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Title: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Deimos Ordo on Apr 21, 2013, 03:46 AM
 :) Hello, Here is an easy way I found to make a girth belt.

All the items were purchased Wal-Mart that has a sewing section.  ;)

Supplies needed:
Clothesline Rope, Cotton takes dye the best. - Utility and Tools section - 4$
Burlap Jute - sewing/craft section - 63 cents a yard, 4 yards purchased, needed 3 - 2.52$
Hot glue gun and glue sticks - sewing/craft section - had this but if not - 4$
Overall buckles set - sewing/craft section - 1.25$
Plain white Elastic - sewing/craft section - 1$
Dye - Laundry Detergent section - 2.50$ (Lots of colors available USUALLY)
*Duct Tape

$15.00 or less and you can say you made it, Its Easy  :)

This method could be applied with any buckles(old belts), burlap(produce/potato sacks), cotton rope(the junk drawer) and dye(that dye you bought 3 months ago to darken some old pants) ... Just some hot glue and Voila  ;)


Step 1 - Wrap clothes line around something a tad bigger than you. After you Wrap, slide a piece of Duct Tape behind and wrap top to bottom to secure the rope for step 2.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215131945_zpsc25ce8ce.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215131945_zpsc25ce8ce.jpg.html)

Step 2- I hot glued Burlap strips on to stabilize  and hold together.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132023_zpsd9f6b3eb.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132023_zpsd9f6b3eb.jpg.html)

Step 3 - I have pulled off chair back and added more duck tape wrap where I will cut it open.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132025_zpscf73513a.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132025_zpscf73513a.jpg.html)

Step 4  - Burlap Jute Hot Glued on the ends and a piece is added to the interior for more stability.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132032_zps64f917b7.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132032_zps64f917b7.jpg.html)

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0216130011_zpse4c1f876.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0216130011_zpse4c1f876.jpg.html)

Step 5 - Both ends with Jute added, Hand sewn in elastic with Overall Buckles added.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0862_zps611402b1.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0862_zps611402b1.jpg.html)

Step 6 - Dyed once with Rit Dye, Dark Brown. I use the washing machine on small load to dye and then run shop towel load to clear it out. I will probaly dye it some more. The Dryer on low heat dryed it well and did not mess up the hot glue. The glue bonds well with clothesline rope and burlap jute.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0860_zps9d7f7276.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0860_zps9d7f7276.jpg.html)

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0863_zps14f02211.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0863_zps14f02211.jpg.html)

Hope this may help some, enjoy  :)
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Swift on Apr 28, 2013, 10:49 AM
Oh, I love simple girth belts, especially since I'm looking to make one. Thanks for the walkthrough, vod! :D
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Lem'zig Dee on Apr 28, 2013, 07:09 PM
This is great!
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Kandosii Tor on May 08, 2013, 09:25 PM
I've been looking for a way to close mine.  Those overall buckles would work great!
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Kir Ru'Kaya on Dec 28, 2013, 05:57 AM
I know that this topic hasn't been responded too in a while, but I am curious as to how this belt is holding up over time.

Have you had any difficulties with the hot glue coming undone?
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Kandosii Tor on Dec 28, 2013, 01:37 PM
I know that this topic hasn't been responded too in a while, but I am curious as to how this belt is holding up over time.

Have you had any difficulties with the hot glue coming undone?

The hot glue, in my opinion is probably the weakest part of the tutorial.  I hand-stitched everything on mine to make sure it stayed together.  It's time consuming, but it's a more permanent solution.  And stitching can always be reinforced with hot glue...
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Kir Ru'Kaya on Dec 31, 2013, 02:08 AM
Thank you for the response!

I'm not a fan of using hot glue myself, especially on moving parts. There just isn't enough bonding strength, and the melt temp of hot glue is too low for Texas weather!

However, I will agree that for a first pass, hold it together while you stitch it together, it's a decent idea.

