Adding adjustable straps to your sewing projects is a simple way to bring an incredible level of functionality to your clothing. Whether you’re making lingerie, a layerable camisole, or a strappy summer dress, knowing how to make a strap adjustable is an important skill that you can use on a variety of different projects. The step-by-step tutorial below will show you how it’s done!
- Two yards of 3/8″ lingerie strap or plush elastic.
- Two 3/8″ bra rings
- Two 3/8″ bra sliders
1) Cut 5″ and 18″ length of elastic.
2) Thread the 5″ section of elastic through the bra ring, matching the raw edges of the elastic.
3) Stitch the ends of the elastic together at a scant 3/8″ to secure. If you are using a piece of elastic with a right side, make sure it is facing outward.
4) Thread the 18″ section of elastic over the center bar of the slider, pulling about 2″ of the elastic through. If you are using a piece of elastic with a right side make sure it’s facing upward.
5) Thread the end of the elastic through the bra ring.
6) This part tends to be the most confusing. Turn the strap over and pass the raw edge of the elastic above the center bar of the slider, then turn it back toward the bra ring and insert the raw edge under just the center bar of the slider and pull 3/4″ through to the other side. If your raw edge is sandwiched between two layers of the strap you did it right!
7) The strap should still be turned over with the wrong side (the part that faces your body) facing up. Use zig zag to secure the elastic to the wrong side of the strap. Do not stitch through the last layer of the strap.
Now you’ve created an adjustable strap! Repeat the steps above to create a second strap.
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments!