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Style For Style: Extra Notches In Your Belt

I recently purchased this Gap Yellow Skinny Lizard Belt ($25) as an attempt to add more color in my closet. I absolutely love it, but there's a teeny dilemma: It doesn't sit too properly on my high waist.

To see how I solved my belt problem,

I decided that one more notch in my belt would do the trick, so I opened up my sewing kit and took out a seam ripper, much like this Dritz Deluxe Seam Ripper ($2).

  • I dug the initial hole in the desired area and tried to get it as big as possible with a seam ripper.
  • To make the hole even larger, I turned to a sharp scissor; I stuck one end in the hole and rotated it until it was as large as the other notches.

Obviously, the thicker the belt, the harder the process. Just be careful not to put scratches on your new belt. May strength be with you!

Join The Conversation
loerobot loerobot 9 years
If you hold a nail with pliers and heat it up over a flame or electric stove it is really easy to just burn a hole through a belt. It makes a nice clean hole in everything from webbing to leather and does a very professional job. That is what I did before I bought a multi-hole punch (which works even better). I don't think I would ever use a seam ripper, I would worry about the craftsmanship of the final product as well as my own safety!
andrea5 andrea5 9 years
LOL after I posted I realized that Fab beat me to the punch, and had previously suggested the exact same thing! That's why you're the profesh, fab!
andrea5 andrea5 9 years
aaudri, I know the feeling. That extra hangy piece at the end! Where do you put it when there are no belt loops? I use fashion tape on the back of the hangy piece and stick it to the other part of the belt.
aaaudri aaaudri 9 years
THANK YOU!!! Now I can wear my skinny belts!!
Fashion Fashion 9 years
I'm so glad you asked aaaudri because I've done a Style for Style about that! Check it out: xo.
aaaudri aaaudri 9 years
here's my question: i have a really cute silver skinny belt and the hole are just fine BUT it wraps around too much so it just kind of hangs there. what do i do with that!!!! p.s. LOVE that yellow belt!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Wow I never would of thought of this...
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
Hammer and nail for me too!
misbah1979 misbah1979 9 years
banana republic makes the best skinny belts, i reccently bought a simple black skinny belt w/ silver buckle for $2.30 at our outlet mall, how can u not love that?!
grrlyrebel grrlyrebel 9 years
Yeah, I've used an awl (thanks to my boyfriend's toolbox, hehe) for this very thing...before that i had used hammer/nail which worked well enough too. It always makes me feel good when the belt i want to wear is too big, don't you agree? ;)
itsjamiestatus itsjamiestatus 9 years
you can take them to a shoe repair store and they usually punch extra belt holes for free
julieulie julieulie 9 years
Just use a nail and a hammer, it's a really easy process -- sounds a lot easier than what you went through.
RaincityChicky RaincityChicky 9 years
Love that belt! Actually you can buy a leather hole punch tool usually at a craft supply for a very reasonable price. It makes 10 different sized holes, I use mine all the time for belts shoes, etc... The results are more professional looking and you won't risk stabbing yourself :-)
kitkatherine kitkatherine 9 years
thank you for showing this to me! i neeed this tool
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
Good idea. :) Very cute belt.
emalove emalove 9 years
I'm glad you solved your belt problem, Fab! It's a really cute belt!
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