Project 58: Guitar strap from karate belt

before belt

My son has taken up guitar. We have an acoustic guitar on loan and a few weeks ago, we found an electric guitar on kijiji. He asked me to make a guitar strap. I made the strap and he drilled and cut the appropriate holes in the ends of the strap to attach the guitar. 
endend on guitar

I ripped out the last three stitches from each line of stitching on the belt so I could sandwich the piece of leather between the fabric layers and stitch it into place. My stitching job is not the prettiest. I cut the strap in two pieces and added 5 inches of hook velcro to one piece and 10 inches of fuzzy sided velcro to the other side for an adjustable strap.

after guitar strap

I am so thankful that beginner guitar is so much more pleasant than beginner oboe. I can even recognize what he’s trying to play. (Led Zepplin – Stairway to Heaven, Nirvana – Smells like Teen Spirit and Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World) He just finished his first RCM oboe exam this week. I am thinking his oboe might be a little bit neglected in the next two months.

Some inspiration was found on Pinterest, where I found this video (Guitar or Camera Strap: Easy Sewing Tutorial with Rob Appell of Man Sewing). He uses hardware to make the strap adjustable and shows how to sew a strap.

Also on Pinterest, I came across the most stunningly beautiful guitars from a company in Montreal, called Blueberry Guitars.

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