Make Suitcase Straps

Suitcase strap

Suitcase strap

My suitcase strap is purely for identification purposes – it doesn’t provide any security whatsoever.  Do you ever wait for your suitcase to come on the carousel after your flight and then keep wondering if that one just coming is yours?  It never is – mine always seems to be one of the last to appear.  Anyway, I’ve made this strap using scrap fabric just so that my suitcase can be identified as soon as it appears.

Requirements for the suitcase strap

twenty 3.1/2″ squares from scrap

3.1/2″ strip of fabric 60.1/2″ long

button and rectangle about 3.1/2″ by 1.1/2″ for loop

Two strips for the suitcase strap

Two strips for the suitcase strap

Making the suitcase strap

My suitcase measures about 57″ all the way round the middle, so I have used twenty 3.1/2″ to give me roughly 60″ length.  This allows for a bit of overlap for the button and loop.

Sew all the squares together in one row.  With right sides together sew the strip of squares and the plain strip to each other down the long sides.  Leave the short sides open so that they form a tube.

Turn the tube right side out

Turn the tube right side out

Turn the tube right side out.  This is dead easy with 3.1/2″ squares.  I had planned on using 2.1/2″ squares at first, but then I realised that 3.1/2″ squares would be far more easy to turn right side out.

Sew a button to one end

Sew a button to one end

Press the strap along its length and turn in and pin a small seam at each end.

Sew a button to one end of the strap, making sure that it is far enough away from the end of the strap for you to be able to top stitch along the edge later.  I am holding the button to one side of the strap, but I actually sewed it on in the middle of that square.

Fold the rectangle to make a small strip

Fold the rectangle to make a small strip

Tuck the loop in to the end of the strap

Tuck the loop in to the end of the strap

Take the small rectangle of fabric and turn in 1/4″ along each long edge.  Press and then fold in half along the long edge to make a small strip of fabric with all the raw edges covered.  Sew in place.

Fold the loop to form a loop and tuck the ends of the loop inside the pinned seam at the end of the strap.

Top stitch all round

Top stitch all round

Top stitch all round the strap – I used one line of stitching down the sides but three lines of stitching at each end to make sure that the ends were secure.

Now I feel that my suitcase will be distinct enough that I will always be able to recognise it instantly with its new suitcase strap.

Thanks for visiting my blog.

I hope to see you again soon.

Rose

 

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