|Who can resist a belt for a buck?|
Both of the test bags for my very first bag pattern had straps that were originally belts. One was a skinny self belt from a pair of black pants and the other was a chain belt.
|My recycled belts on various bags...|
This orange MyTie also features a belt used as strap. And in a bit of different belt recycling, I took links from a chain belt to use as the rectangular rings (to attach the strap) on my (Betz White) Flight Bag.
A few months ago, I picked up several belts for a dollar each at a discount store. Originally priced at up to $9 apiece, they were mostly chain style belts that I figured could be configured into purse hardware.
Two others (including the one pictured above) were bought for the purpose of being belts for now. I thought this brown one was pretty snazzy. When I'm no longer interested in it as a belt, I'm sure that tassel will find a home somewhere.
This white one is also currently being used for its intended purpose. Recognize it?
|White flower belt is currently a belt, but I had to remove two "links" from it...|
I had to take off two of the flowers to get the right fit, so one of them ended up being the bling on my Out & About bag.
The belt that was repurposed as a strap for the Out & About bag originally had some extra things dangling from it.
|A buck yielded three distinct elements from this belt...|
The dangling elements will one day be turned into simple bag bling or zipper pulls.
|Tassels are popular bag bling...|
So this single dollar item gave me a length of chain and two zipper pulls. The chain wasn't long enough by itself for a crossbody purse strap, however, so I went to a second belt.
|A long (plain) chain belt...|
This one was purchased specifically for the fact that it could be used to lengthen other more elaborate chains when used as a purse strap. After some work with a pair of pliers, this is the actual strap that was used for the Out & About bag.
|One belt plus a little bit of help...|
This black one is rather elegant. The style of the chain portion of it is essentially the same as the white one above, but the "dangling bits" are a lot fancier.
|Lots of pretty bling to harvest from this belt...|
This one is a bit different. The belt closure looks like it would be an interesting purse flap closure. (Much as I dislike purse flaps.)
|A metal belt buckle that might look nice on a purse flap...|
Then again, I may keep it as a belt...
This final one is made out of elastic with a bunch of silver-toned metal links and closure.
|This yielded 8 metal links and a closure...|
Not only is the black elastic a useful addition to my stash of sewing supplies, the hardware has a lot of potential. For example, the links can be used like rectangular rings to attach bag handles.
|The closure attaches with screws...|
It's usually expensive to buy metal hardware that secures with screws, so I'm quite happy with how much I salvaged from this belt.
Not bad for a total of $7, huh?