I’m so excited to share this super simple tutorial with you! Making a braided strap is quick and easy and perfect to replace straps on a summer dress like our Hazel dress, shown here.
The part that will take the longest is making the cording, but if you want to use store bought, that will work just fine. You will need a good amount of cording for this tutorial.
Since you’ll be replacing the pattern’s original strap with a braided one, I suggest pulling it out and measuring it. Add about 5 to that measurement and multiply that by 12. You’ve got a bunch of yards to make or buy! But once you have that all ready to go, the rest of the strap is a snap to sew.
I could also see it done up as a fun belt somehow, or even as a trim along a neckline. And think of all the different colors you could use for the cording.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!
- Cording (see note above to figure out how much. Here’s how to make your own.)
Measure twelve lengths of tubing at least 5” longer than the strap pattern piece. The extra length is to make sure your finished braid is long enough. You will probably have a few inches leftover.
Secure the 6 strands to a stable surface. Begin braiding the tubes. You can braid loosely or tightly, depending upon the look you desire. The looser the braid, the more it will stretch, so keep that in mind.
Measure the braided straps against the pattern piece and make any adjustments needed so that the straps are the correct length. Remember that the tubes will have some stretch. Unless your garment has boning to hold it up independently of the straps, the straps will stretch due to the weight of the garment.
Baste ends to the bodice. Try the garment on to make sure the straps fit correctly. To finish, add the facing according to the pattern instructions.
- Use different colors for each strand of the braid
- Use the same color in different lightness or darkness for each piece of the braid
- Use one contrasting color for the entire braid
- Use a striped fabric for the cording instead of matching your solid fabric
Any other ideas on using this?