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Once you've sewn long enough, you'll start running into the issue of skinny straps and pieces you need to turn right side out. For me this occurs most often when making plushies or straps for bags.

But I've got a super easy way to do it, and it only requires a safety pin!

I've included a video below (with epic FF battle music, because turning a piece of fabric right side out gives me a sense of accomplishment), but I've also included step-by-step instructions. :D


 

Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of what you'll need:
This trick works with alllll kinds of straps. The particular strap I'm using right now is three inches wide, folded in half and sewn using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

For smaller straps, use smaller safety pins!
 
kathy.s.betty10 months ago

Thank you so much for the video! I made some straps for a quilted name tag and for the life of me couldn't remember how I'd done the turning years ago. Watching the video I said, a safety pin....well of course!! haha My straps were more narrow but I used a quilting safety pin and had a little trouble pulling it through but when I was done and the straps were sewn on to the name tag and I was done it looks pretty good!! It is to wear to quilting guild so it looks great for that! TA DA!!!

staida1 year ago
I'm so sorry for the double post. What is that delicious font in the first photo?
staida1 year ago
My guess is that a seamstress traditionally would have had a knitting needle in reach to use for this purpose and I have to imagine that it would be just about the perfect thing.

I have used them, and chopsticks among other long cylinders, to great effect on spaghetti straps, etc. Your method (while it works just the same) seems more difficult, less smooth and would require some ironing almost immediately afterward. It's also a bit violent and I wonder if a sewer with less talent might not rip a stitch out doing that.

(I swear I'm being constructive and benign. My wife says I sound like a jerk all the time but I'm not sure I know how to undo that)
Great tip and awesome video! I've never seen a more action-y sewing video :)