Sunday, March 2, 2014
DIY Guitar Strap (Tutorial)
Anyway, he wanted a strap for his guitar, and you all know that he is the first to ask me to make him something. So he asked for a strap. I had this skull fabric left over from some boxers I made him, so it was the chosen fabric. Please read through the entire tutorial before you make any cuts. This was a "snap pics as you go" kind of thing. I made some changes as I went.
The first thing I did was decide how wide I needed the strap. I used several belts I had to use for comparison. I just put the belts over his shoulder to gauge very roughly. I decided 2" was plenty.
What you'll need:
1 piece of fabric 5" x 45" (or whatever your measurements are)
1 piece of batting 4" x 44" (make this 1/2" less all around)
1 piece of Pellon SF101 fusible lining 5" x 45" (or the size of your fabric strip)
1 piece of twine roughly 1/4" in diameter(use what will go around the neck of the guitar)
1/4" Double sided wash away wonder tape (optional)
I cut my fabric 5" wide by the width of the fabric. In this case, 45". I used Pellon SF101 to stabilize the fabric. I cut a piece of batting (warm and natural) the same width. Here it is all put together. I fused the Pellon to the fabric then used an adhesive spray to keep the batting in place. Sorry I forgot to take pictures of them all separated.
The one thing I did, and you'll notice in later pics is I cut back the batting by 1/2" on the edges. Once I got to this next part, I realized it was way too thick. So use the measurements above for your sizing. I changed mine after the above picture was taken.
Fold in 1/2" on each of the long sides and iron really well.
On one side, place the wash away wonder tape. And peel off the backing.
Fold the strip in half and press down with your fingers on the edges to seal the wonder tape. Iron really well. This just helps keep everything in place until you stitch it down. You could simply press the strip in half and pin if you prefer.
I hope this helps someone else.