Thursday, September 16, 2010

The Making of A Bag Strap

I know there must be a bunch of ways to finish straps for a bag. Here is just one:

Well first, I plan to use woven webbing as part of the strap that will provide stability and comfort and be 'backed by a soft fabric shield of sorts. About 1 1/2 yards of 1 inch webbing will work for our bag. We'll work with this later... I'm just letting you know what's coming here

Step 1 Strap Foundation
a. Cut a piece of strap fabric about 4 inches wide by half the length of purchased this case 27".
b. Cut the same length in flannel but only 3 1/2 inches wide.
c. line up one long side of the flannel to the back side of the fabric and press together.

Step 2 Folding
a. Fold the lined up long side of 2 fabrics to the center of the flannel and press.

b. Fold over 1/4 " of the long side of the strap fabric and press.
c. Fold the rest of the flannel/fabric toward the center and stitch from end to end down the center.

Step 3 Add the webbing on the same side as just stitched, and stitch down both lengthwise edges. Since the webbing is just about an inch wide... and the fabric strap about 1 1/2 wide.... there will be about 1/4" of fabric extending beyond the webbing

Step 4 Squares to finish strap ends
Before that fabric gets put away.... cut two 2 1/2 inch squares for each a total of four squares. These will be used later to finish the raw edged end of each strap. Thats up next posting.

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