Add a detachable wristlet strap to any bag you already have. Do you have your hands full but want to prevent your clutch from falling? One simple solution: a DIY wristlet strap. I’m making this wristlet strap tutorial as simple addition to the Enya Wallet Pattern and the Ultimate Diaper Clutch pattern, but you can use it with any bag, clutch, or pouch pattern. Check it out!
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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.
How To Make A Wristlet Strap
It’s a great option to add to any bag, pouch or wallet. You can even switch the shoulder strap for an elegant diy wrist strap to turn a small day bag into an evening clutch.
Like I did here with this crossbody wallet bag:
|This is our ENYA Wallet Pattern – get it HERE.|
Using this beginner sewing tutorial, you can transform any zipper pouch into a grab-and-go clutch.
It’s so versatile! You can use one as a keychain, attach one to your phone pouch, or even make one for this Diaper Clutch – new moms are always (eternally!) grateful for diaper clutches that come with a wrist stap. No more dropped nappies! – use the wristlet strap tutorial with this Ultimate Diaper Clutch pattern:
|ULTIMATE Diaper Clutch Pattern HERE|
And last but not least, you can make your own diy replacement strap for those bags or clutches you have been using for a long time. Wristlet straps get wrinkled with use, or even torn. If you’ve got a small fabric piece in a matching print, it’s often way easier to make a new strap than to try repairing the old one!
- 1 strip of fabric 14 inch long by 3 inches wide (36 cm x 7.5 cm)
- 1 piece of fabric 3 inch long by 2 inches wide (7.5 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
Wristlet Strap Sizes
The dimensions above are for a 3/4″ wide wristlet strap. Need a different size? No problem, here I’m listing what width of fabric piece you need for a certain finished wristlet strap width:
- for a 1″ wide wristlet strap (2.5 cm): use a 4″ (10 cm) wide piece of fabric
- for a 3/4″ wide wristlet strap (2 cm): use a 3″ (7.5 cm) wide piece of fabric
- for a 1/2″ wide wristlet strap (1.3 cm): use a 2″ (5 cm) wide piece of fabric
Swivel Hook – What Size Do I Need?
|I’ve searched for swivel hooks on Etsy, too – check them out HERE!|
Now, off to the tutorial:
How To Make A Wristlet Strap
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!
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.
5) Then re-fold your wrist strap. Press.
…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)
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Want More Free Patterns+Tutorials?
|Get Pattern HERE.|
And one of my latest wallet bag patterns – this one:
|Get the Enya Wallet Pattern HERE.|
“name”: “What is a wristlet strap?”,
“text”: “A wristlet strap is a fabric or leather strap that wraps around your wrist like a bracelet and has a cord or swivel clasp that is attached to a clutch, wallet, small pouch. A wristlet strap can turn any bag into a convenient wristlet with just a snap, and you can make one yourself.”
“name”: “How do you hold a wristlet strap?”,
“text”: “A wristlet strap has a loop-like form. Either grab the loop on the fold and carry your wristlet like you would a tote, arm down and the hand holding the strap. Or push your hand through into the loop, then grab the two straps.”