Description: The Basic Belt is
an easy Macrame pattern, since it requires you
to know only one knot, the Bush Bar.
Normally this decorative knot is tied so that
each one is close together. However, I recommend
you add some space between the knots to give it
a more woven appearance. The clasp is a simple
loop with a button or bead on the other end.
Listed in the Micro-Macrame section is a Bush Bar
Bracelet, which looks great
with this Macrame belt.
You can also use this basic belt design to make
a guitar strap. Just leave a small loop at each
end to attach to the screws in your guitar.
4mm Cord Materials
Project Board and Pins
Step 1: Cut one cord, 8 times
the length you need for the belt.
If you are planning to make a 36-inch belt, cut
the cord to a length of 8 yards.
Prepare the ends with tape, glue or wax to
Match up the ends and locate the center
of the cord.
Slide the cord through the button shank
and let it rest at the center for now.
Turn the cord around so the ends are near the top of your
board, and the button is at the bottom.
The button needs to be face
up before you get started.
Step 2: The size of
the large loop you will now make
determines the overall size of the Basic
Belt. So for a 36-inch size, move up 36
inches, measuring from the center.
Cross the ends right over left. Secure
the crossing point to your board.
Step 3: Slide the
button up to the crossed area, so it
rests against the pin.
Secure the loop, making sure the cord
has tension and both halves are
Wrap one end
of the the cord around your hand several
about 12 inches from the button.
continued: Stop wrapping when you
have about an arm length left.
Remove it from your hand, and wrap the end around
the middle of the bundle.
Tuck the end under the last wrap. As you progress,
pull to get more material.
Step 4: Use the left
end first, which is now on the
right, since you crossed them.
Bring it towards the left horizontally,
both parts of the loop.
Bring the right end (now on the left) over
the left end, and under
the left part of the loop.
Move it over
the portion of the left end that rests inside
5, continued: Passit under
the right part of the loop.
Finally, go over
the left end where it curves on the right.
Tip: Another way to view this step is
that the right end will pass overthree parts of the left end, and
both parts of the large loop.
first knot completely, so it wraps
around the shank of the button.
If it bunches up, pull on the loop to make
it as flat as possible.
steps 4 and 5 to make the next
Make sure you always use the cord on
the right first, followed by the left
one, which does the weaving.
7: As you tighten the knot,
inch of space between it and the
Pull on the loop to keep the knot flat and
to avoid twisting.
The Bush Bar can be made with less space
if you prefer a more closely woven design.
You will need to tug on the loop more as you
tighten the knots, to keep the belt as flat as
steps 6 and 7 to make the rest
of the Basic Belt.
Secure the knots as you progress, and
move the design as needed, so the newest
knots are always on your board.
When you reach the end make sure that the
loop is the size of the button.
Step 9: Tighten the
last knot completely.
Tie one final knot, also tightening it
as much as possible.
Be sure the loop can still go around
the button easily. Make adjustments to
the size if needed.
Step 10: Turn the Basic Belt upside
down. Cut off the extra material, but
leave 2 inches for the final step.
Use pliers to pull the ends through
spaces in the back
of the belt, where the last two knots
are tightened completely.
Apply glue to the ends to hold them in
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