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/PhotoObjects.net/Getty 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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

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

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Instructions

  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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