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Fairly easy to make and adjustable Jedi belt

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:05 am    Post subject: Fairly easy to make and adjustable Jedi belt Reply with quote

Before I started reading threads on Rebel legion, I had an idea on how I would make a Jedi belt. I will say at the outset that the belt in this tutorial has a few chicago screws showing that would likely make this belt invalid for a specific character, but I thought it would be good enough for generic jedi, and I liked the idea in my head, so I rolled with it!

For convenience, I started with two pieces of chrome tanned leather from Springfield Leather, available on amazon. The Buffalo pieces they sell are usually about 60" long, so I was able to use just two pieces. If I had used vegetable leather in the 50" piece, I may have needed two, which I didn't want to pay for. In retrospect, I didn't realize how much softer the chrome tanned leather is and I am very glad I went that route. for reference, I used a 1" strip and a 3" strip for this belt.

Two Pieces of leather

At first I was going to leave the edge rough due to laziness, but the piece is actually fairly thick!

Rolled leather showing thickness

Then I saw a burnisher that went into a drill and knew that was the only way I would do something like this. Note that the chrome tanned leather is (apparently) much harder to burnish so the power tool method was a great choice. I made my own using a maple board, a hole saw and a long bolt. you drill a hole out of a board, bolt it throught then center and groove it however you need. Then I burnished both strips.

Post Burnishing

I wanted nice round corners, so I found two coins that were the appropriate diameter, clamped them on, and cut around them. Then I burnished the end (I burnished all edges, I won't keep mentinoning this Smile ).

One inch leather and two Euro coins = perfect

I left the main belt much longer than I needed (almost a foot longer) and placed studs so that they were about 72 degrees apart, using a loop in the back as a connection point. An important lesson I learned much later is that, if you have a very thick tabbards and obi, you need more belt! I ended up using a few inches of my expansion material. I also used the coins to round the corners. i finished this belt piece with the little stud things everyone uses.

Main belt with studs and loop

To make the over-belt adjustable, I put a whole bunch of holes in it. On one side, I put in a "extra-extra" holes to use which you'll see later.

Punched over-belt

I bought a cheap metal buckle from Amazon that I liked and use a chicago screw to hold it down. This should make it clear how the over-belt adjustment is accomplished.

Over-belt with buckle, fastened

Now I threaded the over-belt through the main belt, put on the other half of the buckle, and had the basic belt.

Basic belt

I had also cut some pieces of each strap, which I now used to make the loops around the over belt and the back of the whole belt. I also added a second chicago screw to the over-belt on each side because it thought it looked good.

The three loops

Here is the finished belt. This is a very heavy duty object! Is is donned by threading the main belt through its loop, then centering and clipping the overbelt. Again, very heavy duty.


At this point, I used my drill and solved a problem I saw mentioned in the forum relating to covertec clip fastening. I punched extra holes on one side of the overbelt so that the holes went to where the covertec would be, then I drilled a hole in the covertec clip and chicago screwed it to the over belt. This is not coming off, ever.

Covertec screwed to the over-belt

At some point while working, I realized that the costume I was making was basically just a few pouches short of qualifying for generic jedi, so I made a plan and bought a single 12"x12" square of soft, thin, cheap leather. I cut it in to pieces for three pouches and side bits.

leather after cutting

I also used some extra strap to make belt loops and "washers" since the leather was so thin. This is the only reason I was able to provide any structure to these floppy pouches. I stiched the pouches after punching holes with an awl I borrowed. Then I used extra chicago screws to put on the belt loops and I used extra studs for a rudimentary closure. Note here. I had to go back later and "outline" the holes where the studs go through to make the leather stiff enough to stay closed.

They aren't the same quality as the belt but they exist

Thanks for viewing!
Randy82103: Parent, Engineer, Triathlete, Star Wars Fan

My younglings call me Jedi Master Revali. Yes that's a character from Legend of Zelda, and yes I think that's awesome!
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