How To Add A Wristlet Strap To Any Bag, Pouch Or Wallet

Add a detachable wristlet strap to any bag you already have. Do you have your hands full but want to prevent your diaper clutch from falling? One simple solution: a DIY wristlet strap. I'm making this wristlet strap tutorial as simple addition to the Ultimate Diaper Clutch pattern, but think anyone else can use it too, since it's easy to make. Using this beginner sewing tutorial, you can transform any zipper pouch into a grab-and-go clutch.

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You can sew a comfortable fabric wristlet strap that will make it easy to carry your clutch, bag or pouch even when your hands are full. You can add it or remove as you see fit, so it's a great temporary solution, too.

And last but not least, you can make your own wristlet strap for those bags or clutches you have been using for a long time. Wristlet straps get wrinkled with use, or even torn. A great DIY instead of a repair, don't you think?


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  • 1 strip of fabric 14 inch long by 4 inch wide (36 cm x 10 cm)
  • 1 piece of fabric 4 inch long by 2 inch wide (10 cm x 5 cm)
  • 1 small lobster clasp - swivel hooks (one like these), width of the clasp base 3/4 inch (2 cm)
  • 1 D-ring or O-ring width 3/4 inch (2 cm)
  • pins or wonder clips (these are the most popular ones)
  • the usual: sewing machine, matching thread

Lobster clasps come in a number of widths. If your lobster clasp has a different dimension, no problem: just adjust your fabric width. (You'll need 4 times the final width of the lobster clasp base.) I've added an image of a few I had at hand at the moment: 

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Now, off to the tutorial:

How To Make A Wristlet Strap

how to make a wristlet strap
 1) Place the long strip of fabric on a flat surface, then fold in half lengthwise, wrong sides together. Press, then open again. Fold the upper side to the center crease  and do the same with the lower side. 

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2) Fold again along the original center and press. Then slide a swivel hook on the strap. It will be a detachable wristlet strap, so it has tons of uses!

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3) Next step: Open out the ends of the wristlet strap and with right sides together, pin them right-sides-together.  (Make sure you do not twist the strap piece! )

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4) Stitch the shorter edges together. I usually use a 3/8 inch (1 cm) seam allowance. Make sure to press the seam open. Your wristlet strap forms one continuous loop now.

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5) Then re-fold your wrist strap. Press.

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6) Now FINISH: edgestitch along both long sides. You'll need to move the swivel clasp out of the way as you sew.

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7) To keep the lobster clasp in place, you'll want to make a few stitches very close to the swivel hook base. Make sure to secure the stitches well, these will keep it from sliding around.

Now you need to make that tab that will hold the D-ring (or, in my case, that O-ring). Let's call it the anchor piece.


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8) Place the small rectangle piece of fabric on a flat surface, then fold in half crosswise, wrong sides together. Press, then open again. Fold the upper side to the center crease and do the same with the lower side. Refold along the center.  Pin.

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9) Stitch along both edges, using 1/8" seam allowance. Pull O-ring through the strip, fold in half. I recommend basting it when folded, so the O-ring stays in place.

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10) You're done! Now you just need to attach your O-ring tab to your bag, clutch, even  a pencil case or a diaper bag. Your choice! 

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If you want a longer wrist strap, you can use this tutorial to add it to your Ultimate Diaper Clutch. I do like the option of having it removable as it gives you an option to add it subsequently.

detachable wristlet strap

Add a removable wristlet to your clutch too! Want to make one and test its use?  Then it's best to choose a project to go with it:

I'd recommend either using it with the original Ultimate Diaper Clutch pattern:

...Or this easy zipper pouch tutorial (it comes with a free PDF sewing pattern - make sure to grab it while you're browsing!) - it already has a tab for the wristlet strap. If you simply add a keyring on it, you can skip the O-ring tab sewing (steps 8-10)

Happy sewing!

Pin For Later:

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  1. WOOT, an awesome idea and featured on Sew Can She! You're amazing. Thank you for all the work you put it.

  2. Another great tutorial, Damjana. Featured today...