An elegant accessory that is fashion forward is the python snakeskin belt. The snakeskin covered belt will make any outfit turn heads no matter where you are. This is an expensive item and is not easily accessible. The best thing to do is to sew one yourself. This not only saves you time, but it will save you hundreds of dollars. It is rather easy to make a python belt from home. The process to make a snakeskin belt is very easy if you have the correct tools.
You will need:
- 3 pounds python snakeskin
- 3 to 4 square feet cowskin leather
- Sewing machine
- Leather sewing
- Polyester thread
- Two-sided leather tape
- Leather presser foot
- Cutting mat
- Metal ruler
- Rotary cutter knife
- Razor knife
- 2 rivet snaps
- Leather punch
Make Your Own Belt
Tape the snakeskin onto the cutting mat so that it won’t move while you are cutting it. It is best to use a tape that is strong but not completely binding, as this will remove some of the scales on the skin. Measure the leather belt you are going to use. Cut the snakeskin to 10 inches longer than that of the waist. Use the rotary cutting knife to cut the snakeskin. This tool is used because the round and easily moving knife won’t rip the skin. It is a very delicate skin.
Next, you will match the snakeskin width to the same width of the belt buckle you have chosen unless you want to have a wrap-around effect. If this is what you desire then cut the snakeskin to be one inch wider than the belt.
Set up the sewing machine. Place the leather foot and needle into the machine. These specific items are used for working with leather. The foot is especially made to keep leather from moving because any slight sliding will cause damage to the leather when the needle hits it.
The end of the belt that will not attach to the buckle must be shaped. Normally, belts have a half-diamond or rounded shape at the end. You can make your belt end any shape you desire. You can even clasp a metal end to it.
Place the cow skin onto the cutting mat. Cut it to the same lengths as the snakeskin. Use the razor knife to cut the cow skin because it is a tough material that can rip and cut unevenly if not cut properly.