Sew and Turn Narrow Straps Tutorial

How to Sew and Turn Narrow Straps

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


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.

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

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.

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.

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

Snip off the piping cord from the end

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.

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

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

How to Sew and Turn Narrow Straps

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