Last week, my neighbor asked me to make her a basket using a belt she had that was too big to wear...she had seen pictures of a couple other ones I had made last year and thought they were cool...so, I got it made for her over the weekend, and here it is!
She wanted some purple accents in the basket, and I think the result is pretty stunning! Figuring out just how to "weave" the belt into the basket was challenging, but I finally got it!
Do you have any belts you don't wear? Try incorporating it into one of your baskets!
The main thing to keep in mind is the overall diameter of the belt when closed, or "buckled". Make your basket base about 2-3" smaller than that measurement. A basket will naturally flare out to a final diameter 2-3" larger than the base. As you're weaving up the sides, keep checking the diameter against the belt so you can either weave more loosely if needed or pull in a bit so it's just right when you are ready to add the belt.
There's a bit of trial and error involved, but don't let that intimidate you! If you find that your belt is still too long, you can always punch an extra hole in it to make it fit.
It's also easier to weave in a belt that isn't quite as elaborate as this one was....I couldn't treat this as a regular "weaver" the way I could if it had been a flat belt, so basically it's just attached where the rings on the belt are. (The purple "X's" in front of the rings are just overlays)
If you make your own belt basket, send me a pic and I'll show it off for you here! :)