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D Rings – Sizes, Sewing Tips, and Craft Ideas

D rings are adjustable metal or plastic buckles that are shaped like a capital "D". They are commonly used to temporarily connect a strap or strip of fabric or to make a strap adjustable. They come in many different sizes and finishes including nickel, black, gold, silver, antique gold, gilt, and more. D rings are mainly used for functionality  to make a strap adjustable, but they can also be used decoratively with purse straps and more.

D Rings Craft Ideas and Tips for Sewing | Discount Craft Supplies

Sewing with D rings

  • Always sew 2  together, one on top of the other. This allows the strap you will use to connect to be adjustable and will keep the strap in place.
  • Set your D rings with the flat side down on top of your strap.
  • Fold the strap over the flat sides of both D rings, and leave at least 1½ inches at the edge.
  • Fold about ½ inch of the edge under to hide the raw edge.
  • Place the fold under your sewing machine and sew in a straight line through all folds of fabric once forward and once back. Do the same if hand stitching.
  • Remove the fabric and move the needle closer to the D rings, about ½ inch. Sew forward and back once again.
  • This will help to reinforce the stitches and keep the D rings in place.


D Ring Sizes

The size is measured along the flat side from one edge to the other.

Your D ring should be the same width as the strap or fabric that you are using. If the proper size is not available, always choose a D ring that is slightly wider than your strap. If it is bunched around the edges, the fabric will not be able to glide as easily. A larger D ring will not stay in place as securly as a properly sized D Ring.

Clover Antique Gold D Rings

Common D Ring Manufacturers


D Ring Project Ideas

  • Belt buckle on a ribbon or rope belt
  • Backpack straps
  • Purse handle
  • Baby sling
  • Ties, add a funky hardware element, or attach them to the thick end for a belt.
  • Capes, for an adjustable neckline that will look better than tied.
  • Hat or bicycle helmet strap
  • Overalls
  • Tote bags, use one at a time at the ends of the straps for decoration!

Projects Using D Rings

DIY Dog Collar

D Ring Dog Collar

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