Have you found or designed an awesome bag pattern that is screaming for an adjustable strap? (Think messenger bag, laptop bag or any cross-body bag.) Look no further – this tutorial will walk you through the simple process for customizing your bag so it fits anyone!
- 55-65″ of strap (you can use webbing or your own handmade straps)
- Two 5″ pieces of strap (cut this from the length above)
- Hardware: 1 slider & 2 rings (There are many different types/styles of this hardware – pick something that fits your bag! Just make sure it is the appropriate size to fit your strap width.)
Begin with those two pieces of 5″ strap. Place your rings (I used D Rings) on each strap piece. Move it to the center and fold the strap over on itself. Pin in place then sew together close to the raw edges. Attach these strap pieces in place of the original strap ends of your bag pattern. Follow your pattern instructions to complete your bag. Finish the ends of your main (long) strap by serging or using a zigzag stitch and securing with fray check. Place your slider on the end of the strap and fold it over to the 2″ mark. Sew in place – I sew in a rectangle for strength. Place your bag face up on your table, and thread the strap end (without the slider) through the inside of the ring that is furthest away from you (right side of the bag). Pull the strap through until the slider is close to the ring (refer to picture below for clarity.)
Run it back through the other side of the slider.
Pull it through.
Place the free strap edge through the other ring. You will thread it through from the OUTSIDE of the bag towards the inside. Make sure the strap is not twisted before proceeding!
Pull the end through about 2″ and loop it back onto itself and sew in place with another rectangle. Stitch and x in the center for more strength.