Jan 16

How to make a non-turn strap

Look Ma, no turning!

Look Ma, no turning!

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.


Annie sweet potato/natural - ANESWL

Annie sweet potato/natural - ANESWL


Interfacing - I like to use Craft Fuse

I use Craft Fuse interfacing, which is nice and stiff. The pattern piece for this strap is a rectangle measuring 25″ x 4″.

The process

Press in half

Press in half

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.

Raw ends in

Raw ends in

Take the raw ends and bring them to the center crease you just made. Press.

In half again

In half again

With raw edges tucked inside, fold again on the original crease and pin.

Top stitch

Top stitch

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 bag

Attach to bag

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.
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  • Louisa Genzale

    These straps are perfect.

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  • Jessica

    I just made this today with an adorable corduroy outside and used a vintage flower print pillowcase for the inside fabric – it’s adorable. Thanks for the great pattern and tutorial!

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  • BrainJet2

    In the instructions you didn’t say when to use the craft fuse, and what is another name for this? Any type of fusible lining, heavy, light, etc…? I’m very new to this so all the help you can give is greatly appreciated. I love your bags and will post many pictures once I get a finished one. Thank you so much! Kim

  • Kim,
    Hello! So very sorry for the delay in response. In the first step, it says, “Fold your interfaced strap piece in half longwise and press.” So, I guess we didn’t say it explicitly, but you iron on your interfacing before this step. Sorry for the confusion. Craft Fuse is a brand name for a heavy interfacing. However, don’t worry too much about it. You can use a lighter interfacing or even none at all. I’ve made these straps every which way and they come out just fine. The only difference is how stiff or floppy they wind up being. That’s up to you and I’ve had bags with both and they look equally nice. Thanks for your question!

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