DIY Fabric Covered Strap Connector tutorial to learn how to add this unique hardware to your handmade bags and purses for a customized look.
Cover the center of the connector with your desired fabric choice including quilter’s weight cotton, cork, vinyl*, leather*, canvas, and other bag making materials. These connectors are very strong and they add a high-end finish to your bag! *This connector works best when you use material that is 1.13mm thick or less. My hardware testers and I have tested various types of materials and thicknesses to determine the maximum thickness of fabric allowed.
I’ve provided Free PDF Instructions, a Video Tutorial, and a Picture Tutorial for you to quickly and easily learn. I hope you enjoy these tutorials and learn something useful to use in your own bag making.FREE DOWNLOAD SHOP STRAP CONNECTORS
- Connector Base
- Blank Square
- (2) Screws per Connector
- Template Provided with the Connectors
- (1) 2 ½” Square of Fabric per Connector (use interfaced quilter’s weight cotton, vinyl, cork, leather, canvas, and other bag materials as long as they are flexible and under 1.13mm thick)
- Marking Pen
- Small Screw Driver
- Seam Ripper
- Hot Glue Gun or Fast Drying Glue
- Fray Stop or Glue
1) Start by cutting out the template. Then, trace the shape of the template onto the wrong side of your 2 ½” square of fabric.
2) Cut out the shape, and put it right side down on your work surface. Apply a thin layer of hot glue to the top of the blank square.
3) Then, press the blank square in the center of your fabric so that the screw holes on the blank square are lined up with the cut out indents of your fabric.
4) Next, start on one side with the screw hole and apply a thin layer of hot glue to the edge of the blank square.
5) Fold the fabric up, against the edge and hold or clip until the glue dries.
6) Then apply hot glue to the inside edge of the blank square.
7) Tightly fold the fabric to the back.
8) Repeat this same process for the opposite side with screw hole, and the remaining sides making sure the fabric is smooth and tight.
9) Place the covered blank square in the recessed area of the connector base, making sure the screw holes line up. You may need to trim the corners of the fabric in order for the center to fit depending on your fabric.
10) Flip to the wrong side of the connector, and screw the square in place.
11) I like to add a generous amount of glue through the opening on the wrong side to further secure the square in place.
12) Next, take the washer and lay it horizontal on your project where the connectors are to be attached. Mark the center of each hole in the washer.
13) Use your seam ripper to cut a slit at each mark.
14) Apply fray stop or glue to the right side of the slits.
15) Then, insert the prongs of the connector base through the slits from the right side to the wrong side.
16) On the wrong side, place the washer over the four prongs, and bend the prongs away from the center of the connector.
17) And you’re done! I love how professional this hardware looks… I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
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