How To Sew Bag Straps - A Tutorial1/26/2012 06:15:00 PM
straps for your purse or handbag is very easy, and kind of fun actually!
This is just a quick tutorial to get you through the basics. You can experiment
with lengths, widths, and fabrics. Later, when you get adventuresome, you can
add O-rings, D-rings, sliders, and lobster clips. I just love the results,
and they turn out so professional looking!
A typical handle length your bag strap is anywhere from about 18" to 26". I will let you decide how long yours will be.
|Handbag Straps - I love making them!|
1. Pull out your rotary cutter, mat, and ruler. Out of canvas, twill, duck cloth, or quilting cotton, cut a rectangle that is 6 to 6.5" wide for a handbag strap that turns out about 1.5" wide. To get a strap that turns out 2" wide (for your large beach bags) cut a strip that is 8" wide. Cut this width x the length of strap you have chosen.
HINT: If you cut it the width of your fabric from selvage to selvage, you may be able to do all your sewing at once and then cut it in half later to make two straps or cut some 4" lengths to be used as O-ring or D-ring tabs. If you are using quilting cotton, you may want to fuse some interfacing down the middle of the strap leaving 1/4 of the width on either side without.)
2. Fold entire strip in half length-wise and press.
3. Open again and fold outside edges towards center fold and press.
4. Fold entire strip in half once again, meeting folded edges together and press. Why four layers of fabric? Because you won't need interfacing and it makes a nice sturdy, thick strap!
5. Pin every few inches (optional). TIP: If you find that the top layer is sliding when you are stitching, I would highly recommend pinning before you do your first stitches on the open side. Pin every 3 inches or so. (Sometimes if I have a material that is sliding quite a bit on itself, I use a quilting foot or walking foot and it works like a dream.)
6. Using a longer stitch length (3 - 3.5) top stitch along edges using a 1/8” seam and then again 1/8” to the inside to make two rows. You might also like to stitch a few lines down the strap at ¼” to 3/8" intervals instead. This makes a very sturdy strap. Experiment with different stitching colors and different weights of thread. Heavy duty thread and quilting thread make gorgeous stitches too. Press stitching to set stitches and heat shrink.