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Hardware Heaven: Swivel Hooks and Sliders

Hardware Heaven: Swivel Hooks and Sliders - Andrie Designs

If there is one thing I really love about bags, it’s all the options. Today it’s a shoulder bag, tomorrow it’s cross-body. Apparently it’s unnecessary to have an entire room dedicated to bags though (pfft, what do they know), so I like to incorporate some of the more practical ideas into my creations, turning a single bag into a wonderland of options. Which brings us to today’s addition of Hardware Heaven: the swivel hook and slider.

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The humble swivel hook is perfect for adding removable straps to purses, clutches and bags. Unlike a handle stitched directly to a bag, the swivel component of the hook allows movement, making it a more comfortable and practical solution.

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Pattern: Statement Clutch by Andrie Designs (Photo courtesy of Paisley Avenue)

They’re also great for adding a key hook to your bags. See Stand Up & Tote Notice Pattern Hack – Key Hook for more.

The slider can be used to turn a basic shoulder strap into an adjustable length, suitable for all tastes. Under arm, hip height, cross body, the possibilities are endless (well…they’re as long as the strap you make, anyway).

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Pattern: Summer Lovin’ Beach Tote by Andrie Designs

Creating an adjustable, removable strap

You will need:

Take one end of the strap and feed it through the slider, over the bar.

Fold the strap back on itself by approximately 1’’ and pin in place.

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Stitch the end of the strap in place using two lines of stitching, approximately ¼’’ apart.

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Feed the free end of the strap through a swivel hook.

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Keeping the strap flat and untwisted, continue to feed the free end though the slider, over the top of the stitched end.

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Secure the free end to the second swivel hook using two lines of stitching, approximately ¼’’ apart.

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Congratulations. Your adjustable, removable strap is complete. You may now find last week’s article, Hardware Heaven: O-Rings, D-Rings and Rectangular Ring, particularly useful in learning about creating attachment points for your fancy new strap.

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Where to buy

Some fabulous online suppliers of handbag hardware include:

Handbag Hardware Australia – Queensland, Australia.

Sew Creative Supplies – Western Australia, Australia.

Voodoo Rabbit Fabric – Queensland, Australia.

Emmaline Bags – Canada.

Bobbin Girl – United Kingdom.

Do you love adjustable, removable straps as much as I do?

Happy sewing.

Lisa x

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