here is the 2nd part for the tote-bag tutorial, you can re-read the first part here.
so after finishing the bag last week I needed to make my straps, so I took the length of strap I wanted (58cm) plus 2 times the seam allowance at the top (2 x 4cm). So I cut straps 66cm long. I picked 58 cm length, because its long enough to get comfortable over the shoulder, but still short enough to carry it in the hand… or at least thats what I think 😉
the straps I cut are 6cm wide, 1.5cm – 2cm – 1.5cm – 1cm I marked on those straps
then I cut it and placed it on the ironing board, then ironed the 1.5cm inside
then the 1cm from the other side
and folded that 1cm over again at the 1.5cm line, so I folded all down to a 2cm wide strip that I marked in the middle
thats what the inside of my strap looks like now. This way all open edges are placed inside and the thickest part is in the middle of the strap
of course I did the same with the other strap as well
then I sewed over both twice parallel to each other, so all folds will stay in place
If you like to you can sew more parallel lines as well, if you use a solid color you could do so in a contrasting thread-color, that might give a nice look.
then I re-checked if both straps are the same length, and had to cut one a little shorter, because it was longer then the other.
now I placed my first strap on the un-folded top, wrong side of the strap facing up. I measured the same from each side seam, so they would be placed evenly.
then I sewed over them within those first 2cm I ironed last week, you will not be able to see that seam later, its just to keep the straps in place
now I folded those 2cm inside again
and then folded it over again
and folded the strap up again
and pinned it in place.
then I sewed the straps in place with those little boxes with a cross inside
looks like this. In case you are wondering, I made step by step pictures for this a little more to the end of this post
I sewed those from the right side of the bag, because the wrong side tends to look a little messy…
but of course if that does not bother you, you can always sew on this side, because you can see the strap that you are sewing.
then I did the same with the other strap, I placed it right where I put the first strap and folded it inside the double-fold at the top as I did with the other.
Here comes the little step by step on how I sew those little rectangles on the straps and bag: (if you have your own method, just scroll over it)
I start at the top and sew from the beginning of the strap, parallel to the fold
to the end of the strap but stop just before, the needle is still placed inside the fabric, then I lift the presser foot and turn my fabric
so I can sew through the side of the strap, until the fold of the strap, then turned again
and sewed close to the fold and parallel to that edge again, turned 90 degrees againand sewed up on the other side, then I turned it 45°
and sewed diagonal to the other corner
from there turned to sew the bottom again, turned and sewed the other diagonal line
and finished with sewing the top seam again and securing my seam with stitches forward and backward.
then all that was left to do was just to sew parallel to the end through that twice folded seam allowance at the top all around the top of the bag, securing my seam al beginning and end (start and stop was one of the side seams)
and my tote bag is finished
my top seam looks a little wonky, if you get to close 😉
anyhow as planned, works great over the shoulder
but also carried by hand. 🙂
Do you have any questions about this project? Do not hesitate to ask!
Do you like my heart-y print? You can order it here, also in other color combinations.
keep sewing and smiling