Thursday, April 29, 2010
Strapping It On!
I made this strap for my husband years ago and although he doesn't use it often, it's still one of his cherished possessions. I really enjoyed making it for him and it was one of those projects I took with me everywhere as it didn't take up a lot of space.
If you'd like to make one of these for the musician in your life it's a relatively easy process. The most difficult thing was the strap hardware. In his case I took apart an old strap and used the pieces. I would think that you could probably pick up an inexpensive strap and cannibalize it.
To make the strap I started off with a strip of fusible fleece, it gives the strap more strength than standard batting. Then I used scraps and crazy quilted from one edge to the other, adding applique and beads as I went. Once the strap was the proper length I fused the quilted fleece to a piece of interfacing to give the strap more heft, and then mounted it on a long piece of coordinating fabric. I allowed an inch extra on both sides of the lining so I could turn over the edge to the front of the strap. This I whipstitched down.
It's been years since I did this but I would make sure that before you add the hardware that everything is functioning as it should. I pinned everything together just to make sure.
I also made a little kit bag to go with it. My husband uses his for storing picks and his glass slides.
I hope this inspires you to apply your quilting skills in even more directions.