I'm digging the build sir, I will certainly use your ideas when I get mine together.
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Jul 03, 2014, 03:17 PM
Bookmarked, swapping out the hot glue for Liquid Stitch glue.  Will also be sewing things in place.
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Kara Kelborn on Nov 25, 2014, 03:48 PM
Awesome tutorial:D Thanks, will try it.
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Erio J'uni on Nov 25, 2014, 04:14 PM
Brilliant!
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Vharris Tykho on Feb 20, 2015, 09:00 PM
Step #1... what do you define as 'a tad bigger' than our waist?
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Barak Setonas on Mar 30, 2015, 08:47 AM
 This is a great idea, thanks!
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Rotobon on May 29, 2015, 01:46 PM
Shouldn't the rope be dyed before doing all the steps?
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Mig Gilamar on Jun 27, 2015, 08:19 PM
I'm using this method. I measured my waist, then cut a 1x6 board 1/2 of the measurement.
I then wrapped the rope around the board and followed the instructions. Seems to be working so far. I used hot glue and will be reinforcing everything with stitching.

(http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j4/cscollins3181/40A07412-4CE0-4316-A4C8-3BF3B96B7C87_zps6x5dwbbd.jpg)

(http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j4/cscollins3181/84BA0580-BBDA-4B61-8A40-48E9E1ED1B0E_zpsjqzzeka3.jpg)

(http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j4/cscollins3181/A2A37B97-4083-4A50-83FB-41ED29B6368E_zpszngdjwwl.jpg)
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Vash Kartan on Dec 02, 2015, 10:33 AM
I'm about to start making my girth belt using this method, would swapping hot glue for E6000 be a better idea for overall strength and flexibility?
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Zedrin Ho'dag on Dec 02, 2015, 10:55 AM
The closure method is brilliant!  I am so going to steal that idea  ;)
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 02, 2015, 01:29 PM
Get parachute clips, if you can. The closures I used for my first version broke.
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Jorbe Falco on Dec 03, 2015, 10:28 AM
Just curious on what diameter rope you guys are buying? I was looking at 1/4 inch rope.
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 03, 2015, 08:00 PM
It's cotton clothesline, mostly.  In the hardware section of WalMart.
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Ju'siik Kelborn on Dec 04, 2015, 08:58 AM
Be aware that the clothsline at Walmart (at least my Walmart) is a blended cotton/poly mix, and may not dye as well. I ended up getting some rope on sale from JoAnn's that I will use. It's currently waiting to be dyed. I'll post a picture of it here when it's complete.
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Dec 04, 2015, 10:23 PM
That's why I said "Hardware", not "Housewares".  My first girth was the poly-blend, and I had to use spray paint to get the orange tint.  The ones in the hardware department are 100% cotton. ;)
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Ju'siik Kelborn on Dec 04, 2015, 10:47 PM
Ah... lol... that makes more sense. :)
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Kavryn Falco on Dec 08, 2015, 10:43 PM
Good to know! My housewares-clothesline girth also goes in the "miserably failed to take dye, gave up and spraypainted" column :P
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Ju'siik Kelborn on Dec 08, 2015, 10:52 PM
Nice :) I hope that mine won't shrink too much during the dying phase (being 100% cotton in hot water).  :o
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Hamus on Dec 18, 2015, 10:08 AM
did mine using this method, and I must say it worked out quite well  8) will post pics for those interested
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Cakes on Dec 20, 2015, 09:08 PM
Awesome tutorial! Thanks for making it, I used it to make mine. Swapped out the rope for braided leather cord and have straps for adjusting.
(http://i892.photobucket.com/albums/ac128/BrandonT98/Mando/11030652_10153746786194898_3253906880974575095_n.jpg) (http://s892.photobucket.com/user/BrandonT98/media/Mando/11030652_10153746786194898_3253906880974575095_n.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Kruser on Jan 29, 2016, 01:32 AM
Great tutorial.  I am super pleased how well it turned out for how fast it went.  I added a small strip of styrene plastic on the buckle post side to make it a little more ridged.  Only thing left to do is dye it!  :D

(http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af169/Eighty0ne/Mandalorian/20160128_214911_zpscd29mcvf.jpg) (http://s1004.photobucket.com/user/Eighty0ne/media/Mandalorian/20160128_214911_zpscd29mcvf.jpg.html)

(http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af169/Eighty0ne/Mandalorian/20160128_214723_zpstizlmy6f.jpg) (http://s1004.photobucket.com/user/Eighty0ne/media/Mandalorian/20160128_214723_zpstizlmy6f.jpg.html)

