Bring your back piece back into the picture and we’re next going to insert in our straps.
First, separate the straps out into groups to stay organized. For both views, the side straps are the shorter ones and the top straps are the longer ones.
The shorter straps will go into the sides, then the two longer ones will come out the top.
Once you know where everything is going you can start inserting the straps into their appropriate areas. Your back piece should still be inside out for this!
Here you really can get creative with how you want the straps to be placed. You can even do things like add more straps or make thinner ones or braid them or something cute like that, but if you plan on doing that just be aware you might need to tweak the given strap lengths in the pattern
Use as many pins or clips as you need, and don’t be afraid to break this up and just focus on one strap at a time. You can also pre-mark where you want your straps to go if that’s helpful. And another tip is instead of using pins or clips you can work one at a time and sew a tacking stitch to get each of your straps into place. Overall this is tricky to do so break up the process as much as you need to!
Once you’re happy with where your straps are going, switch on over to the sewing machine and sew every strap down. Use a straight stitch for this, because later we’ll go back and be able to trim the excess. This is going to make our sides come out a lot cleaner and help us avoid any of the bulkiness that can happen if you don’t trim up the side seams. Just make sure you’re using a straight stitch you trust, because these straps will have plenty of tension pulling on them.