Already a new DIY? Oh yeah! You might already have spotted the DIY on my Instagram story last week. Since most of you voted WITH, I thought let make a DIY of it. Lately, I get more and more questions from true beginners, where to start and what to do… so let’s do an easy DIY. But in the meantime… for loyal followers who might have practiced already quite a bit, let’s do a more advanced DIY. Let’s find out two methods for a laced chain strap!
What do you need:
- A metal chain (in gold, gold or gold? as in my previous post) –> divided in two.
- A leather strap for the shoulder part
- 2x leather strap for the lacing
- 2x D-rings
- optional: 2x chain – ends
- set of pliers to open and close the loops of the chain
Easy laced chain strap
Step 1 – cut the strip and add the chain ends to the chain.
The first step is to buy or cut a strip that has the same width as the loops of the chain. I chose to also make it a little bit thinner, to prevent a really bulky chain. Next, you can link the chain-ends to the chain. I chose for a T-shaped end which I can loop into the second set of d-rings to keep the strap easily interchangeable.
Step 2 – start lacing
Which the easy chain strap, it is truly easy… all you have to care for is the manner of the lacing since you want to make sure your chain is aligned and not twisted. Lace the strap all the way to the end of the first chain, and repeat this also for the second chain. Eventually, it should look something like this:
Step 3 – shoulder pad
For the shoulder pad, I cut a strip of 2 cm by 20 cm. On both ends, I adjusted a D and stitched it with 3 saddle stitches. Even if you are a beginner, I am sure you will be able to manage 12 stitches in total!
Step 4 – fold over the ends
In the last loop, you can fold over the lacing and either glue it or even stitch it. And believe it or not, but you are done already! Wasn’t this easy?? If you don’t like this look and you have some time on your hands, check out the somewhat harder part…
Somewhat harder laced chain strap
As you probably know, the most well-known brand of laced chain straps is Chanel. I guess you’ve never seen a Chanel bag with just a laced ribbon through the loops…but how do they do it?
Step 1 – repeat
Since step 1 and 3 have nothing to do with the lacing itself, you can repeat those steps from the previous example.
Step 2 – fold and fold again
Compared to the previous example, you do need a 4-times-as-wide strap. It also needs to be very thin so make sure you prepare your strap well. The first step in this step is to glue the complete strip on the ‘hairy’ side of the leather. Leave it to dry, for as long as it takes. Next, fold the edges towards the middle as shown in the first drawing.
The next step in this step is to glue the side with the stripe over the middle. Leave it dry. And again fold it double, though this time, fold it over completely as shown in the second drawing.
Step 3 – sew over the complete length
I told you so… It would be somewhat harder. Especially for your hands… if you used to saddle stitch everything. I did not start at it yet… since I am still doubting what to do. But I can imagine that you would use a sewing machine for this part. Since you want to sew both sides together over the complete length.
Step 4 – lace and attach
The last step would be to lace the chain with the double folded and sewed strap of leather. Again the ends will need to be folded over and secured to prevent it from de-lacing.
What would be your favorite laced chain strap? The first, the second or still the chain strap without any lacing? I am not sure, I’ve laced them both but I am not really convinced yet… I will let it sink in for this evening. But luckily I did not saddle stitch the complete folded laced chain strap yet before I knew what I wanted! Well soon, you will know too. Since I will be sharing the first results of the travel bag (not in green!!).