How to Make a Medieval Belt

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How to Make a Medieval Belt
Use a brocade belt to offset an elegant dress. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

During the medieval era, belts were used to hold objects like pouches or daggers, as well as to give tunics some shape by drawing them in at the waist. A belt might be made of leather or cloth, and particularly poor people made do with a length of hemp rope knotted around the waist. If you are making a medieval costume, finish it off with a simple cloth belt made from a thick brocade or sturdy wool fabric.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Measure around your waist with a measuring tape and multiply that measurement by 2.5.

  2. 2

    Cut a rectangle of fabric that is as long as 2.5 times the diameter of your waist, and 5 inches wide.

  3. 3

    Fold the rectangle in half along the length, giving you a narrower strip. If there is a right side, the right side should be facing out.

  4. 4

    Iron the rectangle so that it stays folded neatly.

  5. 5

    Fold down the two long raw edges of the fabric ¼ of an inch down into the fold and pin them there securely.

  6. 6

    Sew the two folded edges together, creating a finished edge. This gives you a tube that is open on both ends.

  7. 7

    Fold down the raw edges of the end into the tube by 1 inch.

  8. 8

    Sew the ends flat.

  9. 9

    Wear the belt by looping it twice around your body and knotting it in front.

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