How to Make a Braided Leather Hat Band or Belt

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How to Make a Braided Leather Hat Band or Belt
Three strands are used to create a standard braid. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Braiding is the process of interlacing two or more strands of a flexible material to create an interwoven pattern. A hat band is worn around the base of a hat, while a belt is an accessory that holds up trousers and skirts. Both hat bands and belts can be created using the same technique used to braid hair. The leather strands will not only make a strong braid but a fashionable one, too.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Leather strands
  • Scissors
  • Large safety pin
  • Cushion

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut three separate pieces of leather so they are each three times the desired length of your hat band or your belt.

  2. 2

    Align the tops of the three strands. Tie a single knot in the top of the three strands. Un-clip the safety pin and insert the sharp pin side through the centre of the knot. Attach the safety pin to the cushion to hold the leather strands still.

  3. 3

    Separate the three strands so they are each lying vertically parallel to one another. Lift the strand on the left side over the middle strand, so that it now lies in the middle position. Lift the strand on the right side over the middle strand, so that it now lies in the middle position. Repeat this braiding technique, pulling each strand with the same amount of force, until you have braided the desired amount of hat band or belt.

  4. 4

    Tie the end of the braid in a single knot. Trim off any excess leather with the scissors. Remove the safety pin. The leather braid can now be tied around the base of a hat or used as a belt.

Tips and warnings

  • Use different colour leather strands to create a belt or hat band that reflects your style and personality.
  • Scissors should only be used under the supervision of a responsible adult.

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