Strap cover tutorial

Here's the how-to for my banjo/guitar strap cover for SYTYC.

I used:

guitar strap (since I don't actually play an instrument, I bought mine here)
48" x 5.5" strip of fabric for inside of strap
multiple squares of fabric of varying lengths, each 5.5" wide
48" x 5.5" strip of fusible fleece or batting

::My measurements are based off my own strap.  Since this is a cover that should be able to slip on and off of your strap, double check the measurements of yours before you start!

::And if you're like me and don't actually play the guitar, you could always adjust the measurements and cover a camera strap or belt.

Start by piecing and sewing your patchwork squares together into a strip 5.5" x 48" long (as I said, adjust these measurements if you need to).  Press the seams flat.

Fuse fleece/batting to the wrong side of the patchwork strip.

For a quilted look, sew straight lines parallel to the edge of the patchwork strip.  Sew the first line 1/2" from the edge, and the rest 1/4" from the previous line of stitching. 

An easy way to make the 1/4" lines is to just line up your presser foot with the previous line and use it as a guide.

Hem all four short sides of your strips.

Pin your two strips, right sides together, on the long sides and sew.

Turn the strap right side out, press, and slip the strap inside. 

That's it!  Now you can rock in style.


  1. Thanks for did a great job!

  2. Those are great! Wish I needed a strap for something! Jackie

  3. And there's the tutorial! I'm hoping to adapt it for a camera strap cover. Think it will work?

  4. Cool! Love it! I've been stalking your blog for a while, but have never commented. Could you one day share where you like to buy your fabrics? Maybe you have before and I just don't know it. I would love to try and make some of your "patchwork" creations, but can never find cute fabric like yours. Thanks! ~cat (

  5. Oh my goodness! I was on your blog the other day and was going to ask you to post a tutorial for this, but didn't want to harass you. LOVE it!


  6. Cool project and tutorial. Now I have a great christmas gift idea (I plan ahead)!

  7. Awesome! I totally voted for this - looking forward to making this, but for my camera strap.

  8. This is incredible! Thank you for posting this. I want to make one for someone special. I, too, want to plan ahead for Christmas!! Thanks a bunch!!! Great work.

  9. That is so pretty! Thanks so much for the details, I'll be linking.

  10. Very cute! I really love that flirty apron in your banner!


  11. I really need a camera strap cover...looks like you may have nudged mealong... I'm already planning the fabric.

  12. Great tutorial! You are SO crafty! I am following and can't wait to see what you will make next! :)

  13. Oh wow! I've got to make one for my camera strap and my guitar! Thanks for sharing this! :D

  14. i am in LOVE! i'm a newby to guitar playing (2 years). i will so be making this to jazz up my plain guitar strap. maybe after i make it i'll be inspired to actually learn to STAND AND PLAY! currently i can only play while sitting. :-)

  15. Thanks!
    The perfect present for a hard-to-craft-for musician. Now if I can just pick out the right fabric... :)

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