Mandolin Strap!!

My husband got me a mandolin for Christmas this past year.
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It came without a strap and instead of buying one I have decided to make my own and share my progress with you!! This same pattern can be used to make a strap for a guitar or a banjo also.

~First job is to pick our some fabric!! Any fabric ( except for any fabric with stretch) will do I picked out a cute cotton print with purples and pinks.

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~Second hold your mandolin(guitar, banjo) where it feels comfortable and measure from the button on the bottom to the peghead.

Now your ready to start!!

Cut your fabric 8″ wide by length needed.
Fold fabric in half lengthwise and press, then open fabric.

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Fold each side towards the middle crease line, press.

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Fold in half again matching edges,press. You should have a 2″ wide strip.

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To go around the peghead you need to have something thin and strong. I used a heavy ribbon but you can used whatever you have on hand.

Cut a loop of ribbon long enough to loop through the peghead and under the strings.

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Sew the loop on one end of the strip of fabric.

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Now sew all the way around your strip, trying to stay right on the edge of the folded strip.

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Attach the looped end to the peghead then hold your mandolin where you feel comfortable playing.(put the loop under the strings and around the peghead, now take the strap and put it through the loop and tighten)
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Now mark the other end of your strap where the strap meets the button.
Next make a button-hole at your marked spot.

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Your Strap in now Finished!!

If you want you can use your quilting foot and add lines to your strap or you can do free motion quilting on it!!

This is the first tutorial I have written. I wrote it for someone who already knows how to sew. If you are new to sewing and need more details I would be glad to help you.

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About Black Raven Creations

I love to create things and am one of those people who has to keep my hands busy. I have always been this way. If I am not "creating" in some form I tend to get depressed and blue. I spent many hours at my Grandmother's knees learning how to china paint, knit, and crochet. My home is now filled with items I have created thanks to my Grandmother!! She was a great and loving teacher and I was an eager learner. I have not only filled my house with my creations, but I have filled other family members homes as well. My oldest son told me recently "no more", he will not accept another painting, quilt, or wall hanging of any sort...his walls are filled!! Since my friends and families homes are filled, I have acquired a large pile of finished products... I was encouraged for years to open an Etsy shop, So I finally did!! In my shop you will find my creations using a wide range of textiles all created and made by my hands lovingly taught by my Grandmothers hands. All items are 100% handmade!! There are paintings, hand-stitched items, knitted and crocheted items, sewn items and many more. I hope you enjoy investigating my shop and if you have any questions just ask me. I am looking foward to running my shop and getting to meet new and exciting people. I hope to be able to service this community for many years.
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