Spaghetti Straps…Let’s make some!

Alot of what we do as seamstresses, is construct items that enhance a garment or upholstery project.

Making spaghetti straps (or straps of any width) or fabric covered tubes falls into that category.

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I borrowed this great tool from a friend of mine years ago. It’s called a Fast Turn.

It has that name because it helps you turn these tubes of fabric right side out in a matter of seconds.

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This one is made by Nancy’s Notions. A less expensive one is found at Clothilde. There’s even this one which is ultra cheap, but I can’t tell from the picture if it works as well. Hey, it might even be better. Anyone?

There are two main components. One is a brass tube and the other is a wire with a squiggly tip at one end and a plastic glob at the other.

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The squiggle tip looks like this:

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Each kit comes with several sizes, so that you can make many different widths of straps or tubes.

You can use the turning technique for anything you are making.

Today, we’ll be making spaghetti straps. The measurements I give you make a perfect spaghetti straps.

If you need to buy fabric to make the straps, you’ll only need to buy 1/8 yard. However, they won’t take up much of that 1/8 yard. You may find that you have small narrow scraps lying around that might work perfectly.

Each strip of fabic will only be 1 1/8″ x 18″. Eighteen inches might be a little long, but you’d rather have them be too long than too short. Right?

So, first cut your strip(s) 1 1/8″ x 18″. I use a rotary cutter and mat, but you can easily do this with scissors if you don’t have the cutter and mat.

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The strip looks really narrow, doesn’t it?

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Good. You have it right.

Now fold it lengthwise, right sides together, and sew down the long edge of it with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Choose a brass tube that will fit into the hole without being too big (tight) or too small (loose).

Insert the brass tube into the hole you just made in the strip:

Push it all the way through the tube of fabric until it sticks out of the opposite end.

Next, slide the coordinating wire (which has the squiggly tip) into the tube.

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Fold over the very top edge of the black satin so it covers the brass hole. Hold it down with your finger.

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Now, slide the wire up through the brass tube and twist it so that the squiggly end comes up through the fabric like this:

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Now, gently pull the plastic end of the wire gizmo. As you pull the wire back through the brass tube, the wire will be bringing the fabric along with it.

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Keep pulling on that wire portion and soon you’ll see the fabric come out of the end

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Once you’ve pulled it all the way out, untwist the wire and gently pull it away from the strap.

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Sew your straps into the dress or camisole or whatever project you’re working on.

Wasn’t that easy?

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10 Responses

  1. Cool tool. I also used the wire one that has a small latch on the end.

    I like to make my spaghetti straps using bias strips because the seams seem to pucker less, giving the strap a smoother look. I insert 1/8″ ribbon inside the strap to stablize it and add strength.

  2. Hello Linda:

    Thank you for the email.\

    After turning the strap right side out, I use a bodkin threaded with the ribbon to insert the ribbon inside the strap. The bodkin I use looks like a jumbo needle with a small ball on the end instead of a point. After the bodkin comes out on the other end, I smooth the strap along the length of the ribbon to eliminate the stretch.

  3. I have used the wire that has the latch on the end. The only trouble is that if you accidentally go backwards, the latch unlatches and you lose the strap material. Have you ever had that trouble with them?

    I haven’t had any trouble with puckering when I cut my straps on the straight of grain. Usually, I am shortening all sorts of straps on dresses for customers because they were cut on the bias and the customer hung the dress by the spaghetti straps and they stretched out. However, I have not tried reinforcing them as Mpressive Threadz states. I will have to try that. Thanks so much for the input!

  4. How can I put cording in the tube at the same time as I turn it? I need to make straps for purses and want them to have some body.

    Thanks…Jane

  5. nearly in a state of tears , i’ve been trying to make your spag straps but cant get a Fast Turn in UK and anything else wont turn them inside out as there two narrow at 1/8th , for my daughters wedding dress, someone over here could make a fourtune just selling very neat narrow ready made, spagettii straps.

  6. If you can’t get a Fast Turn in UK, there are some ideas here on using a hairpin or a bodkin and sewing thread.

    http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/review/readreview.pl?ID=288

  7. use a sailmakers needle about 2-3″ long. double thread, sew at the end of the strap, insert needle backwards, slide gently through to the end turning the strap as you go. can make the straps as thin as you want. chuck in hawaii

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