I have fallen in love with the mini-professional tote bag that I recently made! This is one bag that really works for me in so many ways!
I've been looking at purchasing a cross-body bag for a trip later this year, when it suddenly dawned on me- why not make another mini-professional tote with cross-body straps! The only question is- I don't know how long I need to make the straps. This will be the very first time that I've tried anything like this, so if anyone can help me with how long the straps should be, I'd be extremely grateful!
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I love all types of these bags. Find one of your purses with the longest strap. Put something really heavy in it, then try it on. Where does it ride on your hip? Camera straps and luggage straps are also good trials to see which is the most comfortable.
I like a wide strap. I would recommend a purse strap stabilizer (Nancy Ziemann) or other stiff lining. If you can, share a photo with us so we can oooooh and aaaaah.
Have a friend use a tape measure and hold you tote where you would want it to be and have your friend measure the length of the strap.
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My purchased crossover purse (small one) has a 46 inch strap.
I have used purchased nylon webbing for straps and really like it. The 2 inch stays in position on my better than the 1 inch.
I made a mini-pro bag and like it but later took the center pouch out because it didn't fit my IPad easily. If I make another one, I would put that pouch on the side instead of smack in the middle, in that case, I would use the outer bag pattern pieces for the lining also. The only thing I didn't like about the bag/straps is the second strap always falls off the shoulder. I would try to figure a way to use one from the sides if I can.
Take into consideration your size. If a little skinny anorexic looking size 000 wore a cross over bag that I made, it would hang down to her knees.
Just take your mini tote and some twine, ribbon, webbing, etc. and pin one end to your tote. Then drape it over your body and adjust to the tote to where it suits you and pin it there. Walk around the house and decide if you like it there...making adjustments. Then, measure from pin to pin and allow a bit for sewing in/on.
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Can someone show a picture of the mini pro bag, or a link so I can see what it looks like? Thanks. I so need to wear a cross body bag, just can't keep a shoulder bag from falling off my shoulder.
Here is the one I made, it is not a small bag. It measures something like 12" x 14". I like mine for holding all the stuff for the trip including my small purchased pouch/crossbody purse. Then when I need to go into shops or somewhere, I grab the small purse and go, but all the other "necessities" are in the big one still in the car.
If any of you are using webbing for straps, I have a candle in my sewing room so I can light it, then run the ends of the webbing through the flame top to keep them from raveling. Less webbing to fold over or to zigzag the edges. One time through the flame top and it is done. Makes it nice looking finish on it but that end is always next to the project so it doesn't show to the public.
Make sure u can reach the stuff that's in the very bottom of the bag without having to hitch your bag up with the other hand!!!! Amhik: I have a bag that needs it's straps shortened, lol
I'm hesitant to give a length because most of the bags I've seen are too long for shortie me. I only have one that's in the ballpark.
I'd suggest taking a bag of any kind that is about the same size, pinning a cord to it, draping it over your body, and pinning the other end where it feels comfy. Then unpin one end & measure the distance with a tape measure. (Or if you have a fabric tape measure, use that as the test strap.)
Thanks Quilting Wifey, your bag is really nice. I think I want one a little smaller, but most of the ones I have seen are too small, or too large. That's the beauty of making your own, you can make it "just right", (like Goldilocks).
Google mini tote and you will find lots of them.
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I have a bag with a sliding buckle on it to make the strap short enough to hold in your hand, hand on your shoulder or longest to put across your body.
That's what I say too. Make it adjustable with a slide buckle on the strap and can be moved or lengthened to your needs.
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