Summer dress straps, bag/purse straps, vest tops... decorative ties, slim spaghetti straps. They look great and there is a very easy way to make them.
We’ve all been there, fighting to turn a strap the right way round because the instructions told you to make it using the traditional method. Whether you are using a Bodkin, a knitting needle, an old 1970’s nappy pin, it’s time consuming and you have to bag it out (posh way of saying turning the right way… it’s a Great British sewing Bee thing).
So, here is my very easy method.
Press your fabric first. This gives you a flat surface to work with.
With the wrong side up, fold in half lengthways and press again. This makes a crease down the middle.
Fold both outsides into the middle. Press.
Fold the fabric over and press again.
Using your sewing machine, top stitch along the open edge close to the folds. Press again.
Ta Da!! A straight, flat strap that can be used for bags, a strappy dress or top.
How simple is that? No walking around the house trying to turn fabric whilst muttering under your breath, wishing you’d never started this ****** thing...!
NB. I know, you might think I have a fetish for irons. I don't. I loathe ironing but sewing and pressing go hand in hand. It gives your projects a sharp, professional finish, it's easier to sew a pressed edge it and bonds the stitches to the fabric.