Tutorial ~ Bag Straps

on July 10 | in Sewing + Quilting Tips, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 12 Comments

You asked, and we cajoled Lisa into doing two fabulous bag strap tutorials for us all! We’re sure you remember her inspiring work, but while you’re thinking of it be sure to browse through her Flickr site and Pink Lemonade Boutique blog for more of Lisa’s beautiful bags. This is the first of Lisa’s two tutorials.:


For a basic flat handle you would cut the fabric 4x the finished width. For example, this 1″ strap started off with a piece of fabric cut 4″ x 20″. You would also cut the interfacing to the same dimensions. Interfacing is a must for sturdy, long lasting straps. I use either decor-bond or craft-fuse.


After fusing the interfacing, I crease the strap down the center with the iron.


Then, iron both long sides in to meet the center crease.


Then fold in the center again and steam press well.


Stitch each long side about 1/8th inch from edge.


Then stitch 1/4th inch from the first stitching for form channels. This step is optional, however I almost always make them this way; I find it makes for a stronger strap.


Your finished straps.

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12 Responses to Tutorial ~ Bag Straps

  1. Rachel says:

    I’m going to give this method a try. I dislike crunched up purse straps. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Hope says:

    Best way to make straps ever! Thanks!

  3. Lauren says:

    Thank you! I’m not so afraid of making straps anymore!

  4. Kathy says:

    THANKS FOR SHARING! I’ve been wondering how to make my straps sturdier.

  5. liz elayne says:

    love the idea of the extra stitching – going to do that later today!

  6. Lisa says:

    It was my pleasure, I’m always willing to share, happy bag making!

  7. Mary says:

    Thanks so much, Lisa! Those look great. I like doing the extra stitching, too.

  8. Stephanie says:

    Thanks so much, Lisa! I have always admired your bags and wondered how you made those fabulous handles!!

  9. heidi says:

    love the pictures! thanks for the great tutorial!

  10. beki says:

    This is how I make my straps, but I never thought to add additional stitching, making “channels”. I’ll give that a try next time.

  11. Kristin says:

    Well, you make that look so easy! I am definitely going to try it. Thank you!

  12. Kathleen says:

    Why is it that I have never used interfacing in my straps? I normally line them with quilt batting, but duh! (I’m smacking myself in the forehead here) interfacing!!

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