Adjustable bag straps are simply FANTASTIC and really are so easy to make too! They are great when sometimes you would like to wear your bag on your shoulder and yet other times you want to wear it accross the body....just change the length to suit the need! They are fabulous for example, on messenger style bags, such as my Savannah Messenger.
Or indeed for any bag that has one strap! So just what do you need and how do you make them? To start with, you need a closed end strap. If you aren't sure what that is, refer to Part One in my Strap Series - How to Make A Closed End Strap.
You also need a slider...also known as slide adjuster or tri-glide ......and a method of attaching the completed strap to your bag. I like to use oval or rectangular rings. In this case I have chosen some oval rings which I have attached to my bag with short strap tabs the same width as my closed end strap:
Now take your prepared strap, wrong side facing up. Thread the end of the strap through the slider, over the centre bar.
TIP: You might like to add some rivets for extra strength, good looks or if your sewing machine finds the thickness of your straps a little too much to get through! If you need help setting rivets, you will find a tutorial on my blog.
Now take the other end of the strap and thread it through one of the oval rings attached to your bags body, going from the inside of the bag to the outside with wrong side upwards.
Take the strap end back through the slider (the wrong sides are together).
Thread the strap through the remaining oval ring attached to the other side of your bag, this time coming from the outside of your bag inwards towards the interior. Pin (Or use a clip as I have done) to hold in place:
Happy Bag Making!