Making a Leather Belt

As you may know, I am into doing leather work; I have created a couple briefcases, two little tool bags and now a postal-style messenger bag. Now, I’m learning how to make belts for myself.

The first step, other than cutting the strip of leather is to smooth off the inside edge of the belt. You take the tool like the one in the pic below, hold it at about a 30 degree angle from the work and slide it along the edge of the belt. This takes the rough edge off the inside of the belt.


This is the belt about half done. I’ve got one rivet in place to hold the stainless buckle in place and next I need to make and install the “slide” to hold the tail end of the belt once that belt is on and in place.


After the slide goes on I will add another rivet and then the belt is essentially done. Well, it is closer to being finished after I apply a coat of Aussie Wax and “slicker” the edges. That is a process where I take a plastic wheel and smooth the edges.

That’s it for now. I’ll add to this blog post once I make further progress

A Simple Leather Belt Company Giveaway

Well, my season of giving continues. This time we have partnered with the guys behind A Simple Leather Belt Company to offer a cool giveaway of one of their cool new cinch belts.

So what is the story behind ASLBCo? Well, you take two university students, one with an interest in entrepreneurship and the other with some serious coding skills, add in their contacts to the very old world of the Amish artisan and voila, you have A Simple Leather Belt Co.

And this is what they are all about, simple leather belts; belts made to last a lifetime. Made all by hand, without any electricity by a group of Amish craftsmen who have been making leather belts, harnesses and equine goods for decades.

You can have a more detailed look at one of these belts in my little video review:

Now, do you want one of these cinch belts? You can win a free cinch belt, compliments of me at Life in the Burbs and the guys at A Simple Leather Belt Co.

Here is the how-to for you to win a cinch belt!

  • First, go to A Simple Leather Belt Co.‘s website and follow their instructions on how to “Build One”.
  • Next, make a comment on this blog post with two important details from that process; 1) the colour of the belt and 2) the style of tip you would choose (these choices can be changed later and these choices do not bind you to that particular belt in case you win).
  • Along with the above mentioned info, in your comment on this blog post, add a number between 1 (one) and 100 (one hundred). (Yes, you can enter with numbers one or 100).
  • One entry per email address.
  • On Friday, December 13th, 2013 sometime shortly after 6pm PST I will use an iPad app to generate a random number to decide the winner of this giveaway.
  • When posting your comment with your belt details and your chosen number, be sure to include your name and a valid email address (which will not be published or shared or sold or used to send you spam). The email address will be the way that I communicate to the winner of this giveaway.
  • The winner of the A Simple Leather Belt Company cinch belt will be required to pay the cost of shipping there prize to their home(there is free shipping CONUS).

Good luck!


A Simple Leather Belt Follow-up Video Review

In the summer I purchased a belt from A Simple Leather Belt. I was very pleased with my purchase at the time and, well, I am still pleased with my purchase. So, here is a follow up video review of my purchase.

To read about my initial thoughts on the belt, visit my blog post on the belt.

Disclosure: I paid the full retail price for this belt (it was $49 at the time of my purchase). There was no financial or other incentive offered for me to create, post or share this video. As I always, I maintain full editorial control over all content I post on my blog.


A Simple Leather Belt

I recently discovered that I needed a new leather belt. I have to admit, there is nothing wrong with the belt that I was using other than the fact that it seems to be too short now. I’m not sure how this happened, but it did happen.

A Simple Leather Belt
A Simple Leather Belt

As you probably know, I love my leather. Briefcases, bags, wallets and belts. They all have to be top quality leather. So what to do? Go online.

And that I was where I found A Simple Leather Belt.

On this site you click each option to say how you want your belt to be built; the shape of the belt tip, the number of holes, the style of buckle and the number of rivets to hold the buckle in place, the colour of leather, basically every option is your choice.

Just click, click, click, confirm order, and pay your $59 and the good people at A Simple Leather Belt will ship (for free) your belt to your door.

On their website the guarantee says that the belt is guaranteed against failure unless you use the belt for something like towing a car. That seems laughable until you get the belt in your hand; this belt is made from the thickest leather you can imagine and I can see how in a pinch, if you needed to tow a car you might consider using your belt. It is that substantial.

I will add an updated post in a few months to let you know how my belt is working out. Or, if you need a new leather belt, go ahead and check out A Simple Leather Belt and post a comment here to let us know how your belt works for you.