Saturday, July 5, 2014

Tutorial: Make a Ribbon Strap for the Lucky Wristlet

This is the photo tutorial for making a ribbon strap for the Lucky Wristlet.

The tutorial is broken down, step-by-step.  Let me know if something isn't clear.  I will be happy to help you out.

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)

1.  You'll need a crocheted Lucky Wristlet using my free PDF crochet pattern and one yard of ribbon.

2.  Find the side of your wristlet that doesn't have a spike crochet "belt loop" for your ribbon.  This side has a spike.

3.  This side does not have a spike.  This is the strap side.

4.  Fold your ribbon end so you can easily thread it through the first spike stitch.

5.  Keep threading your ribbon under the spike stitches ...

6.  ... until you've gone all the way around.  Adjust the ribbon so both loose ends are the same length.

7.  Take one ribbon end and wrap it around the other ribbon end.

8.  Make a simple knot.

9.  Pull the knot tightly against the wristlet.

10.  Here is what the strap looks like with the first knot completed.

11.  The other strap is now  longer than the knotted strap.

12.  Take the longer strap and wrap it around the shorter strap.

13.  Make a simple knot near the end.

14.  Pull the knot tightly.

15.  We are going to finish the ribbon ends now.

16.  Trim both ends on a diagonal.  I trim them separately, not at the same time.

17.  Here they are trimmed.

18.  I use Fray Check™ to secure the threads at the end of the ribbon so they don't fray and look a mess.

19.  The strap is done.

20.  Now you can use your wristlet.

9 Comments (comments are disabled)

Ann Van Gampelaere said ...
Alice, this is a super cool idea. I was going to make a new starling handbag and I will decorate it with a polka dot ribbon. Thank you for this super clear tutorial.
7/7/2014 8:13 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Ann Van Gampelaere ... You can definitely add a row of the spike stitches to a Starling Handbag and then just tie a cute bow in the ribbon. Great idea!
7/19/2014 10:53 PM

Lauren said ...
I really like the ribbon strap- thanks for sharing how to incorporate the ribbon into the bag! I am thinking I want to make a strap like your old wristlets- so I have more room for a design on the front of the wristlet. I liked the straps you made with the Clover Wonder Knitter. It kind of looks like these were just a 3 stitch i-cord, so I'll try that first. But if it turns out ugly I may invest in the Wonder Knitter.

Would appreciate if you have any special tips for attaching a yarn strap to the wristlet!

Thank you again for sharing this pattern! Your wristlets were my favorite things you've made - it is such a great platform for so many creative decorations.
7/16/2014 12:32 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Lauren ... Great request! The process of adding the loom knitted straps was a little goofy and I changed it every time, but basically I took the two ends of the strap (which are each a single piece of yarn), threaded them through the edge of the wristlet, and tied them together in a tight square knot. That's it!
7/19/2014 10:55 PM

Aura said ...
Lovely!! Thanks for sharing and I am excited about the wristlet pattern too.
7/24/2014 5:56 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Aura ... Woohoo!
7/26/2014 12:48 AM

amanda said ...
this is so cute! thank you for sharing!!
7/30/2014 7:48 AM

Judith - in Ontario said ...
This wristlet is gorgeous. I have new neighbours. They have a fourteen-year-old daughter. Do you think she would like a wristlet?
(Translation - would she think it was "cool.?)
8/31/2014 10:34 AM
futuregirl replied ...
Judith - in Ontario ... Oh, goodness. I'm an old lady, so I'm probably not the best person to ask, haha! Doesn't hurt to try and it's quick to make ... but be prepared for her to not be as excited as you'd hope. That's actually good advice for anything you make for someone who doesn't ask for it first, whether they are 14-years-old or not. Haha! :)
9/7/2014 7:27 PM