanks for the inspiration!

    I'm not sure what the deal is with that loop... I showed this to my son and he REALLY wants one. But I want to know how to make it right for him... Any input about that mysterious (to me) loop...?

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    I had a bunch of spare seatbelt left after sizing it to my waist. I decided not to cut it off and just make it into a loop in case I wanted to resize it later. It could just as easily been taken away, but I didn't feel like getting rid of it.

    I wish step 2 had more description and/or pics. It's not really clear (to me, anyway) what you did to make the two pieces of seat belt to be one belt. It doesn't look like you just sewed them together or anything...

    For sizeability, this could be compatible with one of the three pronged clips from a messenger bag or guitar strap. Scrapyard away!

    I have some slacks like the one in the bottom picture those things are comfortable man there my favorite pants I have like 3 pair of them and also I have and old seat belt I've wanted to make into a guitar strap but I think I'm make a belt instead

    Haha. Now cops can't bust you for not wearing a seat belt. Imagine the look on their face when you say " But I am wearing a seat belt." x3

    Did you call it a "loverestraint"? I've only heard lapbelt. I'm just curious as to where that came from..my theory is that it restrains lovers trying to kiss????? lol or maybe it was a typo that was meant to be lower restraint? im very curious the anticipation is killing me!!!

    Hmmm. How wide is your seat belt webbing? I had considered doing this, but just assumed the webbing would be too wide for my belt loops. I suppose actually trying it out would be prudent, but hey, I'm lazy. Maybe U.S. seat belts are narrower and belt loops are wider than those in Canada? Maybe all my current pants lack that style factor of really big belt loops? Maybe I ask too many stupid questions? By the way, all I usually experience at auto wreckers are high prices and disrespect. Get to know some folks that enter demolition derbies. They'll probably give you all the seat belts you want, for nothin' or maybe a brew or 2.

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    Only about half my pants can fit this one. I've found that everything I have that's high end or more formal absolutely does not fit the SBB, but my work pants and jeans and cargo pants do. I'd say it's about 1 3/4" wide. Dunno, if you take a pair of demo drivers to a bar, at five bucks a beer you'd be looking at a hundred dollar seatbelt.

    if you have a pair of old jeans, you could prolly reuse the belt loops, or just cut the belt to size and melt the edge clean.