D Rings – Sizes, Sewing Tips, and Craft Ideas
D rings are adjustable metal or plastic buckles that are
shaped like a capital "D". They are commonly used to temporarily
connect a strap or strip of fabric or to make a strap adjustable.
They come in many different sizes and finishes including nickel,
black, gold, silver, antique gold, gilt, and more. D rings are
mainly used for functionality to make a strap adjustable, but
they can also be used decoratively with purse straps and
Sewing with D rings
- Always sew 2 together, one on top of the other. This
allows the strap you will use to connect to be adjustable and will
keep the strap in place.
- Set your D rings with the flat side down on top of your
- Fold the strap over the flat sides of both D rings, and leave
at least 1½ inches at the edge.
- Fold about ½ inch of the edge under to hide the raw
- Place the fold under your sewing machine and sew in a straight
line through all folds of fabric once forward and once back. Do the
same if hand stitching.
- Remove the fabric and move the needle closer to the D rings,
about ½ inch. Sew forward and back once again.
- This will help to reinforce the stitches and keep the D rings
D Ring Sizes
The size is measured along the flat side from one edge to the
Your D ring should be the same width as the strap or fabric that
you are using. If the proper size is not available, always choose a
D ring that is slightly wider than your strap. If it is bunched
around the edges, the fabric will not be able to glide as easily. A
larger D ring will not stay in place as securly as a properly sized
Common D Ring Manufacturers
D Ring Project Ideas
- Belt buckle on a ribbon or rope belt
- Backpack straps
- Purse handle
- Baby sling
- Ties, add a funky hardware element, or attach them to the thick
end for a belt.
- Capes, for an adjustable neckline that will look better than
- Hat or bicycle helmet strap
- Tote bags, use one at a time at the ends of the straps for
- This DIY Dog Collar:
For the tutorial, visit ThinkCrafts.com
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