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The Best Kinds of Straps for DIY Totes

Built to last, these durable materials can all be used for straps.

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A trim-store staple, woven ribbon comes in hundreds of colors and patterns.

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Lightweight leather strips turn a workaday tote into an everyday luxury.

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Braided jute cord lends a beachy feel.

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Braided cotton cord brings a pop of color and texture.


Economy rotary leather punch, $15; heavyweight natural cowhide leather strip, 5/8", $10 for 50 ft.; and nickel-plated buckles, 5/8" (similar to shown), $2 each,
Eyelets kits, by Dritz, 1/4" and 7⁄16", in Silver, from $5 each; and striped ribbon (#55102001), 1", $2 a yd.,
Diamond-braid poly rope, 3/8", in Blue and White, $10 for 100 ft.,
Textured leather (#8901ct), by Shindo, width 12, in color #608, $10 a meter, 212-868-9311
Round maple wooden hooks,