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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tutorial-How to make interesting leather straps for purses

I really like to experiment a lot in bag making.I am bored of the plain straps,so I made these chic straps for my new purse & clicked pics so I could belt out  a quick tutorial :)
Here is what we are going to make.
 Isn't it yummy looking:)  For this you have to first cut strips from your leather/faux leather/rexin or whatever material you choose.The dimensions are 5" wide by whatever length you want.I have used 20".So cut 2 strips of 5" by desired length.
Draw a line on the wrong side in the center of the strip lengthwise like this.Ummm.............OK the line is really faint but I hope you got the point,if not I  am here:)
Now fold one side lengthwise (wrong side together) so it touches the line in the center & sew.
This is what you will get.
Now fold the other side similarly & sew.Now you will have a strip 2.5" wide.Fold it in half again & sew the entire length.Sew 2 more lines at regular distance lengthwise throughout the strip.This is the result,a 1.25" wide strap.
Now fold it once more...............last time I promise:)
Leave 1.5" at both ends & sew the rest shut & Voila!!!!!!!!
Your smart purse strap is ready.Repeat with the other strap.
If you are making this with regular fabric I would suggest you add interfacing to the strips before you start sewing.So start strapping up!!!!!!

2 comments:

angie

Genious!!!Thanks for taking the time to share!

Anonymous

Looks great! Can't wait to try this. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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