(http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af169/Eighty0ne/Mandalorian/20160128_210455_zps1bgtp57q.jpg) (http://s1004.photobucket.com/user/Eighty0ne/media/Mandalorian/20160128_210455_zps1bgtp57q.jpg.html)

(http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af169/Eighty0ne/Mandalorian/20160128_210526_zpsufhvuljq.jpg) (http://s1004.photobucket.com/user/Eighty0ne/media/Mandalorian/20160128_210526_zpsufhvuljq.jpg.html)

*edit to add:

Dyed and drip drying!  :D

(http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af169/Eighty0ne/Mandalorian/20160131_221510_zpscxcghzpx.jpg) (http://s1004.photobucket.com/user/Eighty0ne/media/Mandalorian/20160131_221510_zpscxcghzpx.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Stephan Parkinson on Feb 28, 2016, 06:17 AM
OMG THANK YOU IV BEEND STRESD TO FIND A GERTH BELT NOW I NO NEED TO :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Deimos Ordo on May 16, 2016, 05:08 AM
NECRO post to say THANK YOU to the recent replies and Im so happy the method is still going strong, all of you rock, keep up the added ideas and Troop awesomely.
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: raider fett on May 26, 2016, 02:16 PM
Awesome tutorial. I'm going to try this.
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Raestin Ke'Varek on Oct 13, 2016, 02:30 PM
** Setting this thread as a sticky, so people don't have to go digging for it anymore **
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: HerrNokturnus on Aug 08, 2017, 09:45 PM
:) Hello, Here is an easy way I found to make a girth belt.

All the items were purchased Wal-Mart that has a sewing section.  ;)

Supplies needed:
Clothesline Rope, Cotton takes dye the best. - Utility and Tools section - 4$
Burlap Jute - sewing/craft section - 63 cents a yard, 4 yards purchased, needed 3 - 2.52$
Hot glue gun and glue sticks - sewing/craft section - had this but if not - 4$
Overall buckles set - sewing/craft section - 1.25$
Plain white Elastic - sewing/craft section - 1$
Dye - Laundry Detergent section - 2.50$ (Lots of colors available USUALLY)
*Duct Tape

$15.00 or less and you can say you made it, Its Easy  :)

This method could be applied with any buckles(old belts), burlap(produce/potato sacks), cotton rope(the junk drawer) and dye(that dye you bought 3 months ago to darken some old pants) ... Just some hot glue and Voila  ;)


Step 1 - Wrap clothes line around something a tad bigger than you. After you Wrap, slide a piece of Duct Tape behind and wrap top to bottom to secure the rope for step 2.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215131945_zpsc25ce8ce.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215131945_zpsc25ce8ce.jpg.html)

Step 2- I hot glued Burlap strips on to stabilize  and hold together.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132023_zpsd9f6b3eb.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132023_zpsd9f6b3eb.jpg.html)

Step 3 - I have pulled off chair back and added more duck tape wrap where I will cut it open.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132025_zpscf73513a.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132025_zpscf73513a.jpg.html)

Step 4  - Burlap Jute Hot Glued on the ends and a piece is added to the interior for more stability.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132032_zps64f917b7.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0215132032_zps64f917b7.jpg.html)

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0216130011_zpse4c1f876.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/0216130011_zpse4c1f876.jpg.html)

Step 5 - Both ends with Jute added, Hand sewn in elastic with Overall Buckles added.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0862_zps611402b1.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0862_zps611402b1.jpg.html)

Step 6 - Dyed once with Rit Dye, Dark Brown. I use the washing machine on small load to dye and then run shop towel load to clear it out. I will probaly dye it some more. The Dryer on low heat dryed it well and did not mess up the hot glue. The glue bonds well with clothesline rope and burlap jute.
(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0860_zps9d7f7276.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0860_zps9d7f7276.jpg.html)

(http://i1060.photobucket.com/albums/t453/DeimosOrdo/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0863_zps14f02211.jpg) (http://s1060.photobucket.com/user/DeimosOrdo/media/Upgrades%20-%20Deimos%20Ordo/DSC_0863_zps14f02211.jpg.html)

Hope this may help some, enjoy  :)

Is there a special way to wrap the rope? Or just do it normally?
Title: Re: Easy Girth Belt Tutorial / WIP
Post by: Straka Zulu on Aug 08, 2017, 10:09 PM
Just wrap it like you normally would.  ;D