Saturday, May 23, 2015

{how to} make wrist strap for a pouch

Hello everyone, today I'd like to share a quick little tutorial on how to make a wrist strap which can be added to pretty much any pouch you make.


To make one wrist strap and one D-ring tab you will need:
one 2" x 17" strip of quilting cotton fabric of choice
one 1/2" D-ring
one 1/2" swivel hook

1. Place 2” x 17” strip of fabric right side down on ironing board. Fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together, press. Open the strip, press long raw edges towards middle.



2. Fold in half again and press (raw edges are hidden inside). Cut your strip into one 2” long strip and one 15” long strip.


3. Pin the open edge of the 2" strip and stitch along both long edges using 1/8" seam allowance. Pull D-ring through the strip, fold in half, stitch along the raw edge to form a loop.



4. Pull swivel hook through the long strip making sure not to twist the fabric. Open both short raw edges, align them and pin together (right sides are together).


5. Stitch along the pinned edge using 1/4" seam allowance. 



6. Press the seam open. Your wrist strap forms one continuous loop now.


7. Refold long raw edges towards the middle seam again, press. Use pins or Wonder Clips to hold layers aligned. Stitch along both long edges using 1/8" seam allowance taking the pins/clips out as you go.



8. Position your seam over swivel hook, fold the strap in half. Use pins of clips to hold strap edges aligned and stitch across the strap (going back and forth a few times) about 1/2" from swivel hook to keep it from sliding around.



9. That's it. You're all done. Now simply attach D-ring with its loop to right side of exterior panel of your pouch before sewing exterior panels together (I usually attach it about 1" from the top edge) and add wrist strap once the pouch is finished.




Hope you find this tutorial helpful. 

Enjoy your weekend everyone. Svetlana

18 comments:

  1. Ten minutes ago I thought, "I need to find a tutorial on how to make a little strap that attaches with a clip." Then I looked at my blog feed and saw this - Perfect! Many thanks and have a great day!

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  2. Awesome idea, thanks for sharing!! Have a good weekend!

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  3. It's always handy when someone else has already figured out the measurements and how-to. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Very helpful, thank you so much!

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  5. this is going to be great, thank you!!

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  6. Thanks! Now I need to just find some D rings. For some reason I have plenty of swivel hooks but no D rings. Go figure.

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  7. Perfect turorial and very helpful for me! Thank you!

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  8. Thank you, Svetlana! This is just what I needed to know when I needed to know it! You are so nice to share your knowledge. Have a great weekend.

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  9. Thank you! This is just what I needed :)

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  10. Perfect timing! I was just planning to make some of these!

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  11. I could have used this when I was making your two in one pouch about 2 wks ago! I figured it out just fine, but I love it when somebody else does the figuring, so I don't have to ;-) The only thing I did differently was I joined the strap ends like I join my quilt bindings (with a diagonal seam) so there was no bulk.
    happy sewing ~ Tracy

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