How to Use Buttons on Belts

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A group of buttons and some elastic covered with suede make an “artful” new belt.
Some simple supplies are all you need to make this belt and buckle.
I used two long strips of suede that I sewed wrong sides together along each side to make the tube.
A group of buttons and some elastic covered with suede make an “artful” new belt.


A group of buttons and some elastic covered with suede make an “artful” new belt.

Photo: Mary Ray
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I have a pretty big button collection including lots of large buttons that I’ll probably never use on garments. And I have a lot of single buttons that could be mixed together on a garment, but I don’t always want to do that, so grouping them on a buckle is a nice way to show them off. Besides, I love belts. They’re a great way to dress up and really personalize an outfit. I’ll show you a couple of ideas I used to turn buttons into buckles, and I’ll show you how to make a “cinchy” belt, too.

The “Artful” Buckle and Cinch Belt
When I was in junior high, one of the accessories I just had to have was a cinch belt. Years later, they were back in style again. I still had a tiny waist, so I bought one that was four inches wide and I wore it to death. Low and behold, they’re back in vogue again. My waistline has expanded, so a great stretch belt is an opportunity to be fashionable and comfortable at the same time.

What you'll need:

  • Wide waistband elastic that’s available in most notions departments
  • Fabric to cover the elastic
  • Flat hooks and eyes to close the belt
  • Heavyweight interfacing to back the ends of the belt
  • One or more buttons to make the “buckle”


Some simple supplies are all you need to make this belt and buckle.

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Comments (17)

AkhilGupta writes: just one word amazing
Posted: 2:26 am on December 16th
johan21 writes: like it
Posted: 3:17 am on December 9th
Lissa53 writes: love it
Posted: 6:02 am on November 14th
Lissa53 writes: love it
Posted: 6:02 am on November 14th
Sofia56 writes: amazing
Posted: 12:04 am on November 11th
jinkarten writes: wowwwwwwww. really nice
Posted: 5:35 am on October 24th
munezlaine writes: just one word - amazing :)
Posted: 11:22 am on September 11th
fosterlaine writes: quality work
Posted: 2:37 am on September 11th
sandylaine writes: always sharing this type of stuff
Posted: 10:01 am on September 10th
sunnylaine writes: awesome stuff
Posted: 1:37 pm on September 7th
Artisan1 writes: Wonderful Idea. I have aquired a very large collection of buttons, and am trying to find ideas for their use.
Posted: 12:44 pm on September 10th
SewingReview writes: What an excellent idea! I've been pondering ideas for buttons lately as well, this is perfect.
Posted: 11:42 pm on March 12th
susan72 writes: What would you make these from if real newbie?? Looks so cool and must have some. Me & daughter in law.
Posted: 8:07 pm on March 10th
Carolebarrel writes: How creative are these. Fabulous ideas. Thank-yu, thank-yu, thank-yu.
Posted: 10:48 pm on March 9th
ChessWidow writes: Great idea! Thanks for sharing. It seems that I can never find the right cinch belt when I want it & now I can make my own. I also have some large buttons that I bought on a whim (because they were on clearance) that would be great on a belt like this. :)
Posted: 6:03 pm on April 3rd
studiorouge writes: Love it!
Posted: 10:27 am on March 27th
Maureclaire writes:
Fabulous !!! Sooo exciting !
Posted: 4:04 am on March 27th
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