After putting up the illustrations showing how to do rouleau straps, I decided I needed to try out the method. It is wonderfully easy. Sewing alongside the cord keeps the stitching straight and the width of the strap even.
You only need to do three or four stitches through the cord at the end to keep it secure. The trickiest part is turning the end inside out to start pulling it through. I was using cotton poplin, but it would have been easier with a finer material, for instance a cotton lawn.
The latest Youtube video went up last night. It wasn't a particularly easy one to make - making my first ever rouleau straps kneeling on the floor, with the sewing machine on a low table and the camera on a low tripod in front of me so I had to reach round from either side of it and do my best not to knock the tripod. I suffer for my art.
The reservation I have with these straps is that they might not take too much strain. This is why I showed two ways of pulling the strap the right way round. If the cord is left uncut you can leave it inside so you can have a reinforced strap. You would just have to make sure that if you are using cotton, both the fabric and the cord are pre-washed so they don't shrink at different rates once they are first washed after the work is finished.
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