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Chain Belt

Chain Belt

Description:  The Chain Belt is similar to one of the Macrame belts that Elvis wore in the 1970’s.  He was famous for both his music and his interesting clothes, which included handcrafted belts.  

You can make this belt with regular nylon cord, metallic cord, cotton embroidery cord, or similar materials.

You will be using the Chain Sennit to make this Macrame belt. Both the front and the back are appealing, so this belt is reversible.


Here are other types of sennits that can be used to make this type of belt:
Bugle Braid   The Bugle Braid is similar to the Chain Sennit.
Zipper Sennit   The Zipper Sennit is also similar, but has an alternating pattern.

Supplies Needed:

  • 2mm - 4mm Cord material
  • Project Board and pins
  • Tape Measure
  • Glue

Knots Used: 



Cutting and Mounting Cords


Measure the area around your hips, where the Chain belt will rest.  Don’t pull the tape measure too tight.

Decide which size belt you need, and cut three cords to the appropriate length:

  • 30 inch Belt = 5 yards long
  • 35 inch Belt = 6 yards long
  • 40 inch Belt = 7 yards long
  • 50 inch Belt = 8 yards long

For sizes between those listed, it’s best to use the next size up, so you have extra material, rather than risk running short.

To make the belt wider, cut 4 cords instead of three.

Prepare the ends with glue, wax, or tape.  See Cord Preparation for more details.


Designing the Chain Sennits

Front Versus Back  

Step 1:  Make a Chain Sennit with the first cord, after securing one end to your board.  

The steps are shown below:



Make a counter-clockwise loop 15 inches from the secured end.

The portion now on your right is the working end.

Make sure it remains to your right at all times.


Step 2: Fold the working end to make a bight. Push it through the first loop under - over (from below).

Step 2, continued: Pull on the bight firmly to tighten the first loop.

Reduce the size of the bight by pulling on the working end.

Next Bight

Step 3: Fold the working end to create a new bight.

Push it through the bight made in the previous step, under - over (from below).

Step 3, continued: Pull on the new bight firmly, to tighten the previous one.

Adjust the size of the new bight by pulling on the working end.


Step 4: Repeat step 3 several times until the sennit is your belt size.

To finish, pass the working END through the last bight (rather than another bight).

Step 5:  Create another Chain Sennit with the second cord. Place the second chain to the right of the first one.

the sennits as you progress, passing the end of the working cord (2nd chain) through a space at the right edge of the first chain.  It's best to pass the end through from below.

Repeat this process every 5 inches. 

Step 6: Make the third sennit for your Chain Belt.  Link it to the first one, as you did in the previous step, but on the left side of the first sennit.

This pattern looks best if both linkage points are next to one another.


Creating the Fringe


Step 7:  Match up the ends of the Chain Belt, and secure them to your board, so they rest vertically.

Cut two pieces of material, each double the WIDTH of the belt. Add an extra two inches as well.

Place the center of one of the cords under the end of the middle sennit, which should be the first one you made. Arrange it horizontally under the other two sennits, so it's balanced.

Secure it with tension, because it will be a holding cord.

Attach each of the three cords to it with a Double Half Hitch. Pull tightly, so these knots rest against the last knots tied in the Chain sennits.

Move the ends of the holding cord to the back of the belt, and use tweezers to pull them through the back of one of the knots in the middle sennit.

All five ends can now be used to make the fringe. It's a good idea to put tight Barrel knots at the tips, to prevent unraveling.

You tie the ends together to secure the belt to your hips, so keep the fringe as long as possible.


Step 8: Repeat Step 7 at the other end of the Chain Belt.

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