Seat Belt Purse – Part 2

Step 4:

When the weave is complete the assembly must be tightened and smoothed out. All gaps should be the same, hopefully nonexistent, and the horizontal loops firmly seated down into the vertical straps.

Once you are satisfied with the assembly it is time to temporarily affix the straps relative to themselves so we may remove them from the form. The best way I have found to do this is to staple them to each other.

The partially completed bag removed from the form
Start at one end, remove a pin, hand tension the vertical strap and staple it to the horizontal. Work your way around the form until all have been stapled. Once removed from the form it should be able to easily support its own weight and maintain shape.

Step 5:

Now it is time to attach the hardware for the carrying strap. Cut two pieces of seatbelt about four inches long. Fold each piece in half so that the cut ends align and staple once to hold. Insert the folded section into the weave where you want the strap to hang from.

At this point it could be sewn in place or attached by some other method, but I have chosen to use rivets. The kit I originally purchased came with a hole punch and a rivet-set so the only other things I needed were a hammer and a sturdy board. Two rivets would probably be my minimum recommendation but beyond that it is just aesthetic preference.

The first attachment point riveted

Step 6:

This step may be a bit difficult for me to relay in text. Remember the loop we set aside from Step 1? We need that now.The grosgrain ribbon should be wrapped around the seam area on the loop. Tack the loose ends together with some fabric glue, hot glue, or somesuch. It does not need to be a permanent fixative.
Seam hidden by grosgrain ribbon
The previous picture shows the zipper already in place so I’ll cover that here. That’s the part I anticipate some difficulty with. Fold the loop in half and place the ribboned seam in the center of one side. Mark the endpoints on the inside of both ends (where the creases are).

The zippers I use have about a half an inch of untoothed space prior to the beginning of the actual zipper. I start with that end abutting the crease mark from before and stitch along that whole side, stopping about half an inch shy of the other center mark. Repeat the process in the other direction maintaining the same margins used on the first side.

When finished, close the zipper and check to see that it lies flat and that the center marks on the loop match the center of the zipper. It should look similar to the following:

The completed zipper assembly.

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