Off on holidays soon? Struggle to spot your plain black suitcase in the midst of hundreds just the same? Then make a colourful luggage strap to help you spot your case easily! Download the PDF HERE.
- 40cm fabric
- 40cm interfacing
- Buckle 50mm
- Thread & Scissors
- Sewing Machine
- Pins and/or fold back clips
- All materials available in Sew Busy!
Preparing the fabric
Measure around your suitcase and add 10 inches (mine was 52 inches plus the 10, gave 62). Cut fabric - given that the length needed will be longer than the standard width of fabric, you will need to cut two pieces to stitch together. These should measure 7 inches wide. When stitched together along the short edge they should measure the full length you calculated above. Mine were: 7x42 inches; & 7x20.5 inches. I added half an inch for the seam.
Stitch together along the short edge to get one long skinny piece (Fig 1). Press seams open (Fig 2). Attach interfacing to the wrong side of your fabric to give more structure. I used medium weight iron on interfacing. Again you will need to use two pieces. (Fig 3).
Pressing in place
Press the two short edges in, half inch wrong sides together (Fig 4). Press wrong sides together along the long length (Fig 5). Open out & press outer long edges to the centre (Fig 6). Then fold and press along the centre line so that all raw edges are hidden inside. Pin or clip together (Fig 7).
Stitch using an eighth inch top stitch along all four edges (Fig 8). You may also like to add further lines of stitching along the length to add interest and structure (Fig 9).
Attaching to the Buckle
Thread one end through the end of the buckle that only has one gap (the female end) (Fig 10). Clip in place (Fig 11). Stitch in place with two lines of stitching reinforced well Fig 12 & 13)
Thread the other end through the other side of the buckle (Fig 14) and secure onto the case (Fig 15). All done. Now all you need to do is pack and fly away somewhere warm!