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A Strap Protector Tutorial

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To make strap protectors, cut rectangles with 7″x10″ dimensions. 

You’ll need at least two layers of fabric per protector (perhaps 3 if you’d like them to have a little substance, absorbent layer, or in order to be reversible). I’m going to be making a simple set of reversible pads in the two fabrics shown. I’ll be using a layer of fleece in these to repel moisture away from the straps.

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Place right sides (or the brighter pretty sides) together. If you’re using a third layer, lay it on top now.

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In this photo, the fleece layer is laid on top of the coral fabric.

 

Pin and mark a small segment to turn or flip the fabric through once you’re finished sewing. I habitually use my yellow pins to mark the area that will be my turning hole opening.

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Sew around your rectangle, making sure to leave that turning space unsewn. These dimensions will allow for up to a half inch seam allowance. I like to sew mine somewhere around the 3/8 mark, but these are pretty forgiving, especially if just for personal use. 

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Trim away some of the bulk from your seam allowance.  (I’m using my applique scissors because these are my sharpest my other scissors are quite dull at the moment)

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Turn your strap protector right side out through your turning hole

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Use a sharp object to get into the corners and work out any bulk

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Line up your turning hole edges and pin them shut… ironing helps here (but I’m being lazy right now). 

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Topstitch around the rectangle. Stay close to your fabric edge to be sure that you are catching the fabric at your turning hole point. I like to use the inside of my presser foot as a guide…

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See? Nice and tidy if you follow the edge.

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Now, to add the snaps:

Mark your snap placement along the shorter sides of the rectangle… mark 3 dots on one side, flip your pad over and on the opposite end mark 3 more.   (You shouldn’t see more than 3 markings on either side of the fabric, nor either end.) 

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On the coral side of my fabric, I’m going to insert 3 caps with the prongs going through to the teal side of my strap protector.

On the teal side, I am inserting 3 caps with the prongs going through toward the coral side of my strap protector. 

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Showing Cap/Prong Insertion

 

And here is the finished product!  The awesome part is that they are reversible! 

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 Stay tuned for more tutorials coming soon!