Upcycle Necktie Belt with exchangeable elastic – perfect maternity and children’s belt
I have a REALLY BIG collection of neckties, as they are one of my favorite upcycling material and I started gathering them when I was still in school.
The original idea for this belt was to create a kids belt that grows with them as you can exchange the elastic. When my daughter was just 3 years old, she tried to wear belts all the time but because her belly was wider than her hips, they would always slip down. The other problem she had was dealing with the buckle… an impossible task for little people.
So I made her a belt from a necktie with an elastic band in the back and snaps to close. GREAT!
When I got pregnant I quickly realized that my regular (non-elastic) belts felt either too loose or too tight, depending on the time of the day and the activity I just did. I tried one of my daughter’s belts – just used a much longer elastic band in the back – and VOILÀ – my problems were gone. Perfect maternity belt!!
I made a few more belts, this time a bit longer, to fit my growing waist.
What you need:
– Old necktie
– Sewing needle and thread in colour of necktie
– 4 Kam snaps (I tell you, it’s worth investing in a few of those – you can use them for so many things!!)
– elastic band as wide as the necktie
What you have to do:
- measure how long you need the belt. I made the length about 10cm shorter than my pre-pregnancy waist, so I can still use the belts when I’m –hopefully- back to my old self. But whatever you measure, deduct 15cm of that measurement. That’s how long you want the necktie part of the belt
- cut the necktie in the measured length.
- Cut off about 4 cm of the lining of the necktie and then fold over the edges and sew it shut.
- Cut the desired length + 6cm of the elastic band, burn the edges with a lighter or candle, turn over 3 cm on each side and put the snaps in.
Soooo… What do you think?