Elastic Fish Buckle Belt

Often I introduce a new pattern by talking about the stroke of inspiration that got me started. But in the case of these ultra quick, ultra cute belts, I’m afraid I can’t take much credit. Page, one of Purl Soho’s owners, has wanted us to make belts for as long as I can remember, I suspect because belts are the perfect vehicle for Page's favorite thing, a pop of color! Page is a true lover of statement-making color, a dash of neon, a touch of citrus, a burst of tomato. At a recent meeting she breezed into the store wearing a white shirt, white pants, and a blinding orange scarf, managing to make the wild shade seem playful and chic at the same time!

So when we started carrying D-Rings and Fish Buckles we all knew what would soon follow: belts! We picked the prettiest of all our trims and elastics in vibrant eye-popping colors, added some creamy neutrals for balance, and I set to work sewing a slew of them. I came up with two incredibly easy belt patterns, this one using fish buckles and elastic and another using d-rings and cotton webbing, twill tape, and ribbon. Sized for adults and kids, these one-of-a-kind belts would make an ideal party favor or gift because they literally take five minutes to sew and because they're seriously cute! I have a feeling Page will soon be sporting a new belt for each day of the week! --Molly PS: For my D-Ring Belt pattern just click here!


To make one belt up to 34-inches in circumference:


Measure your waist or the waist of the person you're making the belt for. Cut the elastic 2-inches longer than the waist measurement. For the example the waist measurement is 29-inches so I cut the elastic to be 31-inches long. Whip stitch back and forth across the two raw ends of the belt to keep it from fraying. Close the fish buckle so that the two round portions of the buckle are tightly fitting and right side up. Loop the ends of the elastic over the flat sides of the buckle one-inch towards the elastic's wrongs sides and pin them in place as shown above. Unfasten the belt and work on one end at a time. Starting 7/8-inch from the fold take a few whip stitches, going in and out of the same hole, over the top edge of the belt sewing the fold together at this point. Take a few running stitches in a straight line down the width of the belt, sewing through the back fold, until you reach the bottom edge. Just like you did for the top, sew a few whip stitches around the bottom edge. Tie a knot at the back of the belt. The back should look like this, with the end securely sewn down. Repeat this for the second end of the belt and you're all done!

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7 Responses to Elastic Fish Buckle Belt

  1. MaryTess says:

    Does this have to be hand sewn? If so, why can't you use a sewing machine?

  2. purl bee says:

    Hi MaryTess. These can be done on the machine. I think sewing multiple layers of the elastic on the machine can be tricky and that is why Molly suggests hand sewing those. Totally give it a try though. Let us know if you have any other questions! -Laura

  3. Marie says:

    I am having a hard time finding this simple fish-shape buckle. Joann's does not have it nor does Hobby Lobby. It seems impossible to find it online except sold in bulk. Where do you find it?

  4. purl bee says:

    Hi Marie-

    We sell all of the products featured in our patterns. They are linked in the “Materials” section. Just click on the red text and you will be taken to that item in our online store,

    Or you can just click on the link below for the fish buckle:

    Thank you very much for writing in and please let us know if you have any more questions!


  5. says:

    I just bought a buckle at Joannes.. The buckle costs more than the elastic

  6. Tressa Gray says:

    Can you buy these belts anywhere? I use to have every color and loved them. Now I can find them.

  7. purl bee says:

    HI Tressa-

    I'm not sure where you can buy something like this finished but we sell all of the materials to make them yourself! And they are really easy to sew!

    Thanks for getting in touch!


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