Oh friends! Last week was the crux of a big project that I was working on so, my sincerest apologies for tantalizing you with hopes and dreams of beltmaking and then bum out for a week. Now, all is right with the world and we’ll really dig into those belts! Today we’re going to take a look at belting material. There are a few different ways to go about making a belt and having the right stabilizer can give your belt a more professional touch.
Traditional belt backing is on the verge of making a big come back these days, especially as fabric covered belts are on the rise. Belt backing has a polypropylene backing and then is fabric covered on one side – or one side is shiny and the other side is dull. Belt Backing comes in several different widths including: 1″, 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″, 2″, & 3″. How do you know which size to pick? Measure the length of the buckle bar or slide that the belting is meant to pass over and that’s the width you should buy for your belt. When buying a buckle, this amount should be what the size of the buckle is, for example: a 1 1/2″ buckle should go with 1 1/2″ belting. Make sense? Don’t have access to belt backing? Make your own with an extra stiff stabilizer like buckram or have a gander in the shop.
I’ve seen this type of belting mostly used in casual belts that include a seat belt buckle. Think straps on luggage too. Usually a cotton or polypro, this stuff is strong and can be brittle enough to make up a good belt. By the way, this is not normally a belting I go for, but after looking around at some images, especially the one above, I think these can make a great casual look. Great for jeans, don’t ya think?
Not all belts need to be extra stiff, right? So a good alternative to softer belts that need a little structure is interfacing – fusible or sew-in.
Elastic belting works especially well for those clasp buckles I was blathering about in my last post. Plus, if you can find a pretty elastic, these are such a cinch. You can also go with a regular elastic and cover it with fabric instead or use a stretch lace. Kind of classy, no?
I’m not exactly sure that “leatherette” is really what its called nowdays, but I had a vintage belt kit that contained this faux leather belting and that’s what they called it. You can find it nowdays over by the webbing at your local fabric store. It’s a faux leather belting and comes in several different widths, colors and types. This type of belting you can leave as is or cover with fabric.
Let your imagination go crazy with everything you could use for a belting. What about ribbon? Hey, who says you can’t? Petersham would be divine, don’t ya think? Vintage ties anyone? Yup. Those can make pretty stellar belts too. Just throwing out ideas. I’ll be covering quite a few tutorials and many with various items you might just have in your stash.