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« on: March 07, 2007 10:17:45 AM »

Any way to quickly turn straps the right way after you've sewn them? I vaguely remember a trick with a pencil and a safety pin from 8th grade home ec... any help?
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2007 10:23:21 AM »

you sew the tube, then sew one end. then you use a straw, insert it and scrunch the tube over it so the sewn end is against the end of the straw. then you get a chopstick, or a birchwood stick frm the nail salon, and insert it agaist the tube end into the indent made by the end of the straw. then you shimmy the tube back over the birchwood stick til it's rightside out. then you use the seam ripper to carefully undo the end seam of the tube.


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« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2007 10:27:04 AM »

I use the safety pin ONLY method. its pretty simple, basically you stick the pin (I use a big one) in the end, then turn it to the inside, then push it through. Hope that makes sense!! ok I made a little tut for you . hope you understand it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2007 11:16:45 AM »

Whoo hoo! Thanks so much! I finally got it. I had to use a pencil to push some of the fabric through because my strap is super long (actually it's gonna be a tie up strap).

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« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2007 11:26:06 AM »

I use a knitting needle to poke it through, but have to admit it still takes me AGES!

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« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2007 12:53:44 PM »

That's how I do it too!!!! Safety pins all the way!
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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2007 01:31:10 PM »

I usually use the saftey pin way...but on smaller tubes I use a crochet hook. I use it like all the other post with point stick-y ideas, but then I can use the actual hook to pull down the outside of the tube into the inside, to turn it. Make sense? 
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2007 11:21:49 AM »

I made the mistake of attempting to make a purse with a super huge long, and thin strap XD  I'm currently trying to do this now, lol...
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2007 06:28:05 PM »

hmm.. what if your tube is too skinny for a straw and you don't have a coffee stirrer?

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« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2007 07:30:02 PM »

Why turn at all?

Cut your straps just a bit larger than usual


Lay your fabric down wrong side down. With your iron, iron in equal allowances on both sides


Then iron those together, folded sides together.


Sew a scant edge



And because nearly every strap is top stitched, do the other side an equal distance away.

Final with edges cleaned up.


You would also use matching thread, or at least a matching contrast.

I do this for all straps. The good thing about it is you can make a very long strap then cut the size you need.

Disregard the icky ironing board cover, time for a new one...and you'd line up your edges much nicer than mine. This was a quickie.
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« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2007 07:40:22 PM »

For really thin straps (like spaghetti straps) I use the bobby pin method.  After you've sewn up your fabric tube fold 1/4" of the raw edge over itself.  Clip the corner of the tube (the one that you did not sew up).  When you open up the tube, you'll have a hole in your tube - insert the bobby pin on the top and 'thread' through the hole and pull through the length of the tube. 

« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2007 07:48:40 PM »

hmm... that could be an idea, thing is i was using ribbon that would just melt under an iron. what i did was...

tie a string to one side of the inside out strap, thread a needle on, then tie the other end of the string to the other side of the unfinished strap, then thread the extra needle through the tube and pull.

it took some effort, but i got the strap right side out!
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« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2007 04:13:44 PM »

Hopefully those answer will work for me to. Whenever I try to turn straps inside out I always rip my stitches and I get to angry to redo it.

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« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2012 06:12:47 PM »

For people who need photos, here's a tutorial for the bobby pin method: http://craftyendeavors.blogspot.com/2009/05/tutorial-how-to-make-button-loops-or.html. It really is a great method. It works better and faster than anything else I tried (the purchased loop turner didn't work at all), and it is cheap (free, if you already have bobby pins for your hair.)

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« Reply #14 on: April 17, 2012 05:33:11 AM »

Thanks for posting the link wifeofbath!  That's really helpful!

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« Reply #15 on: April 19, 2012 01:06:12 PM »

I never thought of the crochet hook on smaller tubes...great idea.....I do alot of smaller straps for doll clothes....and sometimes the pin is just to big...
Thanks for the tip..I'll pick it up next time I'm out!!!'"
BTW...pencils often poke a hole in the fabric!!!!!FYI!!!!!

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