Webbing is a strong, versatile material that works well as straps or belting. Due to its woven nature, it holds up well to washing and repeated use. Making belts from webbing is a quick and simple project, and they make great, quick gifts. Additionally, you can embellish your belt to make it unique.
Webbing comes woven from cotton and from nylon. For belts, cotton webbing is best, due to its softness and strength. Nylon webbing is rough and can cut into or irritate the skin. Cotton webbing washes up easily and lasts for a long time. Additionally, it bends easily and works well against the skin.
Size and Color
The optimum size webbing for belt hardware is 1 or 1 1/4 inches wide. Most belt hardware is 1 1/4 inches, so either size webbing works well. Cotton webbing comes in a variety of colours -- bright, pastel and neutral -- in both sizes. Webbing is available at most craft and sewing supply stores and can also be purchased online.
Military-style belt hardware in the 1 1/4-inch size works best; it is available at many craft and sewing supply stores, and can also be purchased online. The belt hardware includes a buckle and a belt tip. Use a pair of pliers and a soft cloth when you apply the buckle and belt tip to the webbing, so that the metal doesn't get scratched. Using the pliers will make sure the hardware is tight and secure on the webbing.
To find the correct length of webbing to cut for your belt, measure your waist and add 8 inches. Cut off this length of webbing. When you measure, make sure you measure the exact place on your body where you want the belt to rest.
Cotton webbing will fray on the cut ends if left untreated. To seal the ends, apply a fray protectant to each end, or zigzag stitch each end. Finish the ends before you apply the hardware.
You can quickly and easily embellish your webbing belt by adding a length of ribbon. Make sure your ribbon is smaller in width than your webbing. Cut off the same length of ribbon as you cut for your webbing. Center the ribbon on the webbing and stitch it into place with a straight stitch. You can also embellish by applying lengths of fabric or strings of sequins.
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