DIY Padded Luggage Strap Cover

I bought this great overnight bag, and took it with me on a two week vacation this last spring. It was big enough to pack my laptop, and several other things in it, but, the strap was killing my shoulder. When I came home, I decided to make a padded luggage strap cover, to help with the strain of a heavy bag.

DIY Padded Luggage Strap Cover

DIY Padded Luggage Strap Cover

This project is pretty simple, and takes very little time to make. 

Padded Luggage Strap Materials

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Fabric – 2 pieces (5 inches by 8 inches)
Batting – 5 inches by 8 inches (I cut two because my batting was thin)
Velcro  – 3/4 inch wide – cut to fit inside bias tape
Bias tape – enough to go around the entire piece –  approx. 26 in.

Original Bag Shoulder Strap

This is a close look at the strap, as it came with the bag.

Shoulder Strap Fabric and Padding

Cut two pieces of fabric and some batting to pad the cover. You could use some other fabric, maybe even a piece of an old towel for cushioning. Place the batting between the fabric pieces, with wrong sides facing each other.

Pinning Bias Tape Around Edges

To cover the edge pin and sew some bias tape over the entire piece.

I wonder if you could use duct tape or electrical tape instead?

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Velcro on both sides of shoulder strap cover

Peel and stick Velcro goes on next. One strip on the edge, and the companion strip, on the other side, as shown above.

Folded Padded Shoulder Strap Cover

Fold over to connect the Velcro strips together.

Padded Cuff on Luggage Strap

Here’s the final cover on the luggage strap. 

It’s definitely an improvement, and feels much better on my shoulder.

I’m planning a getaway next month, so I’ll be able to put it to the test.

This padded luggage strap cover was easy to make and comes in very handy if you have a heavy bag to carry on your shoulder.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. I have seen some lovely potholders which I think you could use by adding Velcro straps to them. Might be a bit quicker if you are in a huge hurry.

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