First Medieval Leather Belt
I wasn't actually planning on making a belt, but I had the right materials, so why not? I had a belt buckle, a long strip of leather, and a leather hole punch already. All I needed was some rivets. I like how it turned out, but I wish I would have spent a little more time trying to keep the holes centered and evenly distributed. Overall, I'm glad I made it.
Here is the belt buckle that I used. My brother gave it to me instead of throwing it out. It is nice and sturdy, and is big enough to look the part.
Making the belt really was quite simple. I first bent one end over about 3 inches, and then marked the bend. I cut a 1 inch hole in the center at that location for the prong to go through. I then punched three more holes (through both layers). These holes were for the rivets that would keep the end secured.
The only thing that I had to buy was the rivets. They cost $9.48 at Amazon. They came with a anvil and setter, so the only thing I had to do was put the top and bottom together through a hole with the leather in the middle, and then use the anvil and setter to permanently affix the rivet. Here is the result.
I also punched a couple of holes on the other end of the belt for the prong to go through. I found the location for the closest one by putting the belt around my waist and pulling it as tight as was comfortable. I then marked that location, and marked the locations for a couple more holes further out. I then punched the holes.
I then got dressed up and put it on! It was very comfortable, and I felt like I was in the midst of Middle Earth while I was wearing it. Altogether, I would a call it a success ( especially considering it was my first time making one).