DIY: How to Make Straw Bags

What are Sewing and Binding?

In sewing, binding is utilized as both a noun and a verb to refer to finishing a garment hem, usually by pressing or rolling, then stitching on an edging or trim (sewing). 

Amid Coronavirus, it has become rather challenging to venture out and find shops that could bind our bags. However, with minimal knowledge and patience, you can… Do It Yourself

Things to know before Binding your Bags: 

  1. Decide the looks you desire before picking the binding type. Is your bag going to be dressy, casual, bold, dainty? This will decide your preference for binding.
  2. What is the size you are comfortable with? The size I suggest is one-inch to let a snug fit around the board’s front, side and back. Some people choose a larger size, which can look bulky – but you’re the artist; you do the art.
  3. The weight of your cover not only changes your ability to move but also the look of your bag. I suggest using lightweight vegan leather or webbing.
  4. When picking a straw to bind your bags, pick a soft peel, not the hard, dry straw that gives your fingers an intense workout. Its also a more beautiful straw plait intended for this purpose.
  5. Choose a heavy-duty needle that can penetrate through your layers. A lightweight needle will frustrate you if it keeps on breaking while sewing.
  6. Examine your threads on a specimen webbing with your purse board. Cheap threads will tear easily and hinder your progress. Serger threads are not intended to sew one-ply, so they often break easily.

Time to attach the binding

  • Cast a clean edge of the binding, fold over about 1/3-inch
  • Stitch down to lock in place to decrease the chances of fraying.
  • Wrap the binding in half to form a vertical channel
  • Find an obscure position where you want to start your webbing.
  • Slide the channel over your fabric-covered board.
  • While holding the binding stiff, sew as close to the open edge as feasible.
  • Tug at the binding slowly as you sew to dodge puckers
  • Take your time going across corners.
  • When you have made it back to your starting point, break the binding, leaving about 1-inch excess.
  • Wrap the last piece under as you did the first and go on sewing over the source position for about an inch, and turn the stitch to lock it in.

Be patient when sewing your binding. It is not essential to sew fast; it is necessary to sew accurately and neatly. 

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