Make All The Things: DIY Cosplay Leather Belt Tutorial

Thanks for stopping by this week for another Make All the Things post!! I’ve actually got somewhat of a hybrid tutorial this week, as the belt I made is for our Cosplay writer, Dixie to use with an upcoming Cosplay she’s going to be hopefully debuting at GenCon 2015!

Anyway, let’s get to the making!

Step 1: Gather your supplies.


What you’ll need:

  • Long strip of leather/pleather/whatever really.
  • Belt Buckle
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Hair Clips/Bobby Pins
  • Hole Punch (not pictured above)
  • *Optional= Spray Paint (not pictured above)

Step 2: Measure & Mark it!

step 2Use your ruler to measure the width of the belt buckle where the belt will go, then add about 1/2 inch (so if you measure your belt needs to be 1 inch thick, you’ll actually cut your fabric to be 1 1/2 inches wide. This is to allow for your fabric to be folded over to create a nice clean edge. Its also worth mentioning that I found it easier to make lots of dots on the fabric side of my leather strips instead of trying to make a huge line to cut.

Step 3: Cut your strips.


Follow the dots and cut your strip of leather! It’s that easy!

Step 4: Clip & Sew!

step 4

Using either bobby pins or hair clips, fold the edge of the fabric over 1/4 of an inch. Using these instead of regular sewing pins leaves no pin holes behind in the leather. Using your needle and thread, sew up each side of the belt. Leave both ends unfinished for right now!

* Optional Step: Spray paint your belt buckle


If you want/need your belt buckle to match your belt, use spray paint and apply 1-2 coats. Make sure to live the middle prong of your belt to spray paint under it at well. If you are making this belt using different colors, you may not need to spray paint it and can skip this step.

Step 5: Attach Your Buckle!

step 5

Take your belt and hold it up to your buckle, and cut a slit in it as shown.

step 6Using one of the clips to hold the pieces down, sew up the edges to the belt so that it looks like the photo on the right.

Step 6: Make your belt holes!


I used a hole punch because I’m awesome. If you have an actual tool to make belt loops, by all means use it! Put the belt on to figure out where you need to punch holes.

Step 7: Finish it up!

Finally, put your belt on to see where you need to finish off the edge of your belt. I made mine a straigh edge, but you could make yours curved if you prefer!

That’s it! I’d love to see how other’s have done thier belts!





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