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How to add eyelets/grommets to your Dash About Cross Body Bag for an alternative strap attachment


Hi Everyone

Today I wanted to invite Leslie from Love Rubie to show us all how to adapt my new pattern the Dash About Cross Body Bag to incorporate eyelets/grommets to allow you to use a different type of strap like this one for your bag. I’m very excited and pleased that Leslie said yes to visiting my blog and putting this great tutorial together for us all 🙂

So over to Leslie to get this party started!

Leslie guest post

To begin I’d just like to say a BIG THANK YOU! to Emma for giving me the opportunity to write up this tutorial for her blog and her fabulous new pattern, The Dash About Cross Body Bag! You’ll definitely need this pattern for your pattern stash! Any-who, I’m Leslie and I own Love Rubie. After 17 years of doing clothing alterations, mostly men’s suits and bridal wear, I became a stay at home mom of two and started sewing bags. I named my little business after my daughter, Rubie. She turned 2 back in April and has recently taken a great interest in my sewing room. Perhaps one day it’ll all be hers!

I’m off to chase my littles! Hope you enjoy the tutorial!


Materials list:

  • 1″ grommets/ eyelets
  • Grommet setting tool
  • 1″ split key-rings, you can also use gate rings.
  • Fray check
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Leather hole punch OR seam ripper & scissors
  • Completed Dash About BagDash About Bag without attached strap*

*Please note, I have slightly adapted my Dash About Bag and added binding to the edges.  This is not necessary to add your eyelets/grommets to the bag, I chose to do it for aesthetic reasons only 🙂


1. First off, there’s two sides to a grommet. The male side and the female side. The male half has a metal stem and is also the front or right side of the grommet. The female side is flat, with teeth, and is the back or wrong side of the grommet.


With that information, take your Dash About Bag without attached strap and place it front side up. Now take the male half of your grommet and place it in the upper corner of your bag. I didn’t measure as its fairly easy to eyeball the position. Press down on the grommet and give it a few twists. This will leave a perfect hole mark on your bag.


2. Place a straight pin off to the side to ensure nothing moves during the next step/ steps.


3. This next step is totally optional. I think it gives the hole a little bit of extra stability for after the hole is cut out. But it’s not necessary and completely up to you. Sew around the hole. I used a zipper foot, made it easier to see while sewing. At this point you’ll probably need to remark your grommet hole.


4. Cutting the hole out. If you have a hole punch or a leather hole punch you can use it to work your way around the inside of the hole mark to cut it out. If you don’t have a punch, use a seam ripper or a razor blade to cut a small slit inside the hole mark and finish up with scissors. Keeping in mind to not cut the hole too big, you want a snug fit for the stem of your grommet.


5. Once your hole is cut, run fray check on the front and back of the hole.


6. Setting your grommets. I set my grommets outside you don’t have to but you do need a firm surface to hammer on. Be sure to do a practice run first to get the feel of how many times and how hard to hammer. Now place the male grommet on the front of your bag and the female side on the back.

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7. Place the front or male side of the grommet on the anvil. The back of your bag with the female grommet side is face up. Place the setting tool short end down. Now give it a few whacks with your hammer. The setting tool will roll down the stem of the male grommet into the female side. Essentially locking it in place.


8.  Now get out your 1″ split key-rings. I use my screwdriver and wedge it into the ring to hold it open an slip the bag and grommet in.

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9. Viola! Nifty rings to attach your strap to!

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Thank you Leslie for this wonderful tutorial!  I can’t wait to see some Dash About Cross Body Bags with some eyelets/grommets and alternate strap soon:)

I would love to see any Dash About Cross Body Bags you make, so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂 or just use the tag #dashaboutbag

If you would like to purchase the Dash About Cross Body Bag pattern, you can do so on Etsy or Craftsy.

If you do use this tutorial to add eyelets/grommets to your Dash About Cross Body Bag feel free to use the tag #tutorialsbyemkie:)

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Happy sewing everyone!

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