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“It”-bags are passé. Now “It”-straps are the thing. Bright and colourful, they instantly give bags that special something.

Finished 2

The flowers can also be attached with safety pins, then easily changed, depending on the styling. If you like it sportier, use striped webbing and omit the flowers.


- Fabric/leather
- Fusible web
- Decovil (Vilene)
- Webbing
- Scissors
- Needle
- Leather glue
- Chalk
- Tape measure
- Ruler
- Pencil
- Clips
- 2 snap hooks
- Thread
- Templates (download here)

step 1

For the leather flower, cut one strip each of leather and fabric, each 3.5 × 35 cm (1 3/8″ × 14″). Adhere strips together, with fusible web.

step 2

Draw around template B along the entire length of the strip. Cut along marked lines and gather the straight edge. Repeat steps 1 and 2 as often as desired.

step 3

Fabric flower: Cut a fabric strip, 7 × 35 cm (2 3/4″ × 14″). Press strip in half lengthwise. Draw around template C and cut out. Gather straight edge.

step 4

Cut leather strap, 95 × 5.5 cm (38″ × 2 1/4"). Fold each long edge to wrong side, 1 cm (3/8") wide, and glue in place.

Step 5

With template A, cut 2 pieces of Decovil. Iron to wrong side of leather. Cut out each piece, adding approx. 3 mm (1/8") wide seam allowances.

Step 6

Clip webbing to wrong side of strap and edge-stitch long edges in place.

Step 7

Run each piece A through a snap hook and fold in half. Slide end of strap between leather layers. Edge-stitch closed. Sew flowers in place by hand.

Finished 1

To create a harmonious whole, at least one colour on the strap should match the bag – with the exception of black or white.

Finished 3

Sew several different straps, to give your bag a new look every day!

Finished 4


  • 2004_toni_large

    Aug 8, 2017, 01.37 PMby ndimi

    Such fun! Thanks for the tut!

  • Simba_nov_06_large

    Aug 5, 2017, 02.02 PMby nrobson

    fabric flowers are on my try-out list x

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