I think belts are an awesome accessory.  With my “mom” wardrobe (jeans and a shirt), I like that I can add a little style and polish to a simple outfit just by adding a belt.  I’ve made a few fabric belts in the past, and this is my first go at making a leather belt.  The incredibly soft leather provided by the Leather Hide Store was a breeze to work with, and I’m thrilled with the end result.

I experimented with the leather and my die cut machine, and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I could use my embossing folders to emboss the leather.  I then decided to see if I could cut the leather with my cut/emboss dies.  These particular dies couldn’t cut the leather all the way through, but they created such a pretty impression that it gave me the idea to make an embossed belt.

(By the way….my Tim Holtz Sizzix dies did cut through the leather, and I made some fun leather tags.  I’ll share that tutorial soon!)

Supplies:

Step one:  Cut the leather to the length and width desired.

Step two:  Run the strip through the Big Shot to emboss the butterfly shape on the leather.

Step three:  Trim the ends to fit the buckle.  (I reused a buckle from a broken belt.)  Sew one end onto the buckle, and punch a hole in the other end.

 

Simple, quick, but chic!  I need to find some alphabet dies so I can write my name or a favorite phrase on my next belt.  Leather paint could be used to highlight some of the design, too, if you want more color.

I’ve teamed up with the Leather Hide Store for a fun giveaway!  You can enter to win this belt PLUS a leather remnant (similar to the one I used, pictured below) that you can use to make whatever you want!  This remnant is valued at over $50, and the quality is excellent for all your crafting needs.  Good luck!

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Disclosure:  I was provided the leather remnants for the project and for the giveaway by Leather Hide Store, but all ideas, tutorials, and opinions are my own.

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