RTW: Adjustable Fabric Straps TUTORIAL

Reader’s Tutorial Week is a week where i spotlight my Reader’s fabulous tutorials and introduce you to fellow Craftaholics. it’s tons of fun!!

Thanks Linda for selecting my Fabric Slides Adjustable Strap Tutorial for Reader’s Tutorial Week!  I know you had tons of super submissions!  This tute is, so far, my first.  I hope to write many more as I continue to learn and grow as a sewist and a new blogger!

Sure you can buy adjustable strap hardware at any craft store, but why spend the money when you can make slides out of coordinating or contrasting fabric?  Thanks to Nancy Zieman. and the video I watched over and over (and over), I made an adjustable strap for a purse I recently made. I decided to make the strap longer than Nancy’s.  Her’s is cut at 36 inches long and 2 inches wide.  I thought this was too short for a my bag since I want to be able to wear the bag across my body.  I decided on 46 inches long, which, after completing will be 28 inches,  I determined the width, 3 inches, after measuring the fusible interfacing I used.  The process was pretty easy.  Let’s get started!

2 strips of fabric cut to determined length and width + fabric for the slides*
Fusible Waistband Interfacing (like Dritz Perfect Waistmaker)
Coordinating thread
*Make the fabric slides by making one interfaced fabric strip a few inches longer and cutting off two strips.  Iron these strips in half and then in half again.  Then edgestitch.  By using the fabric from the strap piece, you are creating slides from matching fabric.  If you want to accentuate your slides, omit this step and use different fabric.

Perfect Waistmaker
  This fusible waistband interfacing comes in 2 long strips with a preforation down the middle.  It is easy to separate by snipping down the middle.  You can then use this as interfacing, which is about 1 1/2 inches wide or you can cut it again to whatever smaller width you desire.  Once you have determined length and width, cut it and iron it to the middle of your fabric strips.  Remember, your fabric strips should be about double the width of the interfacing.

Cut down center
Iron the interfacing to the strips and then iron each “half” to the middle.
Next, determine the middle of each strip.  If your strip is 46 inches long, the middle should be at 28 inches.  Fingerpress or press this halfway point.
Now take your slide that you have already sewn and hold it just below the halfway point you determined in the previous step.  Open the strap and cut the slide about 1/4 inch longer than the width of the opened (unpressed) strap.  This step is important…remember to measure after opening the strap peices you have already ironed closed.  The photo shows me measuring the folded and pressed side of the strap.  I figured out the potential mistake just before I cut the slide. 
Next, sew each end of the slide to the opened strap (cut edge to cut edge) at this halfway point.  When you have completed both slides on both straps, refold the straps where you sewed the slides.  I found re-ironing this area helped position slides.  Now, fold each strap in half wrongsides together and sew.  Sew across the strap when you come to the slide.  Try to get as close as you can to the slide.
Now you should have two straps each with one attached slide.  Stack the slides by turning one strap over and “insert” each strap into the other.  You should now have one strap that you can adjust to a shorter or longer length.  Attach your new strap to your bag in whatever method you choose.
I hope you find this tutorial helpful.  If I haven’t explained something well, please let me know.  This is my first tute!

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    Ooh this is great Angela! Thanks so much for the tute- I love this type of strap. I'll be linking.

  2. 2

    very cool. Again… if only I had a sewing machiene.

  3. 4

    I know this was quite some time ago but I thought maybe you could help. I’ve tried this for 4 days solid now so many times I’m about ready to pull my hair out. I just can’t figure it out. Would it be possible to put in a few more photos?