Make a Fly Leather Belt With Molly Spittal

It’s gonna be a cinch.

Are you ready to turn a strip of rawhide into a skinny belt? Huh? Because leather whiz Molly Spittal of the so-polished bag line The Stowe is here to show you the way, and she promises all the tools you need are available at your local leather and hardware stores. So let’s do this. —jackie varriano

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Materials:
+ A strap of leather in your desired color (½-inch wide for a skinny belt)
+ Center bar buckle in desired finish (½ inch)
+ One rivet
+ Leather punch
+ Long-hole punch (1-2 inches)
+ End cutter
+ Multi-bit hand punch
+ Mallet
+ Measuring tape
+ Hand beveler (optional)

Instructions:

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“Measure your waist, hips, or wherever you want to wear your nice, new, handcrafted belt and jot it down.”

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“Cut off one of the ends of the leather strap using the end cutter. Using a leather punch and mallet, tap 7 holes, each spaced one inch apart, starting four inches from your cut end.”

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“Starting from the middle hole—hole 4—measure toward the uncut end to the measurement you took earlier, and make a small mark in the leather.”

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“Using a long hole punch and a mallet, punch the backhole (the long hole that the buckle prong goes through) where you left the mark.”

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“Using the hand punch, create 2 holes (just big enough for the rivet to fit through) spaced ¾ inch from either end of the backhole. Essentially, the rivet post should fit easily through the hole without falling out. Cut off the other end of the leather strap approximately ½ inch from the last rivet hole you just created using the end cutter. You can now bevel all 4 edges with a hand beveler—an optional step that creates a subtle finish.”

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“Place the buckle prong through the backhole and wrap the end of the leather around the center bar of the buckle. Line up the rivet holes and tap the rivet in with the mallet.”

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“All finished! Now go show off what you did with your amazing new skills!”

Molly worked her magic on some MAJOR nubuck totes—check ‘em out.

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Couple Up: Mandy Moore and Zach Braff

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When these two broke up, Mandy Moore wrote, oh, most of an album, Wild Horses, about him. Sample lyrics: “And I know you loved me in your way / I’m looking forward to looking back on these days.” Well, here’s to looking back, then? —erica

Mandy Moore: Tom Ford aviators, a cozy-looking Tess Giberson sweater, and a Rebecca Minkoff bag.

Zach Braff: Worn-in jeans from Ron Herman, a short-sleeve, just-dorky Steven Alan shirt, and a York St. by J. Press belt with a big, fat buckle.

Double down on your “Couple Up.” Right here.

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In Character: Puss in Boots

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Personalities deserving of their spinoffs: Lauren Conrad, Wolverine, Flavor Flav, and Puss in Boots. I mean, that cool cat obviously knows how to accessorize. —erica

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A Janessa Leone hat that can be clutched to sell that whole I’m-just-a-sweet-kitty act.

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An Isabel Marant belt, ready to hold a sword that’s almost as big as he is.

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Over-the-knee boots from Alexander Wang that Donkey’s likely jealous of.

More of this! Here!

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Laurence Dolige possesses the power to make a big, low-slung belt look massively cool—a damn impressive thing in 2014. —erica

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Couple Up: Johnny Depp and Kate Moss

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If it was possible for us to do a reader poll in this space, we’d have to ask who you <3 <3 <3 more, Johnny and Kate or Johnny and Winona? Tough decisions, these. A look at the former pairing’s style, while you ponder. —erica

Johnny Depp: A yellow-and-black knit cap from Eugenia Kim, a no-nonsense leather jacket by Scotch & Soda, and an Apolis gingham shirt.

Kate Moss: Simple-but-cool Lauren Wolf studs, a pretty major LBD from Motel, and a wide belt c/o Alice + Olivia.

For more couples we miss, click here.

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Of a Kind

This belt, a collab between Askov Finlayson and Smathers & Branson, wants to do more than just hold up some pants. It wants to shine. —erica

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Christine Alcalay delivers a color combo I never would have come up with on my own: rust and red. —erica

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Couple Up: Taylor Swift and Taylor Lautner

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In 2009—before T.Swift’s relationships became an awards-show punchline—the world gave us TAYLOR SQUARED. It’s probably safe to assume that 37,235 Tumblrs were started to pay tribute to the two, who co-starred in Valentine’s Day (timely-ish, no?). Here’s what their romance looked like. —erica

Taylor Swift: A sparkly Jenny Packham belt, a white Issa halter dress, and dangly Blanca Monrós Gómez earrings.

Taylor Lautner: A moto jacket from BLK DNM, an Everlane tee, and black Kelly Cole jeans.

Ready for more memory-lane action? Click this way.

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From Cause and Effect: A belt that’s pretty much guaranteed to not match your shoes. —erica

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Couple Up: Britney and Justin

Because sometimes a relationship dies but its style lives on.

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The image of Britney and Justin in their denim-on-denim-on-denim-on-denim ensembles is burned into my brain—and it can’t be just me. Let’s pay tribute to the couples costumes outfits they wore to the 2001 American Music Awards, shall we? (Also: How was this only in 2001?!) —erica

Brit: A glitzy Fallon choker, an Acne denim dress with some frayed action, and a Lady Grey chain belt.

JT: An Alain denim blazer, patchwork Kenzo jeans, and A.J. Morgan sunglasses…at night. 

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