How To Make A Snake Belt?
Are you curious how difficult it is to make a belt? Are snake belts a stylish fashion accessory? How were the snake belts made traditionally? Faux leather or genuine snakeskin; which material should you use to make a belt? And lastly, how to make a snake belt?
I am James Adams, a fashion designer with a love for snakes which has encouraged me to become a part of the Snake Store® Team. Besides my job as a stylist, I am also a crafty person and create my own unique fashion accessories in my free time. Today, I want to share my favorite Do-It-Yourself guide on how to make a Snake Belt.
Crafting a snake belt is easy and low cost compared to commercial varieties. Firstly, you will need to gather your kit, including a cutting board, measuring tape, sharp blade, marker, sewing kit, leather of choice, and a buckle. The next thing is to follow a few simple steps to craft your stylish snake belt.
In this article, we will learn about;
- History of belts and snake motifs
- Belts as a fashion accessory
- A look at traditional craft of snake belts
- The ideal choice of the belt material
- A brief how-to guide to make a snake belt
It is unimaginably easy and fast to craft your own stylish belt. After reading this guide, you can consider yourself a belt craft master;
1- Snake Belts in Fashion
Snake belts are versatile accessories that can change any ordinary outfit into a sensual look. But before we go through the snake belts in fashion, let’s have a quick look at the history of belts and their function in modern garments.
a) Role of Belts in Styling
Ever wondered why we wear belts? Belts are a historic remnant of non-elastic pants and dresses. They were made to hold the garment tightly around the body or keep personal items such as swords and daggers handy.
Today, the belts have taken a more aesthetic form and used as a complementing accessory for the looks rather than as a functional piece. They accentuate the waistline by making the waist look smaller and add a lining that brings out the body curves.
Although belts are a men’s wardrobe staple, they play an important role in adding a tasteful twist to plain textures and mono color looks in women’s outfits.
Belts have a vast kingdom; they range from belts with pave diamonds and precious metals, to rugged military canvas looks, to animalier patterns.
b) Snakes as Popular Belt Motif
Snakeskin were first used by the aboriginal communities, although there are no historic records of the first belts made with snakeskin or snake shaped buckles.
In modern society, belts themed with snakes have been around for over two centuries. Snake belt buckles were worn by colonial soldiers in the late 19th century. Later, leading fashion brands started a frenzy on snakeskin products, which was popularized through snake bags, snake shoes and of course, snake belts.
The exotic look of these accessories increased the public demand for more, soon after their initial introduction to the mass market a century ago.
The snake belt is a versatile accessory that can go with several styles, like a casual outfit, formal looks, and party wear. Given the right color combination, I’d personally use this stunning fashion accessory everywhere.
2- Traditional Snake Belts
The approach of modern day designers to the use of snakeskin is changing, by leaving the genuine exotic leather behind and adopting more sustainable alternatives. Although snake belts were made of genuine snake leather. Let’s have a look at snake belt making tradition together;
a) How Were the Snake Belts Made Originally
The snake belt became a trend, along with other accessories made from snakeskins. Pythons and cobras prints were the most fashionable, although rattle snake’s rugged scales also became popular.
To create this line of accessories, snake leather was processed and then used in the manufacturing of bags, shoes, belts and even snake dresses.
b) Snake Belts as a Fancy Accessory
The procedures involved in making snakeskin are not the same as any other leather crafts. Because of the delicate nature of snake leather, it requires masterful handling and experience.
Additionally, snake farms are relatively a new concept and back in the beginning of the snakeskin trend, all the snake leather came from the wild- a tedious task of spotting and hunting these shy animals that also possessed the ability to bite or poison the poachers.
These factors contributed to the high prices of snake leather; hence it was affordable only to the elite folks of society. Even today, snake belts are associated with high fashion and elegance- despite the material they are made from.
c) Take your Pick; Faux or Genuine
The choice between genuine snake skin and faux leather is an important one. Most of the snakeskin available is sold in the black markets. Despite the possibility of facing legal issues, this choice is more about the environment and preserving its natural treasures- including snakes.
Faux snakeskin is accessible at lower costs, in addition to a prolonged durability and lower maintenance. These materials imitate the original morphs of a snake in ways that one can barely tell the difference. And lastly faux leather is much easier to cut, sew and craft into an elegant snake belt.
Snake motif belts are highlighted as a chic accessory, mostly because of the cultural associations with these fashion icons in the past. If you are keen on knowing more about snakeskin leather, this article takes you through the journey of genuine snake leather from the wild to the stores.
3- How to make a snake belt; a DIY Guide
The process involved in snake belt changes mostly based on the materials used; genuine snake leather, faux snakeskin imitation, or normal cowhide leather with a snake buckle. Now, it is time for the how-to part. Gather your material and let’s get started with Do It Yourself.
You will need; a measuring tape, cutting set, sewing kit, a belt buckle and the faux snakeskin.
a) Precise Measurements
You can measure your favorite pre-made belt or measure your own waistline and include an additional 12 inches to embed the buckle and leave space for adjustments.
After measuring the length, consider how thick the belt would be; this is based solely on preference and how you are going to wear it. Is it going to be won over a dress, or does it have to pass through the belt loops of your pants? These questions would give you an idea on your belts’ width.
Remember, be specific while doing the measurement and use a marker on the interior side of your leather material for the next step.
b) Cutting Your Way Through the Markings
Use a flat surface to lay your material on and follow the markings as precisely as you can to cut the leather.
You can use a large cutting board at the bottom and a ruler to cut through the markets with a blade. This method gives you better maneuverability than a normal pair of scissors, which may end up looking frayed and wavy on the edges.
c) Sewing the Edges
Sewing the edges helps enhance the look but it is mostly done with the purpose of your belt’s durability; you can use sewing techniques such as slanted whip stitches, back whip, cross stitches, lazy S, etc. I personally prefer the look of the slanted back stitch with a thin thread to avoid covering any of those beautiful morphs.
d) Time to Buckle Up
After sewing the edges all the way to both ends, it is time for the centerpiece, or the belt buckle. Make sure to add a buckle that is in harmony with the color of your leather. It doesn’t have to be the same color, as long as it has complementing hues. Also, the buckle size should match the thickness of your belt.
Depending on your personal judgment, you can choose buckles with clasp mechanisms such as ratchet, roller, slide or peg in the hole. If you prefer the latter, you must also make 3 or 4 holes in your belt.
Before buying a buckle, always pay attention to how it attaches to your belt. There are different methods involved in fixing up a buckle to the main part of the belt. They can be stitched, slide on, screwed in or just be clipped on. If you want to cut down the use of tool requirements, stitch on variety is the perfect choice.
Making a belt is an easy craft, if you are giving enough passion, attention and precision to the task. If you are feeling crafty and have hands-on skill with mending metals, you can also make your own buckle for a DIY masterpiece.
4- Premade Artisan Belts Options
You have learned that belts are more than functional accessories in today’s garment culture, and more about styling standards and aesthetics. Speaking of aesthetics, you have also grasped that snake belts have been one of the most cherished varieties of belts, and marked as high fashion accessories.
And above all, you have mastered how to make your very own elegant snake belt with very basic materials and instructions. The next time you want to make a thoughtful gift to a loved one, you know where to look for inspiration.
Making your own snakeskin belts are great, but if you are a type for varieties, I suggest the Snake Belt Collection. A whole selection of textures, embossed textures, color and material are all joined to introduce a perfect set of snake belts. you can find a snake belt for every occasion- from office looks to home settings.