Have you ever made a tote or bag and just not been satisfied with the straps? Maybe they feel a bit too flimsy, or they just don’t look professional? This tutorial is going to show you how to make perfect fabric straps. These straps are ideal for totes or other purses that incorporate the strap into the bag (they don’t have finished ends), but you can modify them so they do.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Cotton Fabric cut to desired length and width (see Calculation Chart)
- Medium weight fusible interfacing cut to desired length and width
- Rotary Cutter & Mat (Not necessary, but it sure makes life easier!)
Use the chart below to figure out how wide to cut your fabric. If you would like a 1″ strap, you need to cut your fabric 4″ wide. Length of the strips is up to you…typical strap lengths range from 12″ – 30″.
|Finished Strap Width||Cut Fabric Width|
TIP: I usually cut my strips the full width of the fabric (selvage to selvage) which gives me a 43″-45″ strip. I make the strap and cut it to the desired length when I’m finished which not only saves me time, but makes it easy if I’m going to need smaller pieces that are needed when using D-Rings or O-Rings.
STEP 1: Cut & Iron
STEP 2: Fold
Now, fold in half again (on the original crease). Make sure the edges line up perfectly here. Pin in place if desired, although, if you make a point of doing a great job ironing your creases, and are comfortable, you probably won’t have to pin. (Shhh…don’t tell anyone I said that!)
STEP 3: Sew
Repeat on the other side. Then repeat at equal distance intervals down the center of the strap. This example is a 1″ strap, so I used 1/4″ intervals. You may choose to use different spacing depending on the width of your strap and your desired look. Try using different colored or different weight threads to vary the look of your straps!
STEP 4: Set
The last step is to set the stitches by ironing the straps. If you haven’t cut them to length yet, now is the time to do so. And that’s it! You now have some gorgeous straps ready to incorporate into your bag!