Having made do with an cheap blue synthetic guitar strap for the last 8 months, I decided that my guitar (Jolene to me, Fender CD-60 with natural finish to everyone else…) deserved better. I was inspired by these Harris Tweed straps, thinking I might find an old men’s tweed jacket to hack up.
I scoured my usual haunts, but no hint of tweed to be seen (it is summer after all). Then I remembered I had this huge vintage wool tunic stashed away. I bought it purely because I love the fabric – a light-ish, woven, turqouise wool with muted, multi-coloured stripes. The back panel was just wide enough for one strap.
I roughly followed this tutorial. I didn’t use interfacing because my fabric was already quite sturdy, but I did iron BondaWeb on the wrong side of my pieces. This meant that when I eventually folded and ironed the strap, the fabric stuck together and made the whole thing firmer. I finished it with a line of stitching at each edge, and attached the leather pieces of the old strap. Et Voila! A strap worthy of any beloved guitar.
I still have a lot of tunic left for more accessories. Maybe a camera cover next…