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Obi Belt

Added Sep 27, 2009

by mysalvage

Sydney, Australia






I made this Obi style belt for my friend’s birthday. It was made from an old pair of my girlfriend’s brown tweed work pants and a couple of old pillow cases from the thrift store.

I started by making the main section of the belt as a rectangle but ended up modifying it to be a more tapered shape. The main section of the belt wraps my waist once and the straps wrap around twice to tie in a knot at the back.

The main section of the belt is constructed of the leg of the pants and the plain yellow back of the pillow case. To construct the straps I selected a good repeating pattern from the front of the pillow case and joined 2 strips of the fabric together to make it long enough. The straps were backed by strips cut also from the leg of the pants.

Material Notes

brown tweed pants, iron on interfacing, cotton pillowcase




Garment Type
Casual, Evening Wear, Vintage
Cotton, Suiting

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    Nov 30, 2009, 10.21 PMby mysalvage

    Thanks for the lovely comments! I am going to make myself one soon so I will be sure to take some progress photos and post up a tutorial… watch this space…

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    Nov 29, 2009, 10.56 PMby ginasophia

    I have an obi belt on my to make list! I love this one. Do you have a tutorial or any tips for those of us going in.

    thanks for the inspiration!!

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    Nov 29, 2009, 10.11 AMby Ami Taf

    I really like this… especially the colors. I’ve always wanted to make an obi belt tho… never got around to it…. but I am inspired now.

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    Nov 28, 2009, 11.18 AMby tschasta

    cool new interpretation, not so classic elegant, more a little bit retro and sportychic

    i like it a lot

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