Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

This tutorial describes an easy way to sew narrow (thin) straps for a dress or other item and turn them inside out hassle free. This is all my own work; I have also published this tutorial at wiki-how and burdastyle.

This technique could easily be adapted to other items – arms and legs on soft dolls, for instance. Please read the entire instructions before beginning so you know where you’re heading.

Things You’ll Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Piping cord, ribbon or old shoelace
  • Sewing machine

Steps

Select and cut the fabric for the shoulder strap you wish to make.

Lay some piping cord, ribbon or old shoe lace on the right side of the fabric.

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Fold the fabric across the cord and line up the edges.

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Sew across the end of the fabric, making sure to catch the piping cord.

Sew along the length of the strap with the piping cord on the inside. DO NOT catch the piping cord in the seam.

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Hold the end of the strap lightly in one hand and begin to pull the piping cord with the other. The strap will start to gather along the piping cord.

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Ease the end inside itself. Pull the entire strap through itself, until it is right side out.

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Snip off the piping cord from the end

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Prepare the strap for ironing by wetting your fingers slightly and rubbing the fabric back and forth between your thumb and forefinger to ease the seam to the edge.

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Pin it as you go in preparation for ironing. Iron your strap.

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

Attach your strap to your project as specified by your pattern or design.

Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

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