Sunday, January 29, 2012

diy: Colorblock Thread Wrapped Belt




I was browsing Polyvore a while back, and came across a $52 J. Crew belt. It was super cute, but I knew it could easily be DIY'd - and I happened to have all of the supplies on hand. It's really simple, and can easily be done within an hour or so.

Photo Credit: J. Crew, Amina Belt, $52


It's really easy to customize, especially with the endless color combinations of embroidery thread!






Supplies:

- Skinny belt
- Assorted colors of embroidery thread*
- Scissors
- Elmer's glue

* The amount of thread you'll need will depend on how much you want to cover your belt, and how much of each color you'll be using. I used all of the thread pictured above (2 full skeins and some leftover turquoise) but I ended up using extra thread I had in my stash. Luckily I had more of the same colors, which wasn't included in the photograph above. I'd recommend getting at least 2 skeins of embroidery thread in each color, just to be safe.



1) Choose a spot on your belt to start wrapping the thread. I started near the hole next to the hole I use to buckle the belt. Tie the thread around the belt with a few knots, making sure the knot on the back side.







2) Start tightly wrapping the thread around the belt.






3) Continue wrapping the thread until you're ready to start the next color. Slip the end under the thread that's already wrapped around the belt, and tie it off with a few knots.




4) Tie the next thread color. Cut off the excess, but not too much at first. You might need to re-tighten or re-tie some knots when you're all finished.





5) Repeat with the new color.





6) Continue until you're done with the entire belt. You can repeat the color patterns, or choose a random sequence. You can also either repeat or change the width of each color. Totally up to you.








7) When you're done, make sure all of the knots are tight enough to hold the wrapped thread in place. Then, cut off all of the excess thread.




8) Place small dots of Elmer's glue on each of the knots, and let dry completely.













This skinny belt came with a cardigan I bought from a Barney's NY Outlet (it was 70% off, plus my seasonal employee discount). The thread cost me about $2 total, and the belt was pretty much free since I already had it on hand. So in total, a similar belt to J. Crew's $52 belt cost me next to nothing, and it was in the colors I wanted. I might have to make more of these :)


xo, kirsten

58 comments:

  1. How nice :)
    Simple,smart,superb *{*

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  2. Looks great!

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  3. great idea, thanks for sharing

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  4. this is an easy one and outstanding at the same time...i must say i will try it out

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  5. This is amazing and such a simple DIY :)
    xx

    www.queenoffunkydiy.blogspot.com

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  6. Love it!
    Great idea, especially for a not really skilled diy'er as me ;)
    xoxo www.chicfashionfreak.com

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  7. looks easy enough to do myself!

    www.absurdlypeculiar.blogspot.com

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  8. great idea! can't wait to try it :)

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  9. Wow! Thanks for this great tutorial!
    This definitely beats paying $52 :D
    I also really like how you can customize it

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  10. Super cute! This technique also makes some really awesome bracelets.

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  11. What a great idea!! Definately going to give this one a go!

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  12. Never would have thought of this! Great idea got to try it.

    ~S
    Sing Simple

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  13. This is so neat! I have a belt that came with a sweater only it sits awkwardly on my hips so I don't wear it but I could use it for this project. Now I just need some thread.
    Great idea :)

    xo Amber P.

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  14. ooo...I'm in love! I have all these items in our cupboard/wardrobe waiting to be used. Potential lazy Sunday activity?!

    xx

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  15. So cute! Love the tribal influence! =)

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  16. Amazing idea!

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  17. I am going to do that for sure:) I will send you a picture:)
    ilovedoityourself.blogspot.com

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  18. Wonderful idea! And it is so easy!

    By the way I love your nail polish!

    Kisses from Hong Kong,
    Nicole

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  19. amazing! wow simple and amazing..

    xx from Poland:)

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  20. Thank you this is so handy, I love the threaded belt look and it's so ace to be able to do things yourself and personalise them but get the look too.

    Fab going to be trying this out!

    dp
    x

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  21. wow looks great !!!

    xoxo

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  22. this is cute, ive got too many plain belts, time to jazz them up. x

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  23. Love this will definitely try.

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  24. Great idea!

    xx
    http://eugenemarseille.blogspot.com/

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  25. So pretty! This is such an amazing idea!

    ox from NYC!
    -davie+erica

    http://www.lpfashionphilosophy.blogspot.com

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  26. Wow, what a cool DIY!! I love the resut, the belt looks great!!:D

    Stop by some time:D

    xxx

    Mia's Little Corner

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  27. very easy and very effective!
    xo

    mydutchfashionstyle.blogspot.com

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  28. you've got really nice posts, i've followed you @ bloglovin! xo

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  29. That is really cute! Thanks for sharing! <3

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  30. great post! =) I like it <3

    I would be glad if you visit my blog and tell what you think ^^
    and we can follow each other =)

    keep in touch <3

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  31. This is fantastic. Great idea!!!

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  32. really love the colours you've used!
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  33. Ah, I have so much of this embroidery thread lying around and never knew what to do about it! Great idea thanks for sharing

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  34. wonderful post honey!!! =D
    great style
    xoxo

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  35. Great idea!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    <3 http://cheap-luxury.blogspot.com/

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  36. What an incredible way to incorporate color into your style. Your blog has been inspiring me to start one of my own!

    Christina C

    exquisitesearching.blogspot.com

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  37. oh man, I am TOTALLY DIYing this weekend!
    I've seen it before but never thought to do it myself :)
    thanks for the great inspiration.

    Much love, Kelly.
    labellecoeurblog.blogspot.com

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  38. wow, so creative :D
    i'll try to make it, your blog is so pretty and informative. love it !

    xoxo,
    gitasyalala.blogspot.com

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  39. Hi! this is very nice. how many colors did u use?

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  40. I love this! It reminds me of a belt I found when I was in Guatemala, very tribal-esque :)

    http://theragolution.blogspot.com/

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  41. Love this Idea and looking so colorful belt! I also like to make homemade things because it's better than store-bought. You always share easy and great ideas.

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  42. omg this idea is amazing!
    realy love your blog and all the cool DIY-tutorials <3

    greetings
    cupcake and berries

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  43. Ooh that belt looks so cute ! The colours go so well .

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    x

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    I hope you will! XOXO

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  45. oh my gosh! i LOVE it! i will be doing this one for sure :-)

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  46. how creative you are! love it, i'm going to try this one! thanks for sharing! btw love you blog! =)
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  47. This is so innovative! I love it!

    <3 Kendyl
    www.boutine.com

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