Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Adjustable strap tutorial

This is a new one... but a long overdue one. It's one of those things that is easier to show in ACTION rather than words and pictures, so I've put it off until now... but here goes.

I've made the strap in the tutorial a lurid green with black stitching to enhance the contrast... under normal circumstances I'd colour-match the fabric and thread.

HOW TO MAKE AN ADJUSTABLE STRAP....
The same rules of construction apply whether you're using
webbing and plastic fittings or metal fittings and fabric.


1. Cut a short length of strap and thread it through a square ring, d-ring or o-ring.


2. Stitch the strap together (to hold the ring at the top of the strap loop). This can be done by stitching horizontally across the strap, stitching vertically along the edges of the strap, stitching an x in the middle... or a combination of all of them. Alternatively you could use eyelets to hold the ring in place.

3. Thread the end of a LONG strap over the middle bar of a tri-glide or slide adjuster (or buckle with the wire diddly bit in the middle wrenched off with pliers).

4. Fold the strap over the middle bar and stitch it back on to the long strap. If you have raw ends of fabric or webbing, you'll need to turn these under and stitch around to completely conceal them. If you've been to one of my classes, you'd have already learned a few tricks to keep these ends neat!!! ;).
5. Lay the tri-glide end of the strap on the table with the WRONG side of the strap facing up (the side with the turned under end). Thread the other end through the ring you attached to the shorter strap.


6. Thread the end of the long strap through the tri-glide.


7. It should look a bit like this on the UNDERSIDE (and the long end of the strap continues beyond the tri-glide).

8. Attach both ends of the strap to your bag in the usual way. If you don't know what "the usual way" is, I suggest you either buy a pattern or come to a class, and I'll show you!!

Copyright Nicole Mallalieu 2008

Happy sewing
xxn

23 comments:

Moiface said...

Thanks for the instructions!

Two Peas In a Pod said...

This is so great. I just bought a bunch of buckles from an op shop for .99 cents. Now I will be able to use them. Thanks for putting up such great tutorials!!!
Cheers Kyla

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Oh! I so could have done with that for my satchel I made last weekend. I got right, but didn't have the lovely neat stitching to keep it all in place. Now I know for next time :)

TLCSays said...

Fantastic tutorial!'ve been dying to try this, but didn't know how to get started. Can't wait to do it. Marking your blog as a favorite :)

summernightsmiles said...

Great tutorial! Thank you soo much. I used it for my latest bag - the first time I made an adjustable strap! And it worked perfectly.

Lori S. said...

This is fantastic! So clear and such perfect photos. I want to make adjustable straps for a dog coat I am making, but just couldn't quite figure it out myself. Thank you!

ellie said...

wow - people like you, with awesome and clear instructions like these, really make the internet a magical place! thank you for taking the time to post and share your knowledge. i can't wait to try this out!

piecemealquilts said...

Thank you! I've been meaning to figure out how to do this (by picking apart a purchased strap), but you saved me the trouble.

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! Helped me a lot!

Kim Bates said...

Nice tut! I don't do these often and this helped a lot! I will put it in my favs for the next time.
Kim

Sarah said...

Thank you so much for the tutorial, but do you have any idea where I could find a 2 and 1/2" Tri-glide? I am trying to make a guitar strap and the only Tri-glides I can find anywhere online are 2" or less.

Mina Widding said...

Perfect, just what I needed. I can never remember how to do this right, and your tutorial was very good indeed :)

Mrs. Joanz said...

Thank you so much for posting tutorials such as this for self taught sewers like me. I live in the Hawaii...if I lived where you are, I'd definitely come to ALL your classes. LOVE YOUR BLOG!

webbsway said...

Your tutorial is wonderful ! Just perfect that we can understand what you are talking about.

Thank you so much for sharing of yourself.

rachael said...

fantastic how-to! thanks SO much :)

Mel P said...

I looked at a few tutorials on how to do this and yours is the best by far! Concise instructions with fantastic pictures. Thank you so much!

Now I'm off to see if you have a zipper tutorial...

inday_adin said...

Oh boy! Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial. I needed to see this! LOL! This is really helpful. I didn't know the names of those rings and slide adjuster before, but then now I know. Thanks to you! Yaye!

Nutella Nutterson said...

I love the idea of using a buckle with the middle part taken out - there are SO many cute buckles out there - way more adorable buckles than adorable tri-slides!

Also makes me think that a belt (cut into two pieces) could make a kick-butt bag strap as well.

Anonymous said...

i came across this from google, just wanted to say thanks it helped me out with a buckle today

StepThruCrazy said...

Great tutorial! Thanks so much, I really thought it would be more difficult than that, but that's easy! Thanks!

Ellie said...

Thank you! I reconstructed an old purse, and the strap was giving me fits. Your tutorial saved me so much time!

Dina0611 said...

Awesome tutorial!!! I thought it was going to be a huge headache but thanks to you all my bags will be adjustable! Thanks :)

Mike said...

This reminds me of when I was little and my mom would tie my mittens up to my coat so I wouldn't lose them.