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
Measure around your waist with a measuring tape and multiply that measurement by 2.5.
Cut a rectangle of fabric that is as long as 2.5 times the diameter of your waist, and 5 inches wide.
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.
Iron the rectangle so that it stays folded neatly.
Fold down the two long raw edges of the fabric ¼ of an inch down into the fold and pin them there securely.
Sew the two folded edges together, creating a finished edge. This gives you a tube that is open on both ends.
Fold down the raw edges of the end into the tube by 1 inch.
Sew the ends flat.
Wear the belt by looping it twice around your body and knotting it in front.
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