A nice and easy tutorial today showing our favourite quick method for making rouleau straps (or spaghetti straps). We've applied this to our Flora Dress pattern for a super subtle yet sweetly effective alternative to the shoulder straps.
You will need:
- a length of fabric, cut on the grainline, about 5cm wide and however long you need
- a length of twine or piping cord
- a regular zipper foot
Take your length of fabric and fold it in half lengthways, right sides together and sandwiching the cord in the fold. Pin to secure and stitch the end totally shut, thereby trapping the cord permanently.
Attach your regular zipper foot to your sewing machine and stitch your length of fabric getting right up close to the cord. The cord not only serves to provide a stitching guide, ensuring a straight and even rouleau, but will also make turning the strap to the right side an absolute doddle. Make sure that you leave an inch or so of the cord poking out at the end (the open end that is, not the end that you first stitched shut!).
Trim away the excess seam allowance.
Keeping ahold of the cord poking out of the open end, gently start to slide the fabric down and over the shut end, thereby revealing the right side of the rouleau strap...
Snip off the excess cord and you're all done! We made four little rouleau straps, each one the same length as the shoulder strap piece for Variation 2 of the Flora Dress...