DIY Trench Coat Ribbon Belt

Thursday, November 1, 2012

I have a basic black trench coat that’s great for not-too-cold rainy weather, but sadly, I lost the belt for it a while back when it slipped off unnoticed on the metro one day. Without the belt, it just looks like a shapeless black sack, so I’ve been avoiding wearing it other than going in & out of the office or walking around the neighborhood.  I wore it a could days ago when we were still getting the tail end of the Sandy rain, and had an impromptu thought that maybe I could make a belt out of something in the hall closet (aka the ‘closet of doom’ where we stash basically everything – open at your own risk!). I had some black ribbon with white trim and thought that maybe the ribbon could work as a belt.  I think it turned out pretty well for a quick & cheap replacement belt. Although mine is just black, this could also be a good way to add a splash of color to a jacket too! (The knot is kind of funky in this pic – take a look at the ones below for a better idea).
Materials: 
  • Ribbon (I used about 6 yards of 5/8″ ribbon)
  • Sewing machine & thread
  • Scissors

All I did was measure a piece of ribbon around myself to see how long I wanted it, then I sewed three strips of ribbon together since my ribbon was narrow. After the three ribbons were together, I double folded the ends so the cut edge was hidden and sewed them.

The end result sort of reminds me of a floppy seatbelt (but in a good way… if that’s possible…). The thickness of the ribbon seems good for a jacket belt – it’s thick enough to give it some durability and is easy to tie and untie. It’s nothing fancy, but I think it works as well as the original.

Here are some more pics of the finished product:


Like usual, Smokey wanted to get in on the action. It’s hard to take pictures when someone keeps laying on your work!

And I had to include this timer pic fail. Not exactly quality photography, but I kind of love it. Our puppy is such a goof.

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