Today’s tutorial teaches you a technique for closing the open holes along the outer edges. This one is EASY!! You will be able to take this design and create your own belts.
AND you aren’t limited to just belts. The crossover can be worked into any macrame project for a different look. I am using this method for some of my headbands.
I also used it when creating the black belt I made. It is just wider. I used more cords.
- 28 yards of 3 1/2mm braided macrame cord
- 1″ – 1 1/4″ round button
- 8 small beads for tail cords (optional)
- macrame board or covered ceiling tile
- tape measure/ruler/yardstick
- needle/thread to sew on button
Directions to Make Cross-Over Macrame Belt
Cut 2 cords 6 1/2 yards long.
Cut 2 cords 7 1/2 yards long.
Find the centers of the two 6 1/2 yard cords and pin side by side to macrame board.
Tie one Square Knot (SK). Push knot up close to the top. Pull down on the filler (center) cords to eliminate any loops formed at the top.
Find the centers of the 7 1/2 yard cords and pin one cord to the left side of SK created in Step 2 and one cord to the right side.
Tie a SK with the 4 left cords and one SK with the 4 right cords. Number cords 1-8.
Step 4. Tie SK with cords 3-6.
Step 5. The Cross-Over Step.
Take Cord 1 and CROSSOVER cord 2. Using Cords 2, 1, 3 & 4–tie a SK.
Take Cord 8 and CROSSOVER cord 7. Using Cords 5,6, 8 and 7–tie a SK.
Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you reach the desired waist length. The last row, before starting the buttonhole, should have ONE square knot.
Step 7. Buttonhole.
Divide cords into two groups of four. Tie 5 SK sennet (tie one SK right after the other in a vertical row) with Cords 1-4. Repeat for Cords 5-8. Tie one SK with Cords 3-6.
Step 8. Tie one large SK using Cords 1-2 as left tying cords, Cords 3-6 as filler (the middle) and Cords 7-8 as right tying cords.
Step 9. Tails.
Decide the length desired for the tail cords. Cut cords, string a small bead to each cord or every other cord. Tie an overhand knot in the tail ends. Trim cord close to the tip. Melt cord to keep from fraying with matches or lighter. Hold fire to tip a nanosecond so you don’t burn or scorch the cord.
Line up buttonhole to the front end of belt. Determine placement of button. Sew on button.
All done. Finished!! Ready to wear your belt. You could also wear this around your neck as a necklace. Two for one. Pretty neat, huh!!
Note: Cord length used for this belt yielded 34″ BEFORE the buttonhole. Total belt length with tails is 45″. Cut cord shorter or longer to obtain the desired waist length.
(Sorry pictures are a bit fuzzy.)