How to sew a double-sided strap
I spent today designing and sewing a new style of bag that I’m really excited about. I finally figured out some stuff with applique stitching (who knew you needed a special foot?!), which I’ll get into in my next post.
In the meantime, I figured I’d take this opportunity to do a strap tutorial. As always, I must preface this with the good old “I’m completely self-taught, so just because I do it this way doesn’t mean it’s the right way” disclaimer.
1. Cut two strips of fabric (one for the top/outside and one for the bottom/liner) that are one inch wider and one inch longer than the measurements of your finished strap. I want my finished strap to be 2″ by 24″, so I cut two 3″ by 25″ strips of fabric.
2. Place the right sides together and sew along one of the long sides, leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance. Press the seam open.
3. Lay the strap wrong side up on your ironing board. Fold the raw edges in 1/2″ and pin. (Hint: Since you’re just ironing and not sewing yet, you can use the ironing board as a “pin cushion” by pinning the fabric directly to the board.)
4. Press the folded raw edge.
5. Repeat on the other side.
6. Fold and press the two wrong sides of the fabric together.
7. Pin together the open seam.
8. Sew the two pieces of fabric together by stitching each long side at 1/4″ from the edge, then again at 1/8″ from the edge, so you end up with two lines of stitching on each side.
Hint: If your two fabrics aren’t the same color but you don’t want a contrasting stitch, use a different color thread on the main spool than on the bobbin. In this case, I didn’t want to use purple thread on the green fabric, or green thread on the purple fabric, so I used a spool of green thread on the top and purple thread for the bobbin. The green from the main spool peeks through the purple side just a little bit. I think it’s a nice effect.
9. Depending on your style, mood, energy level, etc., add as many lines of stitching as you’d like. I went with three on each side.
Congratulations, fellow crafter! You have yourself one fine-lookin’ strap. Use at your leisure.
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