So, I started this project before I knew you could get a 38" girth belt for $15. I understand you have to soak the store-bought one in acetone before you can dye it anyway - seems like a hassle.
Here's my parts list:
1.] 40 feet of 1/4" cotton rope from the hardware store.
2.] burgundy Rit dye
3.] two 3/4" buckles
4.] 1 yard of black 3/4" strap material
I dyed the rope, then I cut it into fourteen 32" pieces. I lined them up and just stitched a needle straight through 7 rows and back again (repeat 3 times) at 4 points along the belt.
Once I got 2 belts of 7 rows each, I lined them up and stitched the two belts into one big one of 14 rows. I got two 3/4" buckles and the black ,3/4" strap material at the fabric store. I left some extra on the straps so I can adjust it to the perfect length once I try it with my armor on.
Entire finished project cost about $12. What do you think?