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How to Attach a D Ring in Sewing

Updated April 13, 2018

D-rings are usually made from a thin metal rod fashioned in the shape of a capital "D," with a straight side and a curved side. D-rings can be used as a non-functional accessory on clothing or belts, or as a functional piece of hardware on an item that needs to be tied down, tensioned or secured in place. Non-functional D-rings can be attached in a variety of ways, but functional D-rings require specific attachment and sewing techniques in order to maintain the integrity of their holding power.

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  1. Reinforce the area of fabric where the D-ring will be attached so that the fabric will not tear when the D-ring is pulled. Reinforce the area by sewing a square of fabric on the attachment area. The square of fabric should be 1-inch larger than the D-ring, so that if you have a 1-inch D-ring, the fabric square should be 2 inches by 2 inches.

  2. Measure the flat side of the D-ring, on the inside of the "D." The most common D-rings measure 1 inch, 1 ½ inches or 2 inches. This measurement will be the width of your holding strap.

  3. Cut a 3-inch long holding strap. Polyester webbing makes a strong holding strap material and is available at fabric stores, boat supply stores and marinas.

  4. Insert the holding strap through the D-ring and fold the holding strap in half, bringing the cut ends of the strap together. Pull the D-ring to the fold of the strap, so that the flat side of the D-ring rests in the fold.

  5. Position the holding strap/D-ring where you want it attached. Sew a stitch line on the holding strap, parallel to the straight bar of the D-ring, ½ inch from the fold.

  6. Continue sewing, alternating your sewing machine from forward to reverse, in an up-and-down pattern until you get to the cut edges of the holding strap. Your stitch pattern will end up as a 1-inch wide, sideways zigzag.

  7. Stop sewing where the holding strap ends. You can increase the holding power of the D-ring by continuing sewing back across your sideways zigzag, in an opposite pattern, ending up on the stitch line parallel to the D-ring.

  8. Repeat the attachment process for as many D-rings as you will be using. The more D-rings you use, the less tension there will be on each individual D-ring.

  9. Tip

    Choose a fabric for the reinforcement square that will not rip easily. Heavy vinyl fabric is a good choice for the reinforcement fabric.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tarp, or other item that needs D-rings
  • Reinforcement fabric
  • Polyester webbing, width to match D-ring
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

About the Author

Drue Tibbits is a writer based in Central Florida, where she attended Florida Southern College. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur and Your Home magazines. She has also been profiled in the Florida Today newspaper and the Writer's Digest magazine. In addition to writing brochure copy for local businesses, she helps new start-up companies develop a local image presence.

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