Femme Fatale Convertible Belt

This unique belt, inspired by fashion-forward designs we've seen on the runway, can also be made into a camera strap.

  • Author: Project DIY
  • Time required: 45 minutes to an hour
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Step 1 Femme Fatale Convertible Belt  ¶ 

  • Gather and prep your materials. You will notice you have two colors of satin trim- black and grey. Choose the color you prefer!

  • Start by measuring the chain to your desired length. Remove any extra links by gripping the link with 2 pliers and opening to separate.

  • Get your needle ready by threading it with 2 yards of black thread and doubling it over to create a double length of 1 yard. Tie a few knots and the end and cut.

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Step 2  ¶ 

  • NOTE: For instructional purposes, we are showing the belt construction with the grey satin-- so you can see the details clearly. Later photos for this project will feature the black satin.

  • Take your satin trim and insert it through the center of the second link on your chain. Then pull it through the first link. Leave about an inch of trim sticking out of the top link.

  • Fold over the 1 inch trim to create a loop around the place where the first and second links meet.

  • Use your needle and thread to sew the loop closed. You can do a basic 'running stitch' which is a simple up and down hand stitch. Once your loop is secure, make a few knots and cut the remaining thread.

    • TIP: Use a drop of glue at the end of the satin trim to help prevent fraying. School glue or fabric glue work wonders!

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Step 3  ¶ 

  • 1. Flip the satin cord through the link so that the raw edge faces inward (towards the chain instead of outward where it can be seen)

  • 2. String the satin cord through the third link on your chain, making sure to keep the cord flat.

  • 3. Continue passing the satin cord through the chain in an up and down motion through the links. Go slowly to make sure the cord stays flat and doesn't twist around.

  • 4. When you reach the last link of your chain, fold the cord over and stitch closed.

    • TIP: Use a sharp scissor to cut the remaining trim and remember you can dab a little glue on the ends to prevent fraying.

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Step 4  ¶ 

  • Use your flat pliers (or jump ring opener) to gently twist one large hematite jump ring.

    • TIP: Never used a jump ring before? Be sure to check out our how-to guide under 'DIY Tips and Tricks' on the instruction homepage.

  • Add the jump ring to the last chain link and twist to close with your flat pliers.

  • Repeat with another jump ring on the other end of your chain. Add one swivel hardware clasp to the jump ring before closing.

  • If you would like to wear the piece as a belt or necklace, follow Image 'A'. Add another swivel hardware clasp (shown in Image 'B") to create a camera or purse strap.

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Step 5  ¶ 


  • We have included some extra hardware in your kit to help you make the most of your creative vision.

  • Use the Figure-8 Connectors as holsters to attach your charm bracelet to. To open, simply twist one end open gently like a jump ring and add to the belt chain. Twist again to close.

  • Use the Carabiner clasps from your bracelet kit to attach the bracelet to the belt!

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Step 6  ¶ 


  • We created a few variations to inspire you! Happy Crafting!

  • We can't wait to see how you customize and wear these versatile pieces! We'd love to see your photos on our Facebook page or via social media using the hashtag #MJProjectDIY

For more information, check out the Film Noir category page.

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I love this project! There's so many different ways to wear it, as a bracelet, a necklace, the possibilities are endless.

Nora West, · Reply

Hi Nora, thanks for your comment! We are so glad you love the project. We would love to see a picture of how you customized it! Share on facebook or instagram with hashtag #mjprojectdiy :) Happy crafting!

Project DIY,

I turned mine into a double-wrap necklace, with the other piece being able to add on to it. It's pretty heavy, though, so I haven't worn it much. Thanks for adding extra pieces to give us more styling options!

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