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How do you make macrame belts?

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To make a macrame belt, choose cording that knots easily, attach it to a belt buckle and then begin knotting the cording in the desired pattern until the belt is complete. Use different colored cording to make interesting patterns and designs.

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Many materials, from leather to jute or even ribbon, make good macrame belts but the method of construction is the same for all resources.

Step 1: Choose the belt material and cut to length

Start out with a long length of cording or rope so that there is enough material to work with. Cut to a length of 5 to 7 yards to start.

Step 2: Attach the cord to a belt buckle

The easiest method for this is a hitch knot. Take the cord, fold it in half and pass the looped end through a belt buckle. Bring the loose ends through the loop and pull to tighten. This doubles the cords used to make the belt.

Step 3: Start knotting the belt

Macrame uses a wide range of knots and knot combinations. Choose either simple knots or more complicated combinations to create a pattern. One simple pattern is to knot each cord end individually onto itself, then knot two cords side by side, then knot individually again. This alternates the knotting to provide a simple basket weave pattern.

Step 4: Continue knotting to the desired length

Stop periodically and measure the belt to get an idea of the length. Continue knotting until the belt reaches the desired length.

Step 5: Trim any excess cording

Once the desired length is reached, knot off the end and trim the cords, leaving enough length to pass through the belt buckle.

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