I recently acquired an awesome accordion that hadn't been touched for 32 years... and in that time, the leather straps were stricken with dry rot. One finally gave way yesterday and I am having a hell of a time finding replacement straps without having to order them online.
My question is this: do you think that if I were to crochet straps, would that be a suitable substitute for leather straps? My accordion weighs (I estimate) at least twenty pounds. I have already started making a strap two inches wide in a pretty dense sc and I want to make them pretty long (46 in or so). My main concern is how I will get the ends secured and strong enough to hold that kind of weight. What would be the best method for that? I was thinking adding large buttons on either side and sewing like hell, but maybe someone else has a better idea. Thanks!