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How to make an adjustable strap, and add it to your Hippo Hobo

Hi Everyone

Today I’m here to show you how you can make an adjustable strap to go with your Hippo Hobo.  A few of my testers preferred to wear their Hippo’s across their bodies, and a few of you lovely people that have purchased the pattern have indicated you’d be interested in doing the same!  So here is a little tutorial to help you achieve that 🙂


How to sew an adjustable strap

Please note, you can actually add this Adjustable Strap to any bag you choose!


What you’ll need:

2 x 1. ” (3.8cm) swivel clasps

1 x 1. ” (3.8cm) slider

Fabric & Medium Weight Interfacing : 54” L x 6” W (137cm x 15cm)



1. Fold 1/2” (1.2cm) of both short short edges, press.


2. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and press. Unfold.


3. Fold the bottom raw edge up to the centre crease line and press.


4. Fold the top raw edge down to the centre crease line. Press into place.


5. Refold along the centre crease line. Press.


6. Topstitch using a 1/8″ (0.3cm) seam allowance.


7. Thread 1″ (2.5cm) of one short end through the middle of the slider, fold. Sew to secure {shown in pink below}.


8. Thread the other end of your strap through one of your swivel clasps.


9. Thread the loose end back through the slider and out the other side – over the top of your previously secured end.


10. Thread the loose strap end through the second swivel clasp 1” (2.5cm) and sew to secure.



Your Adjustable strap is now finished.


I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial on how to make an Adjustable Strap and I hope to see one on your Hippo Hobo very soon 🙂

I would love to see any Hippo Hobo Bags you make (weather you add a d-ring closure to it or not), so please feel free to share them with me via FB, IG, or T 🙂 or just use the tag #hippohobo

If you would like to purchase the Hippo Hobo pattern, you can do so on Etsy orCraftsy.

If you do use this tutorial to add an Adjustable Strap to your Hippo Hobo feel free to use the tag #tutorialsbyemkie:)

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Happy Sewing!

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  • Reply
    Maria Bestard
    May 10, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Great tutorial! And I love the two color strap!

  • Reply
    May 10, 2016 at 7:26 am

    This is a really great tutorial and useful for so many things! I’ll definitely be sharing this with my readers! 🙂 Lisa

    • Reply
      May 10, 2016 at 10:09 am

      Great! Share away 😉 So pleased you liked it 🙂

    • Reply
      May 26, 2016 at 5:24 am

      Thanks heaps! Glad you liked it 🙂

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