How to Attach a Buckle When Sewing

Written by emily weller
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If you are sewing a belt or a handle for a purse or other bag, you may want to attach a buckle to make the strap adjustable. Sewing a buckle, whether is it is a traditional belt buckle or a pair of D rings is relatively simple. If you are using rings, you will only have to wrap the fabric around them and sew it in place. If you are using a buckle with a prong in the centre, you will have to allow a hole for the prong.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fabric strip
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • 1-inch belt buckle or two 1-inch D rings
  • Awl (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut two 1 1/2 inch wide strips of fabric to the length you'd like, plus 2 inches.

  2. 2

    Set the two strips on top of each other, right sides facing in. Sew along the two long sides and one short side with a 1/4 inch seam.

  3. 3

    Turn the fabric strip right side out.

  4. 4

    Slide the buckle or D rings through the short side of the strip with the raw edges. Place the buckle or rings 1 1/2 inches from the edge of the strip.

  5. 5

    Mark where the prong on the buckle is on the fabric if you are using it. Slide the buckle off the fabric and use an awl to poke a hole in the fabric at the marked spot. Slide the prong through the hole from the wrong side of the strip of fabric.

  6. 6

    Fold the 1 1/2 inch of fabric on the end under the buckle or rings. Pin in place, the stitch in place on the two sides and along the short side. Also sew a row of stitches just underneath the buckle or rings to hold them in place.

  7. 7

    Poke a series of holes in the other end of the strip if you used the buckle, spacing the holes evenly so that the prong will go through them.

  8. 8

    Wear the belt or attach it to a garment or handbag.

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