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« on: July 22, 2005 03:47:11 PM »

So...I was helping to clean out my dojo a few weeks ago and we went through this buket of used karate belts, mostly for kids...and we had 6 million of them, so we were going to throw a bunch away and I thought, surely there's a crafty project in there somewhere, eh?  Any suggestions?  I was thinking of purse straps, but they're darn thick to sew through...
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2005 07:17:36 PM »

What are they made of?  If they're a sort of nylon-ish type material, they may melt...you could do something like that, like melt them together for a purse...i dunno, that's probably just the pyro in me... Wink
« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2005 01:09:36 AM »

How about weaving them into a doormat? 

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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2005 02:20:11 PM »

Zieak, a doormat is a fun idea!  There was talk of a braided rug...but that seemed like much too much work.  A doormat it is!

blackplague: They're made of cotton, but they're really thick...so I'm not even sure that my sewing machine would like to sew them together.

thanks for the suggestions!
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2005 08:25:43 AM »

Don't know if you're into yoga but I use them for yoga straps--you know, for stretching your legs out supported. Also they make very strong tie-downs for tying things to the roof of your car. I keep a couple in my trunk. I know these suggestions are more practical than crafty, but you are right in not throwing those belts out. They are quite strong and useful.

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« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2005 09:00:35 AM »

I'd sugest leaving a few at the dojo if you don't already have some spare belts there.  FOr when little ones forget their belt, or bring a friend to try it out (so the friend doesn't feel left out).

Also a lot of places put tied up belts on display, though you probably already have that.  I know mine had one of each belt up, and under it a sign that said what the belt stood for (strength, endurance, concentration, etc). 

I'm tempted to tell you to see if a needle for denim can sew through them.. but they are thicker than jeans.

I love the dormat idea. 

Perhaps use them to hang stuff up with?  Might make a neat design to have them hanging down on a wall with something interesting and colorful hanging from them.

« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2005 04:20:02 PM »

We have what seems like a MILLION spare belts at the dojo, which is why we finally decided to part with some of them. 

I love the "tying stuff to the car" idea.  My husband is going to get such a kick out of that...but then what would we do with all our old climbing ropes!??!? (which we already keep in the backs of our cars to tie stuff down with.)

I'll probably end up trying to sew through them, just because I'm stubborn like that. I'll keep you posted. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2005 04:29:26 PM »

If you're going to sew through them, probably invest in one of those sharp-as-hell leatherworking needles, or you're going to wind up with finger-damage.
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2005 10:40:23 PM »

I'm not sure if yours are long enough, but I have some that I'm thinking of making into guitar straps.  I'm thinking that I'll just punch holes into each end and then stitch the edges.
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« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2005 05:37:09 PM »

I was thinking that they would make for nice replacement straps on a folding lawn chair.  I just don't know if they would be long enought to go the long way.  I wish i had a pile of them!

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« Reply #11 on: August 30, 2005 08:56:55 PM »

if i were you, id just make them into belts and sell them. Scene kids would buy them like crazy.
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2005 03:06:43 PM »

yah... i say sell themmm... i mean i know i would buy a couple.... mmm karate.....
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« Reply #13 on: February 21, 2006 09:58:16 PM »

I know I would buy a refurb karate belt. All you need are 2 D rings, and you just overlap the belt on one end with the d rings inside, then sew it down.

I found this site for wholesale D-rings


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« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2006 10:33:18 AM »

 My old teacher made a blankety to put on his wall by stitching all his old ones together at the sides. I saw a white one ysterday in a charity shop, i know there was a reason i wanted it. I'd prefer a black one though! I might have to go and buy one from jjb and have some fun. I only have two belts and i haven't got the heart to cut them up.

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« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2008 06:56:42 AM »

wouldnt the belts be strong enough to be handles for the grocery totes? use instead of nylon webbing>?
« Reply #16 on: September 05, 2008 12:52:21 PM »

Do you watch "The Runway"?  Part of a recent challenge involved seat belts.
my favorite use of the seat belts was a kimono-style jacket woven from the belts.

You could also weave a quilt/blanket, pillows, tote bags, place mats, wall hanging, chair slipcover or cushions, moving pads.

You might try zigzagging them together; line up two lengthwise, side by side--not overlapping--and zigzag the join; the very edge of the fabric is probably a bit thinner and easier to sew than the middle.

If they're cotton, you could dye the white ones all kinds of colors.

For a really heavy rug, you could crochet them.  You'd have to come up with a monster crochet hook, maybe made from a clothes hook screwed to a broom handle or something.

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« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2008 01:04:31 PM »

I was lying awake the other night, thinking of things to do with karate belts.  Maybe I need more interests in my life, but I did come up with a couple I really like:

Make a "bead" style curtain; lay out a bunch of belts side-by-side, and clamp one end between two thin boards.  Glue/screw the boards together and hang up in a window or doorway.

Something similar, fold one end of each belt over a curtain rod and staple/sew/rivet/glue to the rest of the belt.

Mount on old vertical blind hardware so you can open and close your belt-curtain.

Make a rug or pad by gluing the belts side-by-side onto a piece of cloth.  Use waterproof glue if you're planning on washing it.

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