Luckily, I found some wide twill tape left over from some bedspread packaging, which saved me some sewing. When I put 1.5 pieces of the twill tape together, they were just the right length. All that was left to do was to hem them and add button holes. I was sure glad I'd learned to make button holes within the last year! The only problem was the humongous piece of velcro connecting the pieces. But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures, and this was just trek, not an actual re-enactment.
This is what I came up with.
Sorry about the twist in the picture. I was too tired to stand up and fix it.
He's trying to rest here.
Not to bad, eh? Too bad he popped off one of his buttons in the Sweetwater River water fight, and I didn't bring any spare buttons. I guess I could have made one if we'd been desperate enough.