When sewing purses or bags, it’s pretty common to sew tabs that will connect to d-rings or other rings. Most of the time there are instructions on how to cut and sew the straps – but usually for only one size of ring.
But what if you don’t have that size handy? And you have another size instead?
For example, in the tutorial on how to sew a crossbody purse, I used 1in-wide D-rings…but you can use another size if you prefer. And you’ll need to know how wide to cut the strips for the tabs.
Once you know how to sew ring tabs for straps, you’ll discover that it’s easy. But it’s really easy once you have all the measurements you’ll need and can swap out any size ring that you have on hand!
First, decide which size rings you’ll be using. Then just use the chart below – which shows some of the most common sizes – and cut the width of your fabric to the size shown in the second row.
Cutting Dimensions for ring tabs
|Ring size||Width to cut||Finished width|
|1/2 inch||1 1/2 inches||3/8 inch|
|1 inch||3 1/2 inches||7/8 inch|
|1 1/2 inches||5 1/2 inches||1 3/8 inches|
|2 inches||7 1/2 inches||1 7/8 inches|
Got it? Now, sew ’em up!
How to sew ring tabs for straps
After you’ve cut your fabric to the width needed – and the length you either want or as specified in your pattern, fold the fabric in half, wrong sides together, parallel to the width. Either crease it or press – you’re wanting to mark the center. Open it back up.
Now, place the fabric wrong-side up. Fold the bottom up toward the center crease, and press, as shown in photo 2 below.
Next, fold the top toward the center and press.
Finally, fold the fabric in half, so the raw edges are enclosed on the inside, as shown in photo 3 below.
Stitch along both sides, about 1/8in from the edge, as shown in photo 4 below. I move my needle position to the right so I can keep the presser foot on the fabric and still sew close to the edge.
This is a little harder on a thin tab for a 1/2in ring, but in that case, just stitch once, in the center.
And that’s it! Now simply slide on your ring, fold the tab in half around it, and attach your tab to your bag as shown in your pattern!
Wasn’t that easy?
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