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Old 10-21-2012, 08:58 AM   #4
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Re: Easiest way to make straps for bags??

The fastest way to make straps is to buy cotton or nylon strap/belt material. Joann keeps theirs with the rope by the yard. Then you cut and add it to the bag. If you want to make it out of the fabric you are using for the bags, just cut a strip 2x as wide as you want + a half inch to make 1/4in seam allowance. Sew wrong sides together, turn right side out and press with your iron. That is all you have to do, but I would suggest topstiching at least on the seam side (I usually topstitch both sides) as it makes the strap lay flatter and look much better. If your bag is out of quilting fabric, your handles will feel a bit flimsy with this method, but will likely work fine for a small library bag. If it is out of a heavier fabric, they will work great no matter the size of the bag.
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