Introduction: Bag Strap on the Cheap

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A while ago the strap on my lacrosse gear bag strap broke and I finally decided to buy a new bag. Until it arrives I must use this one. To do this I decided to craft a new temporary strap. It can hold all my gear and hopefully all my water (I tested it using a large juice bottle and my gear). 

Step 1: What I Used

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The reason I say "What I Used" is because this design is based off what I already had so this is just a guideline.




What I use:
~A pair of ripped pants (for shoulder rest) 
~Hemp rope (I have it for restringing cat scratching poles)
~The non-wire part of Christmas light netting (most of Christmas light netting is just plastic wire with no metal inside)
~Bag with loops where a strap once was.

Tools I used:
~Matches
~Knife
~Cup of water (to make sure matches are completely put out)
~Tape (optional. to hold  ends of "wire" still)
~Scissors (to cut pants)  

Step 2: Attaching My "Strap"

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I started by sticking one end of the rope through the loop. Then I looped the "wire" around close to the loop and tied a knot around both ends of the rope(tape could be used here). I then wrapped the "wire" around the rope until it reached the desired length. If desired tape the not knotted end.

Step 3: Securing the Wrap

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I started by running a lit match down the middle of the wrap to tighten and help keep it together. Then comes the long part (depending on material), burning the ends to the wrap. The reason I chose matches to do this is so I have something solid to press the end into the wire with. Do this for both sides.

Step 4: Finally the Shouldier Rest

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My dad had an old pair of pants with a hole in the knee that he let me use. I cut from the knee down and cut off the cuff. I decided since this is not something that would be okay being burned, I did not sue the burning method. Instead I wrapped differently. I started by folding the pants part on the rope. Then I put the middle of the "wire" on the pants part and made a half loop then crossed both ends in a X and continued wrapping both ends in opposite directions. Near the end of of the "wire" (or at the desired length) I stuck the "wires" under both sides of the wraps and cut the excess. 

Step 5: Finn

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Your strap is finished and attached to your bag. You can now go about your life with a fixed bag that hopefully last a while.

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