What’s worse than making a thin tube and then having to turn it right-side out? Uh … nothing. Here is a painless, turn-free way to make a nice, neat strap for a handbag or tote. A full tutorial for the bag shown can be found here.
I use Craft Fuse interfacing, which is nice and stiff. The pattern piece for this strap is a rectangle measuring 25″ x 4″.
Fold your interfaced strap piece in half longwise and press.
NOTE: Depending on what you’re using your strap for, you might not want a raw edge on one or both ends. If that’s the case, before you do this step, press 1/4″ under on each short end so that the ends are encased.
Take the raw ends and bring them to the center crease you just made. Press.
With raw edges tucked inside, fold again on the original crease and pin.
Top stitch along the open edge, about 1/8″ from edge. Then top stitch at the same distance down the other side, where the fold is. This makes it look pretty.
Attach to your bag. Measure how far in from the sides of the bag you’d like your straps, mark and then pin the straps on. Whatever side you want on the outside when you’re using the bag should go face down here. Extend the raw ends of the strap a wee bit from the top edge of the bag. Baste in place. Here is the rest of the tutorial for this pleated handbag.