Recently I invited Liz Schaffner from Moments to do a guest post for me, on making straps, since her straps always look so darn perfect! LOL I must admit to being tickled pink that she accepted as she has such a beaut sense of humour and her blog posts are always such FUN to read! :) So it is with great pleasure I hand this post over to Liz:
In Germany we have this product called Vlieseline Bundfix .. ( I don't know if you have it in other countries??) It is used for the waistband in skirts & pants. I love it since it is "idiot" proof...
I iron it on my fabric ....( ignore the yellow edges...yes I scorched it !)
then iron along the middle line....
Top stitch, first along the open edge...
Now that you have a perfect strap...comes the hard part...deciding how to attach it to your purse.
Normally we sew the strap to the side of the purse...but once in a while we have to get more creative.
If my fabric is to thick... I will attach my strap to the side of the bag...like I did on my messenger bag ...this avoids the super thick seam and needle breakage ( I do use #100 jean needles but even they have their limit !)
Or you can add the straps to the front of the bag like I did on my Paris bag ??
You don't always have to use what the pattern calls for...for example....Christine used these cool oval Eyelets on her Lombard Street iPad Bag pattern.
Since I couldn't find them ....that didn't stop me from making the bag...(Actually I begged Christine to let me test the pattern but don't tell anyone I told you ...its our little secret!) I ended up making a tab & an adjustable strap.
( I use Christine's Tutorial for an adjustable strap)
I hope you liked my little tutorial on how I make my straps...and hopefully I have inspired you to try different things.
Thank you for sharing how you make your straps with us Liz....I just HAVE to get some of that stuff! LOL
Liz tells me it comes in different sizes, being 25, 30, 35 mm finished size...in white & black! Having done a quick internet search from what I can see, it's called "Vilene Waist Shaper" here (Australia) BUT I have yet to look to see if I can actually get it! LOL Does anybody else know of it or use it? Or have any other nifty tricks to share for making great straps? Please let us know in the comments below!