25 comments on “Making Tiny Straps the Easy Way

  1. I have been doing mine this way for years?
    It’s a super trick ..some times I just use matching binding for the straps, headbands and purse straps..for these of us that make our own binding..we always have too much?
    Always glad to hear about new tricks .
    Thanks and stay safe?

  2. Barbara Gabby on Jun 5, 2020 12:49 am | Reply

    I fold mine a little different. I make a center crease, open the strip and fold the edges to the center crease. It looks like bias tape. Then fold on center crease and stitch edges. I do this because I’m not good at making a 1/4″ seam.

  3. I do this for bag straps too! Works well! 😉 So much easier than turning tubes! Nice too Rosie. ?

  4. Ruth Kidd on Jun 5, 2020 6:20 am | Reply

    That is so much easier, Rosie, and is a great trick I picked up from one of your videos! Sometimes the tubes I make feel a bit thicker on the hem side – and it occurred to me that Barbara Gabby’s idea (above) of folding in half, pressing, and turning the edges to the centre, would give an even feel across the tube. To do this, I would just need to cut the fabric 4 times the finished width eg 4cm wide, for finished width of 1cm. I’m definitely going to try that next time I have a tiny tube to sew!

    • Yep, you’re spot on. If you do this Barbara’s way, you need to cut the strip 4 time the finished width. I think it’s a great idea, glad you like it too. 🙂

  5. Anne. Walsh on Jun 5, 2020 11:38 am | Reply

    I use this method for making tie belts also. If the belt Is wider you can simply top stitch over the closed pressed edge for a more finished look.

    • Yes, it does give a more even look to the strap when you stitch down both sides. Thanks for sharing Anne. 🙂

  6. Karen R. on Jun 5, 2020 5:40 pm | Reply

    I use a “Fasturn” tool. so fast and easy and even does the very small straps needed for doll Clothes. If you are a sewer it is well worth the investment.

  7. Margaret on Jun 7, 2020 3:55 pm | Reply

    Hi Rosie 🙂
    Great tip, thank you 🙂 Always enjoy reading what tips and tricks you come up with 🙂
    thank you for sharing 🙂
    have a nice day 🙂
    stay safe and well 🙂
    Margaret (Magz:)

  8. Nancy Smith on Jul 5, 2020 11:00 pm | Reply

    Hi Rosie,
    Thanks for your great tips. Now that I have used it to sew straps for a halter top and it is right side out, how do I nicely attach it to my bodice?
    Thanks for your help

    • Hi Nancy, with my halter top you just thread it through the casing you have created in the halter top so there is no need to attach it. If you want the ends to be neat, fold them in before folding the strap in half and stitching. Hope this helps. 🙂

  9. Diane Braden on Sep 25, 2020 11:12 am | Reply

    Sometimes I “cheat” and use a coordinating/ decorative ribbon for the finished strap width and use that instead of using the binding/bias type method. But I always avoid turning the small straps if possible. I have even used the coordinating folding elastic at times depending on the type of outfit/look I’m going for.

    • No Ruth, I never cut them on the bias if I’m making tubes. If you are pressing the strips to make bias tape, then yes, you would cut the fabric on the bias then. 🙂

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