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educo | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Hey ya’ll. I’m STRUGGLING right now. Can anybody tell me how to make denim spagetti straps? I’m using it for button loops. I’ve tried the loop turner, a safety pin, needle and thread, everything. Is there no hope for a gal? Is there a company than can make button loops out of fabric you provide. Enlighten me!


  1. jatman | | #1

    Well, that got my attention!

    Any chance that you can use a ribbon, thin leather strip or yarn instead of denim?  Or here's another thought; how about doubling the denim and doing a zig zag down it then trimming close to the edge?  (This would probably need to be done with a bias cut).  There is something called Fray Check (by Dritz or possibly called something else by another manufacturer) that you can put on the edges if you are afraid of it unraveling.  It makes the fabric a little crunchy but that may be a good thing for a frequently used button loop.  Hope this helps.

    Good luck!




    Edited 9/29/2006 4:12 am ET by jatman

  2. fabricholic | | #2

    Have you tried widening the strips of fabric before you sew the seam? Maybe it's just not a wide enough tube to turn.


  3. sherryv | | #3

    Cut your strips on the bias, and they'll turn easier.  Or, don't turn them at all.  Take the strips, fold in half lengthwise, press.  Then open and fold each long edge to meet at the center crease, press again.  Fold it together lengthwise, press, and stitch.  Press again.  Voila - straps, no turning. 

    This method is useful when your straps are tiny or in a difficult/stiff fabric, or both.  Leather purse straps, for example.


    P.S. - Other ideas - reduce your seam allowance to make more room for turning.  I use the Fasturn tube and hook, but button loops are going to be tiny.  You may be better off not turning them.  Good luck, and let us know what works out for you!

    Edited 9/29/2006 3:24 pm ET by SherryV

    1. educo | | #4

      Thanks to everyone for the quick response. I'm going to use the non turning method. It seems easier because the loops are supposed to finish at 1/8". Cutting it on bias is something I did already and I thought that will make the turning easier. I shaved off a good amount of the allowance, but it came apart at the seams from the stress of me pulling it through. Thanks!

      1. sherryv | | #6

        Wow, itty 1/8th inch turned denim tubes - that is a bugger!  Hope you now have some great little button loops!  :)

        1. educo | | #7

          Yep, it was a pain pressing them but now I have my button loops, I slipstitched the folds closed (ahh, me and my thing for button loops!).

          1. sherryv | | #9

            I was just now thinking about you pressing those little things, funny you mentioned it!  I'll bet they are very cool.  Congrats on conquering them! :)

            Edited 10/4/2006 2:35 pm ET by SherryV

      2. Teaf5 | | #10

        It sounds as if you've solved your problem, but here's another solution for the next time you're trying to make button loops out of stiff fabric:  try button tabs instead.  With the folded and stitched strip, have the "loop" come straight out from the edge, fold it diagonally, then diagonally again, so that it goes straight back.  It will look like a thick arrow with a slit in it for the button rather than a curved loop; this is very sharp, very decorative closure, whether buttoned or left open. You can topstitch the whole tab with contrasting or coordinating thread to flatten and accent the shape.

        Stiff fabrics are usually easier to fold than to curve, and button tabs made from stiff fabrics suit the stiffness very well.


        1. sherryv | | #12

          Teaf & 'Smocker - these are fantastic, clever ideas!  Now *I* want to go make some button loops, LOL!!  Seriously, great ideas.  Thanks for sharing :)

          1. Teaf5 | | #13

            Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I didn't have quite enough fabric for a vest with an overlap, so the button tabs helped span a gap in the center front and make it look intentional.  People--even non-sewers--always compliment me on that vest, which is always funny, as those button tabs were inspired by desperation!

          2. sherryv | | #14

            Truly, those desperation moments inspire some of the most creative solutions!  Don't suppose you could post a picture of that vest?  Would love to see how you did it.

  4. Josefly | | #5

    Are you cutting the strips to make the straps on the full bias? Did you try sewing them a little wider than you want them to be finally, and stretch the bias out after they're sewn and turned, to make them narrower? If it's real twill-weave denim, it might be impossible. I've never used denim to make the loops, but I've made them out of other fabrics, and bias strips are always easier to turn. Another option might be to make the tubes wider, turn them, stretch them, then roll them lengthwise and hand stitch. Good luck.

    1. Josefly | | #8

      Sorry about my redundant message--somehow I missed all but the first two postings on this thread before I posted. Glad you found a solution, though. I bet it'll look great.

  5. solosmocker | | #11

    You may want to consider shopping for a similar colored cotton chambray. This is a very thin cotton often found in the denim colors. It is not a "gourmet" fabric so you should be able to find it at most of the chains. That's what I would do and I think you will have no trouble making those straps after that with your tube turner.

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