How to Attach a D-Ring to a Backpack Lunchbox

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How to Attach a D-Ring to a Backpack Lunchbox
D-rings can add extra places to clip items on your lunch box. (Lunch box image by Scott Williams from

D-rings are a handy accessory that can easily be attached to many everyday items. Adding a D-ring to your lunch bag could provide a handy place to snap your keys, hang a water bottle or keep other important items close at hand. Whether you are just looking to make a fashion statement by adding a little metal or you have a more practical need, following a few simple steps will ensure your D-rings hold up to years of use.

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Things you need

  • D-rings
  • Nylon webbing
  • Thread/needle (or a sewing machine)
  • Patch cloth
  • Duct tape

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    Reinforce the area where you want to attach the D-ring. You should choose a strong fabric that is at least twice the size as the D-ring you are attaching. If you are sewing the fabric patch on by hand, use a strong backstitch. If using a machine, choose a setting that will provide a secure hold.

  2. 2

    Thread a piece of nylon webbing through the D-ring. The webbing should be as wide as the D-ring's flat side, and should be 2 to 3 inches long. Hold the two ends of the webbing together, and centre the D-ring.

  3. 3

    Sew the webbing to the reinforced patch. Start with a straight line parallel to the D-ring. Depending on how much weight/force the D-ring will have to withstand, you can add several rows of stitches. A common pattern for stitching D-rings is a box with a large "X" connecting the corners. You can also use a horizontal zigzag pattern. The bottom row should be close to the D-ring.

  4. 4

    Patch the interior cooler portion of the lunch box if any of your stitches damaged it. Silver duct tape will match the silver insulating material and prevent any leaks from coming through to the exterior fabric.

Tips and warnings

  • Carefully plan the location of your D-rings to minimise damage to the insulating part of the bag. If the D-rings are purely decorative, consider colourful ribbon instead of webbing. If you prefer not to sew, you can find D-rings with attached clips. You can simply rivet these D-rings into place.

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