Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Handles, Straps and Hardware: Tips and Techniques

Did you know that ByAnnie.com has a wide range of free online tutorials to help you learn to do everything from work with Soft and Stable® to sew a Folding Wallet?

As part of the Road to California Bag Challenge Blog hop, today we are highlighting our Hardware and Strapping video series. We hope these help you achieve fast results and help you make better and more functional bags!

GIVEAWAY ALERT: See details at the bottom.

Hardware and Strapping Tutorial Series

Hardware, Handles and Straps: An Overview
Learn how to make basic fabric handles and straps and get them ready to attach to your bag.

Preparing Detachable Straps
Discover the tricks to making sturdy, functional straps that will match your project beautifully. Annie covers inserting strapping and how to finish the ends.

Choosing Hardware
In this video, we'll show you the hardware available at ByAnnie.com and share tips for picking out just what you need for your next project.

Making an Adjustable Strap Using a Wide-Mouth Slider
Watch step-by-step as Annie shows how to attach a widemouth slider to make a strap adjustable for carrying over the shoulder or for carrying cross-body.

Making a Detachable Strap
Learn to attach the necessary hardware to make an attachable/detachable strap.

Making an Adjustable, Detachable Strap Using a Strap Adjuster
Discover how to make an adjustable, detachable strap if you are using a strap adjuster rather than a slider.

Using 1/2" Hardware for Adustable, Detachable Straps
In this video, Annie demonstrates how to make an adjustable strap using 1/2" hardware. She shows how to attach sliders to make the strap adjustable and swivel hooks to make it detachable.

Hardware, Handles and Straps: Conclusion
Annie wraps up this series of videos. Thanks for watching! We hope you've learned some useful techniques for making handles and straps for your bags.

Giveaway! 1.5" Nickel Carrying Strap Kit
As part of the blog series we are giving away two Carrying Strap kits, which include strapping and hardware (a $25 value) to make an adjustable/detachable carrying strap.

The two random people that do both of the following before August 20, 2017 win!

1) Comment below about what you learned from the videos.
2) Email us at webmaster@byannie.com with your address.

The On the Road Challenge is sponsored by Road to California and Soft and Stable®. The last day to submit your bag to the challenge is October 1st, 2017. Official rules and entry details can be found here:

This blog is part of the "On the Road" Bag Challenge blog hop. To see previous and upcoming posts, we suggest visiting the starting blog to find links. Click here to see the full list.

While there is no limit to the number of entries a person may submit, there is a fee per entry: $10 for an online entry and $15 if the entry is mailed in. All entry packets must be received by October 1, 2017. Winning entries and additional entries selected for display will be notified by December 1, 2017.


  1. I learned how to attach the hardware to the strap to make a detachable strap. I always had a hard time doing this and the videos are a tremendous help. Thank you!

  2. I learned that there is nothing Annie can't do. She is a bag goddes.

  3. I learned about soft and stable today. I want to make a bag soon. I like the video about making a detachable straps. I learned I need soft and stable! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  4. I love the installation on the 1/2" strap. I tried to do that on one of your patterns and just didn't understand it from the instructions. Thanks again for wonderful patterns!

  5. Making incredibly difficult / professional looking bags isn't as hard I thought it would be! Zippers can be easy to install. The ByAnnie stylus is my new favorite sewing gadget. How did I sew without it before?

  6. I learned a way to make stronger straps.

  7. I learned that ByAnnie sells high-quality hardware for making professional looking bags. I'm currently making my second ByAnnie bag and I love Annie's patterns!

  8. I learned how to make a slider adjustable strap and make it detachable with a swivel hook. These tips are very helpful.

  9. I learned how to use the wide mouth slider to make the length of the shoulder strap adjustable. I am working on the Ultimate Travel Bag from your Craftsy class, so it was helpful to see the process again.

  10. Seeing the hardware installed on the strap was a lifesaver! I always get so confused & end up with something twisted! This is easy to follow, and if I get confused I can always rewind!

  11. Your videos are extremely informative and easy to follow. I learned how to strengthen straps and finish the strap ends to eliminate bulk

  12. Your videos are extremely informative and easy to follow. I learned how to strengthen straps and finish the strap ends to eliminate bulk

  13. I have recently purchased your DVD from Craftsy for the Ultimate Travel Bag and look forward to learning how to apply the zippers and making the straps.

  14. Thank you to everyone that commented and sent in their addresses! We had a great response and wer were so glad to see that the videos were beneficial to each of you. In the end, we decided to award five kits. If you are among these five you will be get an email in your inbox shortly. Thank you again to everyone for participating.


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