Mochila Wayuu bags do well with strong, preferably non-stretch shoulder straps. Here we look at a crochet alternative method of making shoulder straps. (The traditional Mochila bags have woven straps.)
Stitch To Use
I made use of my “strap single crochet stitch” (aka. ssc stitch or strap sc stitch) to make good-looking and strong straps for my Mochila/Wayuu bags.
Bag Straps can be either fixed (non-adjustable length) or adjustable.
Fixed Length Shoulder Strap
For me personally, the fixed length to crochet should be around 111-122 cm long. (Keep in mind that this strap still has a bit of stretch, esp. over time.)
Adjustable Shoulder Strap
My length should be 111++ cm.
To make it adjustable, I made use of metal eyelets and metal buckles. These can be seen in the photos below.
Below, a few short pictorial notes on attaching metal buckle to strap.
How to Attach Strap to Bag
I do like the look of bag hardware on bags. They add another level of quality and professionalism to your handmade creation.
So here I have used of metal rings and rivets when attaching the straps to the body of the bag.
Example 1: with Metal Rings and Rivets
Example 2: Decorative Rivets and Sewing
This one, despite its appearance, is really easy and uncomplicated. I used rivets but only for decorative purposes. The strap is actually sewn securely to the body.
Next step, adding lining to bag.
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