I always wonder what my customers are up to and sometimes I am lucky enough to find out. Here are a couple of projects done by a customer using some adjustable plastic straps (I am a shiny metal nut so I don’t carry plastic findings at this time). This same type of project can, of course, be made using metal slides to create an adjustable straps.
Here are a two very detailed tutorials on how to make an adjustable strap. Creating an adjustable strap is a little tricky because you have to weave in both the adjustable slide and rectangle ring in the correct position. However, these two tutorials do a great job in explaining when and how to weave in the adjustable slide and rectangle ring.
- 1 Adjustable Slide (The width of the slide must be the width of your handle)
- Fabric (2 to 4 times as wide as the finished handle) or webbing
- 1 Connection piece (This is most traditionally a rectangle ring but this can be an o ring or d ring as well)
- Optional 2 connection piece (To make the finished bag balanced, you may want to add the second connection piece. this is not required because you can just sew one side of the handle directly onto your bag. This optional piece is marked #4 on the second tutorial.)
If you are a very visual person, this is a great youtube video created by Homespun Threads.
If you like step by step written instructions, I have found this tutorial at DIY Bag Patterns very nicely written up.
At Tantalizing Stitches, you can find bag making supplies such as rectangle rings, slides, o rings, d rings, and much more. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.