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« on: February 07, 2004 07:40:01 PM »

hi all,

i'm new here, but have been enjoying browsing through everyone's creative ideas!

i'm hoping someone will have a suggestion to fix a problem i have with a crochet purse/messenger bag i've made. i lined the bag part and put in a zipper. the problem is, i didn't line the strap part, nor did i make it shorter than needed in order to account for the yarn stretching. so now the strap is too long. i can't pull the stitches out without unraveling the whole purse because i crocheted the strap and purse all as one piece.

anyone have any ideas for how i can shorten the strap? (and please don't say tie a knot at the shoulder, 80s style, because i think that's a style that should remain firmly in the 80s!)


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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2004 07:54:19 PM »

Hi, I'm new too. Have you thought about pleating over the excess strap (either in the center or at the strap/purse join) and sewing it down? You could cover the flaps with a rectangular decorative panel or line the entire top of the strap with ribbon if pleats are not your thing.
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2004 02:46:50 AM »

you could buy a decorative buckle (like the ones on belts) and after pleating a section off the strap to reach the desired length, you can stitch the buckle on.
it would seem as if the buckle works (but it's for decorative purposes only so that you can cover the pleat)
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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2004 07:31:38 PM »

You could pleat the strap inside the bag and sew it in place, so your strap will stay clean (if that makes any sense).

On another note, I would like to know how you lined your bag... How did you sew/attach you lining to your crochet piece?
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2004 03:26:43 PM »

thanks, everyone, for the ideas thus far. i haven't gotten around to changing the bag yet because i, as usual, have a zillion other projects going on at the same time. this one is something that i finished a while ago, found i wasn't pleased, and forgot about... until i found this board that is!

bibe, to do the lining, i just made a separate pouch from scrap fabric that matched the measurements of the crocheted piece. i put the zipper in while it was still separate. then i just dropped it in to the crocheted purse and sewed by hand around the top. (the zipper was open so i could work from inside the lining, and i just went in and out with the needle where the crochet stitch is open - at the same place you would put the crochet hook if you were stitching another row.) the sides and bottom of the lining are not attached to the crocheted bag at all. but that doesn't pose a problem for me. nothing terribly fancy - i hope you weren't expecting a method that would enable you to hide all your stitches!

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2004 07:18:36 AM »

You could thread some of the yarn/fiber you used for the strap through the length of the strap and pull it so that the yarn/fiber is the desired length.  Fasten it off and you'll have a cool ripply effect on your strap.

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