MP3 Neck Strap

Added: 2008-04-29 | Edited: 2014-09-13 Tags: pattern

This tutorial is written in a way so "everyone" can understand it. Since I'm a beginner myself I decided to make it detailed. Some advanced sewers may find it too detailed or the instructions too obvious. You have been warned

MP3 neck strap

Before starting you should measure the circumference of your head, then add about 5cm for a tight and firm strap.
If you prefer a bit more loose, add 10cm instead. You can play around with your measurement band before deciding what size you prefer.

You may also take into account the length of cable of your headphones. The cable should be able to loop twice around the strap, plus leaving a little extra for the plug (5-10cm). In my case the cable is 150cm so the circumference of the strap should be max (150cm - 10cm) /2 = 70cm.
Since my head is 60cm, anywhere between 65cm and 70cm would do. I'll be using 70cm in this tutorial.

Next is to figure out how wide the strap should be.
Measure the circumference of your headphones or plug (whichever is bigger), add 0,5cm and divide it by 2.
My plug has an L-shape which makes it bigger than the earplugs. The plug measure about 4,5cm in circumference. The width of my straps should be minimum (4,5cm + 0,5cm) / 2 = 2,5cm
I choose to make it 3cm to make it easier to get the cable through.
3-4cm should be enough for most headphones, but you may make it even wider if you wish.

Now that we're done with the boring math we can continue with the fun math

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MP3 neck strap tutorial
Figuring out the sizes of the pieces:
D (inside): circumference + 1cm + (2 x seam allowance)
B (backside): 30cm + (2 x seam allowance)
C (front, top): (circumference - 30cm) / 2 + (2 x seam allowance)
A (front, bottom): C + 1cm
Width on all pieces: width + (2 x seam allowance)

I choose 1cm seam allowance and will be using that in this tutorial.

In my case that gave the following measurements:
D: 73cm X 5cm
B: 32cm X 5cm
C: 22cm X 5cm
A: 23cm X 5cm

I picked different colour on the inner and outer fabric to make it easier to follow.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Zig-zag about 5-10cm along the edge on both ends of D and on either end of A.

3.

MP3 neck strap tutorial

If you wish you may mark the seam line on the wrong side of the fabric. Otherwise you can use the seam allowance marks on your sewing machine.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Fold 1cm on both ends of B and C, plus one end of A (the one you didn't zig-zag). Top-stitch on each fold. See red lines in picture.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Fold D in half. Do the same with B and align them on the middle, right sides facing. Pin.
Pin A and C on each side of B. Note that you want the end of A with the fold against B.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Stitch along both sides (1). Stop about 5cm from each end. Zig-zag the edges (2). Also stop 5cm from the ends.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Turn inside-out and press with the iron. Make sure you press the seams all the way out.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Put C on top of A like in the picture. Also pay attention to how the strap wraps around the neck (red arrows).

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Stitch A and D as shown in picture.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Fold A so it gets under C. Top-stitch along the edge (make sure this top-stitch goes through A and D only).

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Trim or fold the corners. Use an iron or glue to make it stay. Put C over.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Top-stitch along both edges all the way around the strap.
Be careful not to top-stitch the overlapping ends together.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Cut about 10cm of velcro (the loop side).
Trim or fold the corners of D like in point 11.
Stitch one end of the velcro to D.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Fold the velcro and stitch the other end.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Stitch tiny zig-zag at the end of the velcro (1).
Stitch the edges of the velcro together (2).

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Done!


Threading the cable


1.

MP3 neck strap tutorial Start with the long end with the ear plug. Normally this is the one that goes to the right ear. You may want to remove the rubber or muffler for this part.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Pull it through the back side of the strap (piece B).

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Pull the plug end through C.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Continue pulling the plug through A.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

The plug continues through B.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

And finally goes through C a second time.

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MP3 neck strap tutorial

Attach a self-adhesive velcro (hook side) to your MP3 player.


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