Here is one of the knotted handbag straps that I am undoing and recycling into my project

This is what the strap looks like undone

6mm satin ribbon stitched to the wrong side of leather-This  idea is reejected,because of the amount of time it would take to stitch ribbon to each strip, the weight of the ribbon, and i dont like the stitching

Opposite side of sample.  I am going to try spray apinting the backside of the leather.  Hopefully the paint will be absorbed into the leather and not rub off.

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