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Braided Fabric Belt

Add a fun touch to a boring outfit with a Braided Fabric Belt from Heidi Borchers. Upcycle an old t-shirt and use an empty water bottle to create the base of the belt. Plastic bottle crafts help the environment and add a cool dimension to your overall look.

Braided Fabric Belt


  • Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel & Stick Sheets
  • Aleenes’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Adhesive
  • T-shirt – cut into strips (for belt)
  • Cotton fabric – to cover belt buckle and use for fabric die-cut flowers
  • Flower die (to cut different sizes and shapes)
  • Water bottle – smooth sided
  • Craft rivets and rivet setter
  • Paper punch (to match size of rivets)
  • Scissors
  • Circle template
  • Pen
  • Clothespins


  1. Cut water bottle apart so that it will lay flat on work surface. Lay circle template over bottle and mark circle. (For this belt buckle, I used a 2-1/4″ circle template.)

    Braided Fabric Belt
  2. Cut along pattern line.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  3. Apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Peel and Stick sheet to back of cotton fabric. Mark with 2-1/4″ circle. Cut along pattern line.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  4. Remove paper backing and adhere to water bottle circle.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  5. Punch two holes approximately 1/4″ from edge directly across from each other on circle. (This will be where you insert your rivets.)

    Braided Fabric Belt
  6. Cut strip of water bottle approximately 1/2″ wide x 2-1/4″. Punch at ends of strip to match punched holes in circle.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  7. Insert rivet through front side (fabric side) of circle, add water bottle strip and rivet in place.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  8. Repeat on both ends. You should now have a circle with a water bottle strip riveted to the back side.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  9. Layer flower petals of different sizes and glue together with Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Adhesive. Repeat to create several layered flowers.

    Fabric Braided Belt
  10. Glue flowers closely spaced side-by-side to the front of circle. Set aside to dry completely.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  11. Cut strips of t-shirt to use to braid belt. The wider the strip, the more predominant it will be in the braid. Stretch cut strips. To create the 4-strand braid, go to and search for 4-straid braid. You will find many tutorials there to teach you this technique.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  12. When you reach the end of your braid, stack the strips and glue together with the Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Adhesive.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  13. When the glued strips are all stacked, cut ends even with scissors.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  14. Carefully insert the cut ends underneath the strip.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  15. Pull the ends through and fold back over the strip approximately 2″. Apply Aleene’s Fabric Fusion Permanent Dry Cleanable Adhesive and use a clothespin to hold in place until the glue is completely dry.

    Braided Fabric Belt
  16. Repeat the gluing process to stack the other unfinished end of belt and let dry completely. To wear the belt, slip the end of braided belt under the loop and pull to adjust to desired length.

    Braided Fabric Belt


For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Water Bottle and Braided Fabric Belt.

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this could be done with thinner strips and made into a necklace


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