With a family trip to the UK in August, we will need a solution for all of us getting to and fro. To help tame the luggage, I've made a carry-on harness. This allows me to secure my purse on top of my wheeled bag as I navigate through the airport. I've seen several for purchase, but I wanted to add my own personal style and customize it to the size I want.
I decided to make an embroidered initial cork harness. This was made with my Baby Lock Altair Sewing and Embroidery machine, but can be made on a standard sewing machine. If you choose to omit the embroidery, you can use one of the widely available printed cork options.
To begin with, I looked in Baby lock Altair embroidery files for the included alphabet files. I chose the letter "S" for our surname and centered it in the LCD screen. I added four buttonhole stitch designs to create the strap anchors. I wanted to back the cork panel to hide the stitching. I added a border frame design to secure the backing in place.
Because cork is difficult to hoop on it's own. I floated it with an adhesive stabilizer. This stabilizer is tacky when the paper topper is removed. Peel it away to stick the cork to the stabilizer without hoop burn.
I ran the embroidery to stitch the initial only first. I kept the stabilized cork in the hoop, but removed it from the machine. I applied double-sided stitch perfection tape around the perimeter of the design.
I added the fabric to the back side of the embroidery. I would have preferred to back it with cork, but I ran out. I am trying to use what I have on hand so I went with a cotton fabric from my stash. I secured the edges with more tape so it did not roll under as the final stages stitched.
After the buttonholes and the frame stitched out I un-hooped it, trimmed a quarter inch past the frame and then opened the buttonholes. The buttonholes are fairly wide. I was uncertain how wide the strap needed to be to be secure. I began opening the hole 1-inch to accommodate the webbing I had on hand. If I find it is too narrow, I can further expand the hole and insert a wider strap.
I converted the Altair back to sewing and I added 2 D-rings to one end of the webbing and secured it at the sewing machine.
To use the harness, I passed the webbing across the back side creating a loop at the bottom and the top.
To use it, I simply slide the webbing over the bar of my wheelie bag, position my bag on top and pass the D-ring loop over the top of my bag and adjust it to fit.
To see it in action, be sure to check out the reel I shared on my Instagram. I am happy with it and plan to make a few more for the rest of the family.