Do you sometimes feel like doing something different for your bag straps? Very often I use two strips of fabric with or without some wadding or interfacing, but every now and again I decide to go with something a little more interesting. The plaited straps that I used on the snap bag are one such example. For these I plaited the three different fabrics that I had used for the bag, making it a really unique bag.
Making the braided bag straps
Cut a 2″ strip of each fabric across the width of the fabric. Fold each long edge in to the middle and then fold in half along the length. This means that the raw edges are completely covered. Sew a seam down the lengthof the strip to hold everything in place. I have used black thread as I quite like the contrast in the braided strips but you may prefer to use thread that matches each strip. Using a quilting safety pin secure end of the three strips.
Plait the fabric strips by bringing the right hand strip across to the middle then the left hand strip to the middle then the right hand strip to the middle and so on. When you have finished, secure the ends with another quilting pin. Sew a line of stitching across each end of the braided strip, just down from the quilting pin. Find the midpoint of the braided strip and sew two lines of stitching about 1/2″ apart at this midpoint. cut between the two lines of stitching to make two plaited bag handles.
I found that from strips of fabric cut across the width (about 42″ long) I ended up with a plaited bag strap length of about 342. This gives two 17″ braided bag straps.
Here’s the video: