Make a Braided Purse Strap Out of Yarn

diy purse strap

I tend to fill my purses to the brim and use them until they basically fall apart. The strap is usually the first thing to go. Luckily, there are ways to update purses with new straps. Here’s a really easy method that actually turned out even better than I expected.

DIY Braided Purse Strap – what you need:

  • 3 different colors of yarn
  • knitting needles
  • purse with strap attachments
  • scissors

yarn purse strap

diy yarn purse strap

Start by knitting three thin strands that are the length you want your strap to be. I used 6 mm needles and used a stockinette stitch 6 across. But you can, of course, make your strips a different width if you prefer. Once you have three straps of the same length, loop them through one of the strap attachments on your purse and braid them together. Braiding them will make your strap a bit shorter, but the yarn should have a little bit of stretch in it if you use the same stitch and needles that I did.

Once the braid is completed, loop the end of it through the other strap attachment and crochet it to itself so it stays in place. That’s it! I’ve only been using this for a couple of days so I’m not sure how long it will hold up to all of the abuse I usually put my purses through, but at least I know it will be easy enough to make a new one!

diy braided purse strap

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  • Margaret Astbury

    Won’t the strap stretch? It’s a brilliant idea but maybe braid or cord would be better, and more durable.


      Yes, I expected the strap to stretch a bit, which is why the three strands should be the length you want the strap to be – so then they will shorten a bit when you braid it and maybe that will sort of cancel out the stretch factor. But for the long term, depending on what kind of yarn/size needles/stitches/etc. it could still be an issue. But I think you could definitely apply this to other materials as you mentioned!

      Another idea would be to just knit the straps as it says in the post, and then maybe wrap each knit strand around a piece of cord or something, so then it’s more durable long-term but still looks like a knit strap. Anyway, thanks for the input!