How to Sew and Turn Narrow Shoulder Straps

This article describes an easy way to sew narrow (thin) straps for a dress or other item and turn them inside out hassle free. 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.

Steps

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    Select and cut the fabric for the shoulder strap you wish to make.
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    Lay some piping cord, ribbon or old shoelace on the right side of the fabric.
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    Fold the fabric across the cord and line up the edges.
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    Sew across the end of the fabric, making sure to catch the piping cord.
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    Sew along the length of the strap with the piping cord on the inside. Do not catch the piping cord in the seam.
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    Hold the end of the strap gently in one hand and begin to pull the piping cord with the other.
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    The strap will start to gather along the piping cord.
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    Ease the end inside itself.
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    Pull the entire strap through itself, until it is right side out.
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    Snip off the piping cord from the end
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    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.
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    Pin it as you go in preparation for ironing.
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    Iron your strap.
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    Attach your strap to your project as specified by your pattern or design.

Things You'll Need

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

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