View Full Version : How to Tie a Shinigami Obi Belt - Tutorial [Bleach]

04-04-2007, 07:56 PM
Alrighty, if you have a Bleach costume you've more than likely spent countless hours searching forums looking for the perfect way to tie your Obi belt so it looks just like Ichigo's. ^^;; Responses such as "wrap it around yourself and tie a floppy bow, it's not hard" are not helpful and make people feel bad about themselves. Not to mention, that method doesn't look all that great. Truth be told, it IS harder than that to tie the perfect Shinigami bow. (If you want it to look authentic)

This tutorial is for a 12' long Obi belt. This could be repeated with a smaller one but you will have to only wrap it around your waist once instead of twice. (Pop for the longer one, trust me it looks nicer with a more solid base) ^^

Step one:
Fold the Obi bow in half and stick yourself smack dab in the middle of the 2 strands so it hangs at an equal length on each side of you. Make sure you have the Obi IN the little black loop on the back of your hakama pants. (Mine have a removable loop :3) http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial3.jpg

Step two:
Take the left strand and wrap it around the front of your body once.

Step three:
The "cross over" of the two strands should be happening ONLY at the back of your body so the hakama loop covers it. (again, mine is absent to show you what it actually looks like, you may have to feed it through the loop on yours) The left strand that you just wrapped around your body should cross UNDER the right one in back of you. DO NOT move the right strand from it's place at your right side. http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial5.jpg

Step four:
After the cross over, bring the left strand back over to your left side. You should now have one very long strand on your right and a shorter one on your left. http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial6.jpg

Step five:
Now take your long right strand and wrap it around the front of your body toward your left side. This should also be crossed UNDER the left strand at the back of your body inside the hakama loop. http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial7.jpg

Step six:
Now you should have a firm and straight base for your knot. You can take this time to straighten it and make it look really nice if you'd like, but I think it's easier to just do it at the end. Again your right strand will be slightly longer than your left one but that's ok, it balances out in the end. ^^ http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial8.jpg

Step seven:
Take your left strand and put it OVER the right one so it creates a triangle between the strands and your body. http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial9.jpg

Step eight:
Take that same strand from step seven and pull it up through the triangle, forming the first part of your knot. (This is the same kind of thing as tying your shoes) http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial10.jpg

Step nine:
Take your right strand (now the shorter one) and make a "bunny ear" or one side of a ribbon bow out of it. KEEP your right hand where it is on the bunny ear base. http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial11.jpg

Step ten:
Take your left strand (now the longer one) and wrap it around the bunny ear at its base. http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial12.jpg

Step eleven:
Now that strand should be hanging down on the left side of the bunny ear and your right hand should be sticking out of a hole created by the wrapped-around strand. Take the end of that strand and make the second bunny ear by pulling it through the hole your right hand is in. (Again, the same concept as tying your shoes) http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k84/Zyanya386/tutorial13.jpg

Step twelve:
You should end up with something that looks like this:

Alternate pulling on the "ears" and the ends of the strands to tighten the knot.

And congratulations! You've just tied your perfect Shinigami Obi belt! Don't worry if your first attempts don't come out looking all that great, just keep at it and it'll eventually come. Feel free to PM me with any questions or if you want more pics! Here's the finished knot after all the tightening and straightening:

04-05-2007, 03:24 PM

baka chan
04-07-2007, 11:54 AM
right on! thanks! were i to do this on my own, i would have crossed it at the front, which would not give the smooth look that wrapping the right and left sides separately does!

04-07-2007, 12:31 PM
Thanks for posting this! What kind of fabric did you use on the belt?

04-07-2007, 01:36 PM
Great tutorial, I just wish I had a big enough sash to actually do it...XD;

04-10-2007, 03:34 AM
Thanks for posting this! What kind of fabric did you use on the belt?

I got the actual belt off of Ebay, I'm pretty sure it's a cotton/poly blend. Any kind of long belt will work, but cotton is obviously easier to tie than silk or satin so that's what I stick with. ^^

Great tutorial, I just wish I had a big enough sash to actually do it...XD;

Well, if your sash is too small length-wise, you could tie it starting from the front and crossing just once in the back.