I recently found this fab vintage bag in a charity shop but the strap was too short for my liking… I decided to replace the strap so I could wear it cross-body, whilst adding a pop of rainbow at the same time ✂️ So here’s a quick post on how to make an adjustable bag strap!
This is a really easy project – knock one up in less than 30 minutes ⏰
Knowing how to make an adjustable bag strap is a really useful skill to have in your sewing techniques toolbox… I’ve replaced quite a few of the straps on my daughter’s bags as she’s grown… it’s also a great option if a current bag strap is uncomfortable, or just a bit tatty & worn out.
Replacing the strap can prolong the life of your fave bag, or just give it a new look! You only need a few supplies too!
Scroll down for a written tutorial or catch the vid below…
How to make an adjustable bag strap
A sewing project for: Beginner Friendly
Sewing Time: Under an hour
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Need to know:
- For steps using machine sewing, straight stitch, backstitching at the start & end using stitch length 3mm unless otherwise stated.
- Read through the instructions fully before starting
Disclaimer: Strangulation hazard: Children must be supervised at all times.
You will need:
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- 2m of your chosen webbing of strapping
- 2 x swivel clips (also know as dog hooks) that match the width of your webbing or strapping
- 1 x slider that match the width of your webbing or strapping
- 2 x D-Rings (optional – if you’re using an existing bag then you are likely already to have D rings already sewn in)
Sewing Equipment You Will Need:
- Coordinating thread
- A machine needle that is strong enough to handle double thickness of your chosen strapping (eg a denim or leather needle)
- Tape measure or ruler
- Quilting clip
- Basic Sewing Kit
Make a replacement cross-body bag strap
- Cut off the original strap
2. Thread 1 end of your webbing/ strapping through from the underside of the strap slider. Bring the end over the central bar then thread back through to the
3. Sew the end to secure – a zipper foot can make this easier
4. Thread a swivel clip/ dog hook onto the strap. Hook on the opposite side to sewn hem near the slider
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5. Checking the strap isn’t twisted, thread the unsewn end of the strap through the slider
6. Thread the unsewn end through the remaining swivel clip
7. Sew the strap end down to secure the hook around the final swivel clip
8. Clip and go!
And you’re finished, well done!
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