Quick and Hardy Straps and Tabs

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Shannon_Dennis Shannon Dennis, contributor
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Cut your strip twice the finished width measurement.
Fold both raw edges in toward the center fold, keeping wrong sides together.
Fold the strip in half widthwise, wrong sides together.
Cut your strip twice the finished width measurement.

Cut your strip twice the finished width measurement.

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For handles, straps, or loops that will run the race with you, try this technique that can be used with any pattern. Start by cutting a strip of fabric four times the finished width of your pattern strap. For example, if the pattern strap has a finished width of 3 inches, cut your strip 12 inches.


Cut your strip twice the finished width measurement.

Next, fold your strip in half widthwise, wrong sides together.


With wrong sides together, fold the strip in half widthwise.

Open the strip, then fold the raw edges lengthwise into the center fold, keeping wrong sides together. Press with an iron.


Fold both raw edges in toward the center fold, keeping wrong sides together.

Finally, fold your strip in half widthwise along the original center fold and press. Pin along the open edge and sew 1/8 inch away from each edge.


Stitch along both edges 1/8 inch away from the folds.

Now you have hardy loops, handles, straps, or tabs! Continue following the directions in your pattern. For extra hardiness, you can fuse the strap with interfacing or stabilizer after cutting the fabric, then move on to the remaining steps.

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Comments (2)

Shannon_Dennis writes: I actually had it written out completely wrong! Thanks for catching that! I meant 4x which would equal 12.
Posted: 10:17 am on August 15th
Gigi_Louis writes: I think you mean 9 inches (vs. 12) right?
Posted: 11:31 am on August 12th
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