Goodbye, belt. Hello door pull

Goodbye, Linea Pelle belt. I ordered you from Barney's ages ago. You didn't fit right, so I never wore you.

It's a total shame to have something as beautiful as you to be neglected, so I had Sunshine cut you. I had him spare your interesting ends and take the rest to our house build to make a pull for the back side of the sliding barn door.

It hurt to cut you, yet it comforted me to know that you would be used in my new forever home. Thank you for your non-traditional service to us; now let's hope I can find the perfect DIY project to use and enjoy the rest of you.

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  • Cardiff girl replied 6 years ago

    Love your make do and mend attitude and you have one unique door pull!

  • Barbara Diane replied 6 years ago

    What a great idea! And can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of it.

  • replied 6 years ago

    That's genius!  I think it was always meant to be a door pull.

  • Janet replied 6 years ago

    Oh, what a great repurposing of an unworn item!

    I have some old coats of my mom’s that I keep thinking would be great for fabric to make throw pillows. Maybe a project I’ll get to this year...

  • replied 6 years ago

    Great idea.  

  • Helena replied 6 years ago


  • Jenni NZ replied 6 years ago

    That's awesome Cindy.

  • cindysmith replied 6 years ago

    Janet, I'm repurposing some suede pants into throw pillows. They had straight legs, and I cut off the legs. Just gotta sew them up at the ends after I stuff them

  • Emily K replied 6 years ago

    Good spirit, Cindy!  How's the house doing?  Please tell me there will be some kind of celebratory post when it's ready for occupancy!  :-)  I'm excited for you!  Did I share with you that my brother has been researching and strategizing about building his own straw bale home?  I think he'll do it.  He has a good plan.  He and his fiancee have been looking for a property that meets their needs.

  • jussie replied 6 years ago


  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Very clever.

  • cindysmith replied 6 years ago

    Emily, I will definitely be posting pics in off-topic when the house is finished. Give my good luck wishes to your brother!

  • JAileen replied 6 years ago

    This is a good use of your old belt. Somewhere I saw leather pulls on drawers before.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    So creative. I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the belt.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Ode To Linea Pelle
    There once was a belt named Linea Pelle,
    Which, as a belt, was just swell,
    But, she got cut and reassigned
    As a door pull, redesigned
    Now the barn door sports half of Linea Pelle

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Excellent repurposing! Have you thought of using the buckle as a key fob? 

  • cindysmith replied 6 years ago

    Ooh, aproprio I like the way you think!

    Joy, I hurt my face smiling at that rhyme

  • tulle replied 6 years ago

    Great idea!  I've done similar projects, and they are so satisfying. Maybe make a bracelet from the rest?

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 6 years ago

    I love your updates!   I hope you'll keep writing these!

  • cindysmith replied 6 years ago

    La Belle,
    Considering how fast I churn through clothes (rural homesteading is a clothing shredder), there will be an endless supply of these LOL

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    The piece in the first photo could be a great looking pendant.

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