Crafting with Poly Webbing
In a roundabout way, I have to thank the homeless animals for my experiencing the versatility of crafting with polypropolene webbing. After all, it was due to my work with the animals that resulted in my first using this product. (As a strong animal advocate, I'm always looking for ways to promote animal adoptions so naturally I have to give them credit for my discovery of this material, right?) :)
Crafting with the webbing to make straps on Adoption Vests for the dogs at the local Humane Society was my first project. The detachable, clear vinyl donation pockets for these vests are also edged with webbing. Later, when I was asked by the animal behaviorist at the shelter to design a corner cat hammock for the kitties, I immediately opted to use the polypro webbing for the corner straps in my design. It's strong composition will hold up the heaviest feline with ease.
Any materials being used in an animal shelter or rescue must be able to withstand lots and lots of washing and rewashing. This webbing is VERY durable!
The uses for this webbing are endless
Besides crafting projects for the animals, I'm including several other of my poly webbing craft projects in the photo gallery below. And a quick search online will result in any number of great DIY ideas for using polypro webbing.
So, what is so special about Polypropylene webbing?
You see this material in use everywhere today. It is commonly used in the construction of dog collars, leashes, boat riggings, straps on tote bags, straps for flexible carry on bags, backpacks, fanny packs (YES, people still use fanny packs!) Sturdy classic webbing belts are a standard fashion staple and an easy DIY project for most any crafter.
Polypro webbing is mildew and stretch resistant. It is waterproof and actually floats on water.
This webbing is easy to work with.
When sewing, just make sure to use the correct machine needle for the weight of the webbing. A heavy duty needle will create smooth, even stitching. Finishing cut raw edges can be done by lightly burning the ends with a disposable lighter. (Amazon also sells a tool called a "hot knife" which does the job as well.)
Polypro webbing is available in several colors and widths.
Pick the color that is right for your particular craft project. On hand right now I have three different colors in my craft supplies: black, olive green and a really pretty royal blue. Poly webbing is also sold in red, pink, navy blue, beige, brown, kelly green, dark green, bright yellow, and white.
Widths commonly sold are: 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch, 5/8 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch, and 2 inches.
Depending on the crafting project this material is intended for, you can purchase it in rolls of 5 yards, 25 yards, 50 yards, 100 yards (which is actually shipped in two 50 yard rolls).
This crafting material is very cost effective.
Generally speaking, the more yardage purchased results in even more savings. For example, 25 yards of 1 inch polypro webbing is currently selling on Amazon for $7.95. For $4.00 more, you can get 50 yards in the same width.
It's your choice. Color, width, yardage, project. Enjoy working with this crafting material. It's one of the top on my list!
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These quick release buckles are so easy to work with. Make sure to match the width of the webbing to the size of the buckle for proper fit. (You'll need 1 inch wide webbing for this buckle.)
Crafting with Polypro Webbing
Let's Renew an Old Canoe Seat!
This video shows how one fan of this polypro webbing used it to re-web an old canoe seat. (This is the exact 1" webbing I also use in all my crafts. I did notice he's using a tool called a "hot knife" to easily singe the cut edges on the webbing. This is a tool I need to get next!) :)