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Leather Belt Ring

By Whitehaus @wecanredoit
This ring project came about when I noticed that my hands have been pretty bare lately. Probably because I lose rings (and most other stuff I own) like nobody's business. This wasn't what I thought I was going to come up with when I began brainstorming, but I couldn't be happier with it! It's a tiny, totally functional belt ring. These are quick to make and virtually free.
Extra glad for this to be a remnants project, as my scrap box has gotten out of control again. Not that this tiny little scrap is going to make much of a dent, but it's a good excuse to make lots more for my friends.
Leather Belt Ring
-scrap of leather (or vinyl)
- 1/4" wide  buckle with center prong
Leather Belt Ring
Step 1: Measure the diameter of your finger.
Leather Belt Ring
Step 2: Cut a piece of scrap leather that's at least the length from above plus and addition 1", and with a width of 1/4".  Then, cut a second piece with a 1/8" width.
Leather Belt Ring
Your two pieces, when you've finished cutting, should look something like this:Leather Belt Ring
Step 3: Make a hole long enough for the belt prong to easily go through 3/4" away from one of the ends.
Leather Belt Ring
(Check that the hole is large enough, if not, enlarge it a bit before moving on to the next step.)Leather Belt Ring
Step 4: Use an awl to make 2 side by side holes just beneath the buckle.
Leather Belt Ring
Step 5: Secure by stitching through the 2 holes.
Leather Belt Ring
Step 6: Plan out where your sizing holes will be by putting the ring on your finger and pulling tight. Mark with a pen where the hole should be placed.
Leather Belt Ring
Step 7: From that mark make a few more 1/4" apart from one another.
Leather Belt Ring
Step 8: Make holes over each of the marks.
Leather Belt Ring
Step 9: The last step is making a keeper. With your 1/8" piece of leather, make a tiny loop that easily fits around the width of the ring.
Leather Belt Ring
Step 10: Use an awl to make a hole in each end of the 1/8" piece, then butt the ends together and secure with a tack stitch.
Leather Belt Ring
Step 11: Slip the loop over the ring and bring all the way up to the stitches. (Definitely make sure the loop is under the excess tail of leather in the back.)
Leather Belt Ring
Step 12: Again, break out the awl to make two holes in the leather. Be sure that you are going through both the top layer of the leather and the second layer folded beneath. Stitch through all. (This prevents the keeper from sliding around.)
Leather Belt Ring
Step 13: If you have a lot of excess leather at the end off snip it off.
Leather Belt Ring
There! A teeny, tiny belt:)Leather Belt Ring
-tape measure
-utility knife
-needle and thread
-hand sewing punch
Leather Belt Ring

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Love it!! but where did you find such a small buckle?