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If you have a kit that has a hand cover buckle included, you’ll need to cover the buckle in a fabric of your choice. Get whimsy and cover your buckle in a coordinating print or textured fabric or you can leave it simple for a true vintage feel. You can find a quick how-to for how to cover your buckle here { http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/beltmaking-series-hand-covering-a-buckle }. You’ll also need to add the prong too. Let’s move onto the belting. You’ll need to cut the piece of belt backing to your waist measurement ( I measure over the clothes I’ll be wearing the belt with) plus 6 – 8 inches. I’ve been opting for the 6 inch side of things. Next you’ll need to cut a point on the end (or any other shape you desire – round, blunt, 3-cornered, etc.). If your belt backing is wonky from the packaging, soak 2 - 3 minutes in extra hot water, pat dry with a towel and press flat with a warm iron. Put this aside. Cut your fabric. I typically chop this off the end of a piece of fabric on the cross-grain – but you can go with cross grain or straight grain. You’ll need to cut a rectangular piece that is 2 times the width of the belt backing + seam allowances (example: for 1″ wide belting, cut a 3″ wide piece which would allow for a 1/2″ seam allowance) and that is also 2 inches longer than the length of your belting.


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